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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.


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.


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.


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.