Salvador. City in Bahia, Brazil


City in Bahia, Brazil

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Salvador is a Brazilian city - state capital of Bahia, located in the metropolitan meso region of Salvador in northeastern Brazil.

The city hosts many events, organizations, and institutions such as the Federal University of Bahia (second best in the North-Northeast and the 58th most improved Latin American and Brazilian university over the last two years) and the School of Management of the Brazilian Army.

What attracts tourists to the beautiful city of Salvador is its history that can be seen in all the streets as well in the museums acroos all the city.
In addition, it is said that Salvador attracts for the senses: taste is demonstrated by bahian cuisine that brings many people come from far to experience the delights that the city has to offer, as acarajé and the vatapá, for example.
The hearing must be proven by the music typical of the city as the olodum, capoeira and axé which are the strongest rhythms and attracts the attentions of visitors.
The music in Salvador is also linked to the sense of touch, after all the music in this region was highlighted by joining this contact hands and percussions instruments in soundtracks.
It is impossible to look at the city and not fall in love, so the vision is one of those prominent way.
Besides the beautiful landscapes present in the city, the smell of the sea, of the flowers is simply unforgettable and also attracts tourists for Salvador.


The first capital of colonial Brazil, Salvador is notable throughout the country for its cuisine, music, and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the second-richest in Northeast Brazil in GDP (Wikipedia Article).

The African influence in many cultural aspects of the city makes it the center of the African-Brazilian culture. The historic center of Salvador, iconized in the district of Pelourinho, is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture with historical monuments dating from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century and has been declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1985.

Salvador Harbor - Salvador
Salvador Harbor. Photo by Heliovianna


The mains sights of Salvador are:

Historic Center of Salvador

Pelourinho. Photo by Fernando Hidalgo Molina
The historic center of Salvador, Pelourinho, is composed of streets and architectural monuments from the time of colonial Brazil. It covers areas of the Pelourinho neighborhood, the Cathedral, and the Pillar. The main access route is the traditional Rua Chile (Wikipedia Article), which starts in the Plaza Castro Alves and ends at the Cathedral Square.

The region is extremely rich in historical monuments dating from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. That is because Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and the city is one of the oldest in the New World (founded in 1549 by Portuguese colonists). It was also the first market of mainland slaves with slaves who arrived to work on the sugar plantations.
In other words, this is the ideal vacation spot for those who love history.

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	National Park
Chapada Diamantina National Park. Photo by unknown

Chapada Diamantina National Park

Chapada Diamantina National
Chapada Diamantina National Park
The Chapada Diamantina National Park is located in Bahia. It was created in 1985 by Federal Decree, with an area of 152,000 ha in the Chapada Diamantina region, distributed by Salvador, Andaraí; Ibicoara, Itaetê; Lençóis, Mucugê; and Palmeiras. The conscious ecological tourism gives the Chapada the best features of a leisure center that nature preserves.
This is the ideal place for those who love to contemplate the beauty of nature.

Bar Harbor Beach

This is the nearest beach to the center of Salvador. Bar Harbor has clean water and natural pools, making it one of the most sought after on Saturdays and Sundays for the local people, tourists, and vendors. Another attraction is the night lighting, ensuring movement even after the sun goes down. It is suitable for water sports such as windsurfing.

 - Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. Photo by Blog do Planalto

Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova

Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, also known as “New Source”, is a football stadium in the city of Salvador, State of Bahia government property and it was used by the state's main clubs. The little capacity before its closure was declared at 80,000 people, although the previous year only 30,000 people had access due to higher ring problems that compromised safety. Due to the collapse of part of the upper deck floor, its activities were closed down and the stadium was imploded on August 29, 2010, to make way for Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, and the World Cup FIFA 2014 was held in Bahia.
It is an ideal place for people who like to see good football.

Cathedral Basilica Primate of San Salvador

The Cathedral Basilica Primate of San Salvador is the mother church of all the churches in the ecclesiastical district of Salvador in Bahia, where is the chair of the Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of Brazil. It is also the seat of the Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This Cathedral church is the old chapel of the college of the Jesuits, in the year of their withdrawal was delivered to the Archdiocese, and also because the old cathedral had been demolished.
It is an ideal place for the most religious people who like to contemplate the story.

Red River

The Red River is an upper middle-class neighborhood, located on the waterfront of the city of Salvador, State of Bahia.
It is a bright spot due to its beautiful beaches and several popular festivals held in this place, such as the Feast of Yemanja, for example.
Moreover the tourists love this tourist spot due to its versatility - during the day you can enjoy the sun at the beach, and at night the neighborhood becomes a huge party, with numerous bars, nightclubs, and samba circles.


Salvador is well-known for its gastronomy. The main dishes served in Salvador are:
  • Acarajé – A ritual dish of the Orisha Oya, this dish has in its base broken beans with shrimp, with a lot of spice.
  • Aberém – This is a recipe is based on corn, grated, and then baked.
  • Arroz de Auçá - This dish is made with a mixture of traditional rice and beans, dried shrimp, palm oil, and pepper.
  • Bobó – The basis of this dish is made of cassava or yams, mashed and cooked with palm oil, coconut milk, and spices. With the base, several variations are prepared, such as Bobó of shrimp, chicken, fish, etc.
  • Caruru – This is a dish made from vegetables sauteed in palm oil and pepper, ideal for vegetarians.
  • Sarapatel – The sarapatel is a dish typical of Bahia, with Portuguese origin, made with pieces of pork and flour.
  • Vatapá – A recipe from Africa, won variations in Brazil, adapting to local ingredients. It is prepared, basically with flour (or bread), coconut milk; palm oil, shrimp; peanuts or nuts, and spices; everything is grounded.


The city of Salvador has several police and military who can maintain order within the area. The city was even considered one of the safest places in the world for hosting the World Cup in 2014.


Being a tourist town, Salvador has several accommodations for different types of tourists. Among these accommodations are: São Salvador Hotéis, Sotero Hotel; Pestana Convento do Carmo, Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort & Conventions; Hostel Pousada Pais Tropical, On The Rock Hostel Salvador; Mercure Slavador Rio Vermelho, Znak Boutique Hotel; El Misti Hostel Salvador, Pousada do Indio Asa Branca; Pousada Hilmar, and Pousada La Siciliana among others.




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Author: Laryssa Balduino. Last updated: Apr 18, 2015

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Elevador Lacerda - Salvador
Elevador Lacerda - Salvador. Photo by Natalie Soares

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