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Salvador Holiday

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.


Guide to Exploring Salvador


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São Salvador Hotéis e Convenções

São Salvador Hotéis e Convenções

Rua Doutor Jose Peroba, 244, Salvador
4.3
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salvador Shopping Mall, Costa Azul Park, and Iguatemi Shopping Mall. Bahia Convention Center and Garden of Allah are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Villa Araçá Boutique Hotel

Villa Araçá Boutique Hotel

Av. P. Itamaracà Qd B6 Lt 9A, Lauro de Freitas
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Lauro de Freitas, this spa hotel is in the same region as Itapua Beach and only 10 minutes from International Airport of Salvador Bahia and 30 minutes from the Salvador's historic center.

The Villa Araçà Boutique Hotel offers an elegant and exclusive environment with garden and outdoor swimming pool with waterfall, solarium with sun beds, free parking and free Wi-Fi high speed.

$69
Catussaba Business

Catussaba Business

Alameda Dilson Jatahy Fonseca, nº 105, Salvador
3.8
of 5, from 20 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stella Maris, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Vinicius de Moraes Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Itapua Lighthouse and Metropolitan Park of Abaeté. Abaete Lagoon and Agricultural Exhibition Park of Salvador are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$115
Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, Salvador

Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, Salvador

Avenida Sete de Setembro 1537, Salvador
4.2
of 5, from 72 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Salvador, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castro Alves Theater and Museum of Modern Art. Fonte Nova Stadium and Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$52
Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho

Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho

Rua Fonte Do Boi 215, Salvador
4.0
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Rio Vermelho hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Paciencia Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Jesus da Barra. Vitoria Waterfall and House of the Red River are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$78
Novotel Salvador Hangar Aeroporto

Novotel Salvador Hangar Aeroporto

Av Luis Viana Filho 13 223, Salvador
4.5
of 5, from 46 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Metropolitan Park of Abaeté and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Abaete Lagoon. Agricultural Exhibition Park of Salvador and Dom Bosco Theater are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$93
Vila Gale Salvador

Vila Gale Salvador

Rua Morro do Escravo Miguel 320, Ondina, Salvador
3.6
of 5, from 82 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This beachfront hotel is located in the city center, close to Ondina Beach, Farol de Barra Beach, and Porto da Barra Beach. Area attractions also include Forte Santo Antonio de Barra and Jesus da Barra.

$93
Bahia Othon Palace Hotel

Bahia Othon Palace Hotel

Av. Oceânica 2294, Salvador
3.6
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this hotel is close to Ondina Beach, Forte Santo Antonio de Barra, and Jesus da Barra. Area attractions also include Farol de Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach.

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