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Spend a Relaxing Vacation at Salvador da Bahia

Salvador, the capital of northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia has African influence in its architecture, religious cults, music, and cuisine. Also called “the Capital of Joy”, Salvador hosts lively weeklong carnivals, brimming with modern-day art and music. The town’s Historic Centre was strategically located on a cliff, accessible via steep tracks from Baia de Todos os Santos. The upper town with its monasteries and churches flourished during the 17th century, while the lower town started developing during the 19th century.

Salvador da Bahia Map

Salvador da Bahia Map

Baia de Todos os Santos

Baia de Todos os Santos

Historic Centre

Historic Centre

Attractions

The Sao Francisco Church and Convent is a spectacular church with the interiors covered by paintings and golden sculpted woodwork. The cloister walls are decorated with blue tiles imported from Portugal. A trip to Salvador is not complete without a visit to Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, a church with plenty of historical significance offering outstanding views of the bay and the city. Walk past the impressive façade of Basilica Cathedral, an interesting church with impressive old decorations.

Basilica Cathedral

Basilica Cathedral

Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

Sao Francisco Church and Convent

Sao Francisco Church and Convent

Visit the well-maintained house of the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, currently turned into a specialty museum called Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado, located in Rio Vermelho, housing a huge yard, video room, and testimonials about Jorge. Head to the Mam Museu de Arte Moderna and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the peaceful interiors of its lovely modern building overlooking the bay. You may also take a trip to Museu Rodin Bahia that exhibits impressive works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado

Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado

Mam Museu de Arte Moderna

Mam Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu Rodin Bahia

Museu Rodin Bahia

Rio Vermelho

Rio Vermelho

Salvador also boasts magnificent beaches like Farol da Barra, Amaralina, Farol de Itapoa, Stella Maris, and Flamingo, where you can indulge in various water sports or bathe under the sun.

Amaralina

Amaralina

Farol da Barra

Farol da Barra

Farol de Itapoa

Farol de Itapoa

Restaurants and Eateries

Taste great quality contemporary cuisine combined with friendly efficient service and reasonable pricing at some of the best restaurants in Salvador including A Casa Vidal, Boi Preto Grill, Pedra Pua Restaurante, San Pietro, Donana, etc.

A Casa Vidal

A Casa Vidal

Boi Preto Grill

Boi Preto Grill

San Pietro

San Pietro

Shopping

Since Salvador is home to several shopping malls like Shopping Barra, art galleries like Atelier Bel Borba, jewelry and accessories shops like Bahia Preciosa, and shopping neighborhoods like Largo do Pelourinho, you will have plenty of options to purchase souvenirs for your family as well as friends.

Shopping Barra

Shopping Barra

Largo do Pelourinho

Largo do Pelourinho

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