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Salvador
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Salvador featuring an administrative buidling, a sunset and outdoor eating

This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Spread over cliffs on Brazil’s central-eastern coastline, Salvador (officially Salvador de Bahía) is a city with a magnificent setting combined with an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Explore a picture-perfect historic center, visit eclectic art galleries, relax at beach suburbs and be part of flamboyant festivals. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was Brazil’s capital for over 200 years. Today, it’s the spiritual home of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture.

Start your visit in the UNESCO-protected Historic Center, which is laden with colorful colonial mansions and African and Amerindian-influenced architecture. At its heart is Pelourinho, a district dominated by 17th- and 18th-century churches. Among these are Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People and São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Admire the Cathedral of Salvador, browse artisan stalls and watch capoeira performers at the architecturally impressive Terreiro de Jesus square. Find over 200 handicraft shops and sample typical Bahía cuisine, such as acarajé (spiced beans deep fried in palm oil), at Mercado Modelo.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice at Salvador’s galleries and museums. Make time for the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Street Art of Salvador. Learn about Brazil’s close ties with African traditions at the Afro-Brazilian Museum.

Miles of beautiful beaches run around the coastline. Much of this is connected by a waterfront promenade. Popular spots include Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach in the neighborhood of Barra, where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Catch a boat to the tropical islands of Ilha de Itaparica and Ilha dos Frades.

Be sure to spend some time in the city’s parks. Parque Costa Azul and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Attend a soccer match or concert at Fonte Nova Stadium.

Reach Salvador by flying to Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Get around Salvador’s Historic Center on foot and use the metro and public buses to access areas outside of here. Consistently mild temperatures make Salvador a year-round destination. Come in early December for the National Samba Day and stay until February or March for the extravagant Salvador Carnival.

Where to stay in Salvador

Wish Hotel da Bahia
Wish Hotel da Bahia
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Sete de Setembro, 1537, Salvador, Bahia
The price is $61 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Salvador Centro, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baía de Todos os Santos and Mercado Modelo. Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (690 reviews)
"The hotel was beautifully decorated with art and very stylish furniture. The staff was very nice."

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

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Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099, Km 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
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Nestled on the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao property is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Praia do Forte Beach. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (529 reviews)
"This property is very run down. The rooms smell very musty and moldy. The bathrooms are a disgrace. Perhaps 20 years ago, this property was nice, but now it is severely in need of refurbishment. There is no way this is 4/5 stars. I would rate it a 2/5, and I feel like I am being generous. On a positive ..."

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
Hotel Deville Prime Salvador
Hotel Deville Prime Salvador
4 out of 5
Rua Passagarda, S/N, Itapua, Salvador, BA
The price is $55 per night from May 2 to May 3
This family-friendly Salvador hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vinicius de Moraes Square and Itapua Beach. Flamengo Beach is 2.3 mi (3.6 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (365 reviews)
"My stay was excellent, very calm and relaxing. The property is Amazingly beautiful. Staff was friendly and very welcoming."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2020

Hotel Deville Prime Salvador
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House "quinta das Lagoas" (guarajuba / Itacimirim / Praiadoforte
House "quinta das Lagoas" (guarajuba / Itacimirim / Praiadoforte
Camacari, BA
This family-friendly Camacari vacation home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Praia da Espera and Guarajuba Beach. Praia do Genipabu is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Ótima estadia
"Tudo bem cuidado, ótima estadia !"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

House "quinta das Lagoas" (guarajuba / Itacimirim / Praiadoforte
Salvador Business Flat
Salvador Business Flat
3.5 out of 5
Rua Alceu Amoroso Lima 440, Caminho das Árvores, Salvador, BA
The price is $34 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Caminho das Arvores, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Salvador Shopping Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fonte Nova Stadium and São Francisco ...
3.7/5Good! (185 reviews)
"Elevators are slow and hotel is outdated .........."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2021

Salvador Business Flat
House in the Condominium Cove Castle - Praia do Forte
House in the Condominium Cove Castle - Praia do Forte
Mata de Sao Joao, BA
Situated in Mata de Sao Joao, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Timeantube Lagoon, Praia do Forte Beach, and Itacrimirim Beach. Armazem da ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Excepcional e reconfortante.
"Excelente! Voltaremos em breve."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

House in the Condominium Cove Castle - Praia do Forte
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