22 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
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.
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.
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
Salvador, the first colonial capital of Brazil, is located in the state of Bahia, which is famous for some of the best beaches in the world. It’s also famous for the Afro-Brazilian culture; a result of the barrage of slaves shipped here in the 17th century, eventually claiming freedom in 1888. The city actually reminds me a lot of New Orleans: somewhat gritty, wonderfully colorful and bursting with music. We spent a day exploring the history of Salvador by starting at Mercado Modelo, where countless slaves first set foot in Brazil. After a quick walk through the Lower Town, we took Elevador Lacerda, which essentially dropped us in the middle of the historical center. We explored ornate churches and watched countless stages being set up for music festivals. (Keep in mind we were here just after Carnaval – the party really never stops.) We then lost ourselves in the colorful labyrinth of Pelourinho, beautiful alleys filled with cafes, bars and shops. Of course being in Bahia we had to spend a day at the beach so we headed to Porte de Barra, rented our chairs and plopped down. While we brought magazines and books, we really didn’t need them. First, caipirinhas, fried cheese, jewelry and massages were offered every few minutes. Then there were eclectic groups of friends and family applying oil and basking in the sun. There were even displays of capoeira, a Brazilian fighting style that looks more like dancing. But most importantly there was Footvolley. In this brilliant game players use their feet, chest and head to score points over a volleyball net. The sheer passion and talent of the players, as well as the hecklers, provided us with hours of entertainment. In our favorite part of Salvador, Rio Vermelho, we were lucky enough to meet several locals including Herbert, the self-proclaimed Frenchiest Brazilian ever. We peppered our new friend Dave, the manager of The Dubliner pub, with questions about the Portuguese language. We even engaged in lengthy political discussion with ex-pats and shared our love of San Francisco by singing Janis Joplin songs. While it’s true that the music here is constant, it’s the colorful people that truly are the heart and soul of this town.