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Visit Salvador

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

What an amazing sunset over the Atlantic Ocean in Salvador Bahia 🇧🇷🌴

Rio Vermelho

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Unique features of Rio Vermelho include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Paciencia Beach or Salvador Zoo while you're exploring the area.

Rio Vermelho
Evening view of Church of St. Lazarus (Igreja de São Lázaro e São Roque). Construction completed ca. 1734. The church originally served a lazar house, or quarantined place for people with Hansen's disease

Ondina

3/5(1 area review)

Ondina is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Salvador Zoo and Ondina Beach.

Ondina
Farol da Barra Beach which includes a sunset, general coastal views and a coastal town

Barra

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

Barra is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Farol da Barra Beach or Hill of Christ.

Barra
A man fishing in Itapuã,

#waterlust.

Itapua

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

Unique features of Itapua include the beaches and gardens. Make a stop by Itapua Beach or Itapua Lighthouse while you're exploring the area.

Itapua
Pelourinho which includes street scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

Pelourinho

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

The soul of Salvador’s Historic Center is a vibrant district of cobblestone streets framed by ancient churches, colonial mansions, museums and cultural centers.

Pelourinho
Beautiful beach near Salvador airport. #waterlust #bahia #brazil

Vilas do Atlantico

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Vilas do Atlantico. You might want to make time for a stop at Villas Boulevard Shopping Mall or Buraquinho Beach.

Vilas do Atlantico

Top Hotels in Salvador

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Salvador Airport
ibis Salvador Airport
2.5 out of 5
1a Travessa Luiz Viana Filho 13145, Salvador, BA
$44
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Agricultural Exhibition Park of Salvador and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Itapua Beach. Parque das Dunas ...

4/5Very Good! (410 reviews)

"Great hotel great place nice clean and safe close to the airport guys so friendly and so great time there"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

ibis Salvador Airport
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099 KM 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
$361
per night
Jan 18 - Jan 19

Offering direct access to the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao property is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Humpback ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (529 reviews)

"The hotel is located at beautiful premises. The staff is very kind. The only suggestions I would make to the hotel are: 1-room service: there is no room service. A lot of guests come with family and children and at least a basic room service (being this an all inclusive hotel, it is a standard I ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
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
$440
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Nestled on the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao property is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Humpback Whale Institute. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (446 reviews)

"The food is amazing. The beach is super clean. Staff could be trained to speak English to foreign guests."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Salvador

Farol da Barra Beach
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Farol da Barra Beach

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Swim in refreshing water, visit an historic lighthouse, try water sports and admire the magnificent sunsets at this popular urban beach.

Porto da Barra Beach
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Porto da Barra Beach

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Soak up the year-round sun, marvel at glorious sunsets, people watch and visit ancient landmarks at this busy city beach, which overlooks the Bay of All Saints.

Praia do Forte Beach
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Praia do Forte Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Praia do Forte Beach, a popular beach in Mata de Sao Joao. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
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Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Discover curious Brazilian traditions and experience colorful religious celebrations at this famous church set on a hilltop in the Bonfim neighborhood.

Fonte Nova Stadium
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Fonte Nova Stadium

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Attend soccer matches, watch sellout performances by world-famous musicians and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at this 50,000-plus capacity arena.

São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
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São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador

4.5/5(16 reviews)

With gold leaf artwork and decorative azulejo tile murals, the lavishness of this church-convent complex’s décor is in stark contrast to the humbleness of the saint to which the church is dedicated.

Top activities in Salvador

Schooner Island Tour
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Schooner Island Tour

$45

Hop on a schooner to explore the Bay of All Saints, and get a chance to discover the appeal of this popular getaway for Salvador's inhabitants. Go for a swim in the warm waters at Ilha dos Frades before cruising off to the famous island of Itaparica.

Panoramic City Tour
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Panoramic City Tour

$22

The tour begins with the departure from the selected hotels to start visiting some of the most important points of the city of Salvador. Our tour will start at Farol da Barra where we will stop for photos.

Tour To Morro De São Paulo
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Tour To Morro De São Paulo

$66

Morro de São Paulo is one of the main tourist regions in the state of Bahia. The great demand of visitors can be credited to clean sands and warm waters, or perhaps to the presence of mangroves and abundance of Atlantic forest.

Bahia by Night Dinner Show
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Bahia by Night Dinner Show

$80

Lose yourself in a night of magic, mystery, and amusement in Bahia with a show that highlights Brazil's traditional culture and entertainment. Relish a dinner with some of the region's main specialties, and admire the performances with folk elements exploring the country's Afro-Brazilian roots.

Praia Do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Day Trip
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Praia Do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Day Trip

$30

We begin our tour leaving from our selected hotels in Salvador to travel toward the north coast of Bahia, where are located some of the most beautiful and charming beaches of Brazil.

Ivan Bahia, Private Transfer Salvador International Airport to/fr Praia do Forte
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Ivan Bahia, Private Transfer Salvador International Airport to/fr Praia do Forte

$56

Private Transfer from Salvador International Airport to your hotel / air-bnb in Praia do Forte. Ivan Bahia will be waiting for you at the airport bearing a sign with your name.

Reviews of Salvador

4.3

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

You have to be careful as a tourist in Brazil in general. You have to be aware of your surroundings and to not make yourself a target for thieves. Traffic in Salvador is crazy, motor bikes and people are crazy drivers.

5/5 - Excellent

Ken

Nov 12, 2019

Salvador has so much energy and the people were friendly, but be cautious

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Friendly people amazing contrast between colonial and modern architecture. Ground transportation options are great. Way to much to see in one week

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

It’s quite the mix of colonial and new. Friendly people. Way to much to see in 1 week. For the adventurous, take a motorcycle taxi

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

Police presence in all walking areas. People are happy, pleasant and some speak Spanish and English. Taxi service is great. Plan your trip, What to see and visit. Salvador has Lots to experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Carlo

Aug 24, 2019

The hert of afro-brazilian culture... Wonderful architecture, gret food, lots to see and experience.

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