Salvador da Bahia Brazil
Salvador, 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 da Bahia Brazil
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 Salvador. Salvador da Bahia Brazil
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 da Bahia Brazil
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.
What to do in Salvador
Versatile, Salvador is a very nice city, either during the day or at night. Tourism is one of the city’s strong infrastructure.
So much for those who enjoy history and for those who prefer to spend the day on the seafront, abound scripts. If you want beaches with more people, stand the urban part of town; but if you prefer more secluded beaches, experiment beaches around places know as Stella Maris and Flamengo.
The best alternative is the night walk around Rio vermelho, the bohemian neighborhood of the city, and see firsthand all it offers – concert halls, bars, restaurants and points of most famous acarajé in Brazil.
Below is the description of available tours in Salvador da Bahia.
HD HISTORIC OR PANORAMIC CITY TOUR
Visit the old city center and feel the spirit of the city with all its charm and picturesque sights. Enjoy the Afro-Brazilian culture and food. Salvador is rich in history and emotions. You will feel the energy.
FD PRAIA DO FORTE TOUR
Praia do Forte is a charming fishing village at about 80 kms north of Salvador and home to some of the best beaches in Bahia. You´ll visit the Sapiranga reserve, a delicate ecosystem which survives on a sandy soil, the TAMAR Project, the Brazilian sea turtle preservation project and you´ll go for a swim in the warm waters of these pristine beaches.
FD SCHOONER BOAT TRIP
Cruise over the ‘Todos os Santos Bay’ on board of a typical wooden schooner. A fantastic bay that has approximately 30 islands. you´ll make a stop at the Ilha dos Frades with its picturesque fish men’s town with an exuberant vegetation and calm waters beaches and at ITAPARICA island.
FD CACHOEIRA TOUR
Soak in the city’s unique history and colorful, mostly preserved colonial architecture. Protected by the National Institute, Cachoeira remains one of the unique cities to display important Baroque architectural heritage in Bahia. Cachoeira is also known for its famous cigar factory.
SALVADOR BY NIGHT: MIGUEL SANTANA SHOW
The show, presented by “Balé Folclórico da Bahia”, at “Teatro Miguel Santana” in Pelourinho will present the rich tradition of African-Bahian culture through “afoxé”, “maculelê”, “candomblé”, “samba de roda” and traditional Angolan and regional capoeiras.
SALVADOR BY NIGHT: COLISEU SHOW
Spectacle Topázio A work that joins folkloric manifestations in a contemporaneous language, where African mythology is narrated through its mystical, rhythmic and sensual universe, focusing on the religious aspects as well as the folk culture aspects which have deep roots in the Brazilian heritage.
SALVADOR BY NIGHT: CANDOMBLE SHOW
Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian religion. At this show, you´ll discover the rituals with music and dances. Candomblé celebrate the Orixás such as Ogun, Oxóssi, Xangô and the famous Iemanjá and Oxum. The real rituals involve offerings from the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms. There is no concept of good or bad in Candomblé; each person is required to fulfill his or her destiny to the fullest, regardless of what that is. The religion derives from African Traditional Religion beliefs and practices.
What to consider before traveling?
- Salvador is warm most of the year, so take light clothing for your trip and get all those precautions that are recommended in the summer, like drinking water and put sunscreen.
- Want to shake? Go to Salvador on New Year’s Eve or Carnival. If it’s not your thing, escape the city in these days of celebration to north littoral, Chapada Diamantina, Morro de São Paulo…
- Be careful when walking alone in Salvador. Many people get through these places offering “gifts”. Is not present, do not fall for it!
- If you want to know a place that is far from where you are staying, set to leave in advance. In times of rush times, the traffic can be quite chaotic in the city.
- When it’s a neighborhood on which you do not have a lot of information, avoid walking with expensive belongings.
- Salvador has several branches from the main banks. Have numerous ATMs throughout the city.
- Use comfortable shoes the day you want to know the old city center Pelourinho.
- Friday is a day of Bahian food in restaurants. Be sure to book one day to know this so special cuisine.