Cidade Histórica

Vacation Travel Guide
Porto Seguro featuring a church or cathedral and heritage elements as well as a small group of people

Porto Seguro’s Old Town is where the Portuguese first settled in Brazil. Wander the dusty streets, visit 16th-century churches and enjoy superb coastal views.

Journey back to the early 1500s at the Cidade Histórica (Historic Center). This open-air museum is where Pedro Álvares Cabral and his band of explorers first landed on Brazilian shores. The Cidade Histórica commands a spectacular hilltop location and marks the point where the nation’s history and culture would be changed forever. Explore the ancient colonial-style landmarks, handicraft stores and museums set around lush gardens.

At the heart of the district is the Marco do Descobrimento, a stone pillar brought from Portugal and erected to mark the newly discovered land. Step inside the peaceful Nossa Senhora da Pena Church to see the statue of St. Francis of Assisi, one of Brazil’s earliest religious icons. Browse the collection of chalices and crucifixes in the Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia Church. The Church of St. Benedict was erected by Jesuits in the mid 1500s and has a wonderful ocean vista.

A must-see while here is the Porto Seguro Museum, housed in the former building of the municipal town hall and jail. Its exhibits retell the life of the early Portuguese settlers and the indigenous tribes, who ruled the region prior to the colonial years. Go down into the museum’s basement to see where lawbreakers were once imprisoned.

Peek inside the rows of well-preserved colonial houses, some of which are home to souvenir shops selling Bahian crafts and clothes. Purchase a colorful fita (good luck wristband) and attach it to the fence in front of the Porto Seguro Lighthouse. Watch capoeira martial arts and traditional Bahian dance performances at the ruins of a Jesuit school.

Reach this attraction by following an uphill path for about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Porto Seguro’s city center. Alternatively, taxis are readily available. There’s a large car park at the entrance to the district.

The Cidade Histórica is open daily. Knowledgeable unofficial guides offer tours of the buildings. Be sure to negotiate a price if you wish to use their services. The museum has an admission fee. Donations are welcome at the churches.

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Hotel Solar do Imperador
Hotel Solar do Imperador
3 out of 5
Estrada do Aeropuerto, 317, Porto Seguro, BA
The price is $53 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Puerto Seguro Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Seguro Old City Center and Porto Seguro Museum. Discovery of Brazil Marker and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (177 reviews)
Super friendly and helpful staff
"Great option, a bit outside the center but a quick ten minute car ride. Staff is super friendly and welcoming. Would defiantly return."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

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Porto Seguro Eco Bahia Hotel
Porto Seguro Eco Bahia Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Dr. Antonio Ricaldi, 177, Cidade Alta, Porto Seguro, Bahia
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $60 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 18
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Porto Seguro Old City Center, Discovery of Brazil Marker, and Porto Seguro Museum. Porto Plaza ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (134 reviews)
"Great place and very beautiful and nice people everything Great like very much"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

Porto Seguro Eco Bahia Hotel
Best Western Shalimar Praia Hotel
Best Western Shalimar Praia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Beira Mar 01, Bahia, Porto Seguro, BA
The price is $63 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Offering direct access to the beach, this Porto Seguro hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Seguro Old City Center and Discovery Walkway. Mundai Beach and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (212 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and well maintained. Pool was wonderful. Pool staff and bar were excellent. Good localization and close to airport. I plan to return"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

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Malibu Porto Hotel
Malibu Porto Hotel
3 out of 5
Av. Dos Navegantes, 567 - Centro, Porto Seguro, BA
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Porto Seguro Eco Bahia Hotel
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The price is $53 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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Pousada Casa Populi
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2.5 out of 5
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