Salvador da Bahia
Capital of the state of Bahia, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. It was built on two levels with administration buildings and residences constructed on the hills; forts, docks, and warehouses on the beaches. Salvador
To this day the city is still divided into upper and lower cities. From 1500 to 1815 Salvador was the nation’s busiest port. A significant portion of the sugar from the northeast and gold and diamonds from the mines in the southeast passed through the city.
It was a golden age for the town; magnificent homes and churches resplendent in gold decoration were built. Many of the city’s baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil’s historic patrimony.
In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraje), to the ceremonies of candomblé which honor both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the capoeira schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught.
How to get to to Salvador
By plane, car or bus, it’s important to plan ahead for your trip to Salvador. On holidays and vacations, both roads as airports are full.
Salvador International Airport is modern and has a good structure. There you will find shops selling souvenirs, clothing and a food court with plenty of options. Arriving or leaving the airport, you will go through a bamboo grove, that in addition to be beautiful, offers a very cool visual.
The airport is in the city limits, near Lauro de Freitas, situated 28km from the center of Salvador.
Salvador station bus called Armando Viana de Castro – is in a central part of the city, in Pernambués. From there, there are arrivals and departures from 19 states and interstate bus companies for the main Brazilian cities. The major companies are: Água Branca, Senhor do Bonfim e Itapemirim. It is also close to the Shopping Iguatemi.
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