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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.