Salvador

24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019

2 guests - 1 room

Brazil’s Capital of Happiness earned its nickname from the lively atmosphere and street parties that the city is famous for. It’s also famous for being one of the oldest cities in the Americas, with buildings and monuments dating back to the 16th Century. Salvador is the birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture, and this influences everything from the spicy cuisine to the quirky handicrafts. Salvador is one of the best places to see Capoeira, a mix between dance and martial arts. If you’re planning on staying in Salvador, it’s worth having a good understanding of the city’s layout. Salvador is separated by an 85m ridge into the Cidade Alta (High Town) and Cidade Baixa (Low Town). There’s an outdoor elevator connecting the two parts of the city, so you can leave your climbing gear at home.

Centro

Downtown Salvador is where you’ll find the hustle and bustle of daily life in Salvador. It’s where the hub of the city’s commercial activity is located, with most of the banks and offices located in the Comercio neighbourhood. The bus station on Avenida da Franca provides good transport links, and there’s a good variety of hotels too.

Pelourinho

The Historical Centre of Salvador is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its colourful colonial buildings, baroque palaces, and 16th Century plazas. It’s just a short walk from Centro, and as well as historical buildings you’ll also find boutiques, museums, and restaurants. There are lots of cute little bars where you can sample the local firewater, cachaca.

Barra

This traditional neighbourhood in South of the city is a favourite tourist hotspot, with a concentration of hotels lining the beach shore. The neighbourhood is characterised by its beaches, particularly Porto do Barra which is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike. The area has some great cafes and shops during the day, but really comes to life at night with busy restaurants and lively clubs. There are even some interesting historical sights, such as the city’s first fort the Santo Antonio da Barra which is now home to a museum and a restaurant.

Rio Vermelho

Popular with tourists and artistic locals such as singer Gal Costa, the Rio Vermelho neighbourhood has more than its fair share of restaurants, bars, and hotels. Rio Vermehlho is one of the best neighbourhoods for sampling the popular Bahia street food Acaraje, which was brought to Brazil by slaves. Each February the neighbourhood becomes crowded as people gather to celebrate The Festa da Yemenja, a huge festival where gifts are brought to the Mother of the Sea to ensure a good year of fishing.

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What are travellers saying about Salvador?

9.8
History Buffs
9.4
Outdoor Enthusiasts
8.4
Family Travellers
7.7
Wellness
7.6
Foodies
Member reviews (96)
Luiz Costa
Luiz Costa
30/03/2019

Lived in Salvador for 18 years. I can confirm the best getaways are one or two hours from the city. Praia do Forte, Morro de São Paulo, Barra Grande, Vale do Capão... If you are either backpacking or looking for a luxury stay, the paradise beaches and sheer beauty of the nature there will surprise you. Most of the population don’t have much, but they manage to be happier than first world countries I’ve been to.

Sabrina Gonçalves
Sabrina GonçalvesLos Angeles
18/07/2016

If you go to Salvador stay near the beach Porto da Barra, has bars, shopping, bar lighthouse beach, with many inns and hotels, taking the Salvador Bus you can visit the historic city and other tourist spots.

Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford
18/07/2016

Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil and is commonly called Salvador de Bahia. Since it was the center of the slave trade it is the the Afro center of Brazil. It has great architecture and produces the world's largest carnival.

Carl Koytzan
Carl KoytzanRenton
16/04/2013

This is a beautiful city from a rustic point of view. When you enter the city as I did from the port, you will see a round building that is now used for merchants. This was the building used to store slaves before they were sold right out in front of this buiilding

FAQs

The least expensive month is August, with an average of £28 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Salvador is February, with an average price of £42 per night.
The average price of a hotel in April last year was £32 per night. This is 2% less than the average nightly price of £33 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Salvador, the expected average temperature in April is 27.5°C/81.6°F. The warmest month is typically February, which averages 31.0°C/87.8°F. The coolest month is July, with temperatures averaging 22.4°C/72.3°F.
The nearest airport to Salvador is Salvador (SSA) (12.62 miles). Other nearby airports include: Valenca (45.88 miles)

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