Guide to Salvador

Salvador is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian State of Bahia. Salvador is also known as Brazil’s capital of happiness due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival.  Lots of cool historical sites and places to explore, but you only need about 2 days there so plan accordingly.  Pick up a Fida Bonne Fim and try the delicious Moquecca

GETTING THERE FROM RIO: 2 hour flight from Rio de Janeiro


Aram Yamí  Hotel Boutique – Rua Direita de Santo Antônio, great location- walking distance to Pelourinho, on the pricey side but worth it!

The Convento  in Pelourinho, really nice if you don’t stay there, go for a drink

Hotel Vila Galé Salvador

Zank Boutique Hotel really nice, it was sold out the weekend I was there, but it looks amazing and have heard great things


Historical Center: Recognized as World Cultural Heritage, to preserve the present buildings of the colonial period prescribed. They are houses, manors, mansions, churches and convents built in the Baroque and Iberian styles, which were restored, but retaining its original architectural features.

Pelourinho: The first and most famous neighborhood in Salvador mundilamente is known for its slopes. Colorful houses, churches and museums. At the time of colonial Brazil, the Pillory was inhabited by wealthy families and for trade and administration of the city. Today is a true cultural center of the sky. Tons of churches and fun things to see

Lacerda Elevator: One of the most visited tourist sites in Salvador, had the initial input function connecting the Upper and Lower towns. Its construction began in 1869 through the initiative of Antonio de Lacerda, and became operational in 1873.

Market Model: It is now the largest center for crafts from Latin America, where you can find pieces of typical Bahian culture, like the famous ribbons of Senhor do Bonfim, amulets, fingers crossed, berimbau and other instruments, embroidery and lace, and every kind of pepper and seasonings.

Golden Church of Sao Francisco- gilded in gold Read more here

Church of the Lord of Bonfim: The devotion to Our Lord of Bonfim reached by Teodózio Salvador Rodrigues de Faria, captain of the Portuguese Navy. When facing a terrible storm at sea, he made a promise to the Lord of Bonfim, that would bring an image of the saint and his faith in Brazil, should come live in Portugal.

Abaeté Lagoon: Located in the neighborhood immortalized Itapuã, the pond is the result of damming of rivers and rainwater, surrounded by dunes and native vegetation, formed by rare species of flora of Bahia. In 1993, the preservation area becomes a Abaeté Environmental Park and now has bars, restaurants, craft shops and stalls selling typical food.


Port of Bar: It is one of the best known of the city. Small and surrounded by forts and several churches, has its clear waters, great for swimming. Voted one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world, provides a vision for the Bay of All Saints, an ideal place to watch the sunset sun.

Lighthouse Bar: It offers several natural options for fun. The reefs near the Faol are great for diving and the side of Christ the Redeemer is ideal for surfing. Already the natural pools that form at low tide across the length of the beach are inviting to the bath. The promenade has an excellent infrastructure for tourists, with numerous hotels, bars and restaurants.

Ondina: One of the busiest of Salvador, its reefs which form natural pools, leaving the sea very calm, ideal for swimming or diving. It has many options for hotels and beach huts and promenade features sports fields, being also a good place for hiking.

Red River: Functions as anchorage for local fishermen. Formed by rocks is divided into other small beaches. On February 2 is where the boats leave full of gifts in honor of Iemanjá.

Amaralina: Beach waves, has an extensive promenade for walking and jogging, as well as various stalls for tasting acarajé. Sport fishing is released in its waters.

Garden of Allah: Beach moderate sea, yellow sand and a large coconut plantation, is very busy because its coast offers numerous activities, stalls and kiosks, dance classes, besides receiving several festivals in the summer.

Frame: With many waves and strong currents, is very popular among surfers, but is practically deserted for most of the year, due to not being very suitable for bathing. In its surroundings there are many hotels, restaurants, convention center and a mall.

Artists of Beach: It received this name because it was frequented by artists like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, in the 70s. It has strong waves, but has several tents, being very busy.

ITAPUÃ: The most famous beach in Salvador, actually owns a beautiful landscape. Have green water, rocks, palm trees, pools and sands, beyond the lighthouse. It also has fishing and rafts, and sought to practice windsurfing.

RESTAURANTS You have to tryMoqueca the signature Baian Dish

Maria Mata Mouro –Traditional Baian Food, romantic, cute garden in the back, best meal I had in Salvador!  Read more

Recanto da Tias (Hidden Place of the Aunts) |  Travessa Padre Domingos de Brito, 25, Garcia, open Monday from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Porto do Moreira  Largo do Mocambinho, 28 (popularly referred to as “Largo das Flores”) for the flower sellers there, on Avenida Carlos Gomes several blocks from the Centro Histórico (a mocambinho is a little hut). Traditional baian food

O Cravinho Terreiro de Jesus, 3, Pelourinho The bar opens before lunch and the restaurant area opens up around 3 p.m.   Fun drinks and good bar food

Cruz do Pascoal Rua Direita do Santo Antônio, 3 Open every day but Sunday bay views out back of a Galego Bar

La Figa Rua das Laranjeiras, 27 (at the very end of the street, on the right, or at the very beginning, on the left, if one is coming from the parking garage)

Mama Bahia Rua Alfredo Brito (Portas do Carmo), 21 in Pelourinho. Roberto Simon’s establishment, with excellent steaks served on the chapa (small serving grill)…grilled fish and moquecas too. And a considerable wine list. Roberto has a Pelourinho-themed blog here:

Jardim das Delícias Rua João de Deus, 12 Monday through Sunday from noon until the last customer leaves


Cantina da Lua (Cantina of the Moon): has for the past thirty-five years been run by Clarindo Silva, and it was for years (together with Porto do Moreira) a hangout for Bahia’s bambas.  Then, beginning in 1994, Pelourinho was rebuilt (in stages, and in typical Bahian style the final stage has — sixteen years later — yet to be finished).  In this process Cantina da Lua was also reformed (adapting the Portuguese way of putting it to English, and I haven’t utilized this adaptation lightly; “reformed” is right on the money).  But why reform the greatest bar in the world?


Have a great trip!


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