10 Must See Things in Salvador in Brazil

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Martí Micolau

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Capital of the State of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil, Salvador is a town famous forcolonial architecture of Portuguese origin and Afro-Brazilian culture.
Appreciated for its beaches and for its climate suitable all year round, it is certainly a stop to be included during a trip to this country.
Here are the things to see and absolutely not to miss.


  1. Pillory
  2. Church and Convent of St. Francis
  3. Rio Vermelho house
  4. Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat
  5. Carlos Costa Pinto Museum
  6. Afro-Brasileiro Museum
  7. Praia Porto da Barra
  8. Model market
  9. Morro di San Paolo
  10. Bay of All Saints
  11. Plan your stay in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: info on flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Pelourinho

In Salvador is located the largest colonial historic center in South America called Pelourinho and also famous as Ciudade Alta.
We suggest you to walk through the cobbled alleys, admire the beautiful squares where colorful buildings and important churches overlook.

Among the attractions not to be missed in this area of ​​the city: the Terreiro De Jesus, a lively and colorful square, the Church of Ordem Terceira do Carmo, the Catedral Basílica Primacial do Transfiguração do Senhor, Piazza da Sè and the Municipal Square with the Palace Rio Branco.

  • it is located on the hill of Salvador and is connected to the Ciudad Baxa by the famous Elevador Lacerda and by a small rack railway, the Plano Inclinado Gonçalves. The center can be easily explored on foot. The nearest underground station is Campo da Polvora, a 10-minute walk from the upper town. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free visit

2 - Church and Convent of San Francesco

It is one of the most beautiful and interesting churches in Salvador; of Baroque origin, its interior is characterized by inlays in wood covered with gold. The complex also includes a large convent of the Franciscan order with large rooms and very beautiful rooms.

  • on Rua de São Francisco, in the historic district of Pelourinho. The nearest metro station is Campo da Polvora, a 10-minute walk away. Get directions
  • lun-sab 7:00-18:00; dom 8:00-12:00
  • 10 R $ - € 2,30

3 - House of Rio Vermelho

This house, which became a museum in 2004, was the structure where Jorge Amado and Zelia Gattai were hosted during their stay in Salvador. The building is very interesting and it seems to be inside a novel of the famous writer. It offers a welcoming and well-kept garden but above all photographs, objects and stories to discover the life of the Brazilian author.

  • is located in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood on Rua Alagoinhas.
    To reach it from the historic center, you can take a taxi (20 minutes) or the 342 bus which takes 30 minutes from Rua Carlos Gomes to Rua Lucaia, near the museum. Get directions.
  • Tue-Sun 10: 00-17: 00; closed on Mondays, December 24,25, 31 and 1, January and during the carnival
  • 20 R $ - € 4,50

4 - Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat

Among the various things not to be missed in Salvador is this fort, considered one of the most beautiful colonial style military fortifications. Dating back to 1583, it was built in the upper part of the peninsula so as to have an excellent view but the building was only finished in 1742.

Also called Farol de Barra for the lighthouse that rises inside the walls, as well as being a wonderful viewpoint, it also houses the Nautical Museum.

  • it is located in the northern part of the city; it can be reached by taxi in about 20 minutes, or from the Avenida Jequita stop by bus 201 which takes you to Travessa Rio Sao Francisco, 30 m away, in 400 minutes. from the fort. Get directions
  • Mon-Sat 07: 00-17: 00, closed on Sundays
  • R $ 6 - € 1,40 approximately

5 - Carlos Costa Pinto Museum

E' one of the most beautiful museums in Salvador; located in a lovely two-story building, it houses one of the best decorative art collections of the city. Inside the 23 halls you can admire them unique works of porcelain, gold, crystal and silver and finely crafted jewelry.

  • it is located in Av. de Setembro. It can be reached in 20 minutes by bus 220 from Rua Carlos Gomes, which stops right in front of the museum. Get directions
  • Wed-Mon 14: 00-19: 00 closed on Tuesdays
  • Cost: R $ 10 - € 2,40

6 - Afro-Brasileiro Museum

This museum houses one of the most important collections of Bahia and exhibits sculptures, baskets, objects and works of art of the Brazilian tradition and African.

The most interesting room it is surrounded by 27 carved wooden panels inlaid with shells, the work of Carybè, one of Salvador's most illustrious artists.
Also interesting are the photographs, the traditional and sacred clothing typical of local ceremonies.

  • it is located in Largo do Terreiro de Jesus s / n, Prédio da Faculdade de Medicina da Bahia. It can be reached on foot from Pelourinho; for those arriving from outside the nearest underground station is Campo da Polvora, a 10-minute walk from the upper town. Get directions
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri 9: 00-17: 00, closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: R $ 6 - € 1,40 approximately

7 - Praia Porto da Barra

This small and picturesque beach town is definitely worth a visit. Here you can swim in the calm and clear waters of the ocean, but also meet hawkers and fishermen.
It is recommended to visit it at sunsetin addition to enjoying a splendid light, you can attend performances of capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian dance typical of Salvador.

  • north of Salvador, you can reach it by taxi from the center in 20 minutes or in 30 minutes by bus 313,321,1340,1633 which depart from Rua Carlos Gomes and stop at the beach. Get directions
  • Schedule: always accessible; it is not recommended to go in the evening with the dark or too early in the morning.
  • free visit
  • Praia do Forte and Sea Turtle Nesting Grounds

8 - Mercado Modelo

Once here there was the Palazzo della Dogana where the slaves who came from Africa were relegated to the basement waiting to be sold. In 1986 it was burned and destroyed by fire and after the reconstruction it is become a tourist market.

Outside they take place often musical performances and capoeira sessions and upstairs is located a nice terrace with a bar where to rest and eat something.

  • it is located in Visconde de Cayru Square in the Lower Town, connected to the Pelourinho by the Elevador Lacerda.
    Nearby is the Rua da Concicao bus stop where buses 201-205-208-213-302 stop. Get directions
  • Schedule: the market is open every day from 9:00 to 18:00
  • free visit

9 - Morro di San Paolo

Among the excursions to be made in the day we suggest the one toTinharè island 60 km south of Salvador where the village of Morro di San Paolo is located. Here are beautiful white beaches bathed by crystal clear, lush waters hiking trails and small villages, ideal for relaxing.

Tour operators often organize boat trips which include everything and start from Salvador, alternatively you can organize yourself even if you need to have more time.

  • by boat or catamaran. It usually starts from the port and the navigation takes about 2 and a half hours. Get directions
  • Schedule: always accessible, but tours usually depart early in the morning and return in the late afternoon.
  • an organized tour usually starts from € 30,00
  • Island Day Trip to Morro de São Paulo; Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island & Caipirinha Tasting

10 - Bay of All Saints

Another highly recommended excursion to do if you are staying in Salvador is the one to the Baia de Todos os Santos which includes the Island of the Friars and Itaparica.
The peculiarity of this place are the heavenly beaches bathed by calm and crystalline waters where you can snorkel and swim quietly. TO Itaparica then you can visit the beautiful and peaceful town and spend time shopping and relaxing.

  • it is located north east of the city and can clearly be reached by sea. The organized tours all depart from the port of Salvador. Get directions.
  • the bay is always accessible, but tours usually depart early in the morning and return in the late afternoon.
  • the excursion usually has an average cost of € 35,00
  • From Salvador: Boat tour to Frades and Itaparica Islands

Plan your stay in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: info on flights, hotels and tours

Salvador de Bahia, capital of the homonymous state, is equipped with an international airport "Deputado Luis Eduardo do Magalhaes" 30 km from the city center which can be reached by taxi (R $ 98, about € 22,00) or by bus to Piazza da Sè.

For move around the city we suggest you to walk to the most central parts.
To reach more distant places, taxis are quite cheap or there are frequent buses.

La best area to stay is that of the Upper Town, in the Pelourinho or Santo Antonio districts where there are hotels and pousadas of all kinds and prices.

  • starting from € 750,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

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