Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Ranked #3 in Best Places to Visit in Brazil
Salvador de Bahia welcomes you to “the capital of happiness” – called so because of the easy to go, happy and joyful nature of people in the city. Salvador is Brazil‘s 3rd largest city with tropical weather, a core city area that spreads into suburbs and lush green forest regions. However, the main draw for international tourist is beaches in Salvador and party atmosphere and the Carnival or Carnaval of Salvador da Bahia.
Salvador has the longest coastal line in Brazil with beaches on the Atlantic ocean and All Saints Bay. If you want the luxury of a resort the High City along the Atlantic is your destination. For budget accommodation Low City, Porto da Barra has many smaller hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts. There is a wide range of beaches in Salvador to choose from – the rough beach for surfer and reef covered beaches for children. Ask where you are staying for the nearest, best beaches of choice.
Carnival or Carnaval of Salvador da Bahia
The Guinness Book of Records call the Carnaval of Salvador da Bahia the biggest party in the world. Over 4 million people gather for a week of dancing, parades and host of events around the time of lent. Samba dancers and floats take over the street along with performances by local musicians. you can join the parade by buying a official shirt to support the event. For more details visit the official site.
Art, Music & Architecture
Salvador was the old capital of Portuguese when they occupied parts of Brazil. Much of the Salvador Old Town has been preserved and restored to maintain the history and appeal for tourists. Multi-colored houses, old churches and museums are located side by side along small restaurants, dance schools and souvenir shops. The cultural fusion in Salvador from intermarriage between Native-Indians, Europeans (mainly Portuguese) Africans and Jews is clearly seen in the city. The cuisine is also highly influenced by African taste.
- Salvador Churches: Igreja de São Francisco, Carmo da Misericórdia
- Salvador Museums: Museu Afro-Brasileiro, Museu de Arte da Bahia, Museu Costa Pinto (has private collections on display)