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SalvadorBrazil

This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Spread over cliffs on Brazil’s central-eastern coastline, Salvador (officially Salvador de Bahía) is a city with a magnificent setting combined with an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Explore a picture-perfect historic center, visit eclectic art galleries, relax at beach suburbs and be part of flamboyant festivals. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was Brazil’s capital for over 200 years. Today, it’s the spiritual home of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture.

Start your visit in the UNESCO-protected Historic Center, which is laden with colorful colonial mansions and African and Amerindian-influenced architecture. At its heart is Pelourinho, a district dominated by 17th- and 18th-century churches. Among these are Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People and São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Admire the Cathedral of Salvador, browse artisan stalls and watch capoeira performers at the architecturally impressive Terreiro de Jesus square. Find over 200 handicraft shops and sample typical Bahía cuisine, such as acarajé (spiced beans deep fried in palm oil), at Mercado Modelo.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice at Salvador’s galleries and museums. Make time for the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Street Art of Salvador. Learn about Brazil’s close ties with African traditions at the Afro-Brazilian Museum.

Miles of beautiful beaches run around the coastline. Much of this is connected by a waterfront promenade. Popular spots include Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach in the neighborhood of Barra, where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Catch a boat to the tropical islands of Ilha de Itaparica and Ilha dos Frades.

Be sure to spend some time in the city’s parks. Parque Costa Azul and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Attend a soccer match or concert at Fonte Nova Stadium.

Reach Salvador by flying to Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Get around Salvador’s Historic Center on foot and use the metro and public buses to access areas outside of here. Consistently mild temperatures make Salvador a year-round destination. Come in early December for the National Samba Day and stay until February or March for the extravagant Salvador Carnival.

Where to stay in Salvador

Top Hotels in Salvador

Vila Galé Resort Marés - All Inclusive
Vila Galé Resort Marés - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Praia De Guarajuba, s/n, Camacari, BA
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Nestled on the beach, this Camacari resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Praia de Itacimirim and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Guarajuba Beach. Praia do Genipabu is 2.2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (577 reviews)
Good with a potential to be great

"Good despite the extremely hot swimming pool, average beer and same same buffet. Hotel infra, service and accommodation were great otherwise."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Vila Galé Resort Marés - All Inclusive
Malibu Plaza Hotel
Malibu Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Praia de Tapoan Quadra 19, Lote 10/12 Vilas do Atlântico, Lauro de Freitas, BA
The price is CA $35 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24

Located in Vilas do Atlantico, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ipitanga Beach, Busca Vida Beach and Estrada do Coco Shopping Mall. Jaua Beach and Parque ...

4.1/5Very Good! (275 reviews)

"Sheets were dirty, pillowcases dirty, pillows smelled awful, bathroom smelled like old clorox and mold, furniture was dated and broken & the icing on the cake- live roaches. Worst hotel I have ever been to and I travel 8-10 times a year every year. I did not stay more than 15 mins and checked in ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 13, 2020

Malibu Plaza Hotel
Hotel Fasano Salvador
Hotel Fasano Salvador
5 out of 5
The price is CA $350 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castro Alves Square and Mercado Modelo. Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"Great location, amazing service and food. It’s arguably the best Hotel in Salvador."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Hotel Fasano Salvador
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Salvador

Iguatemi Business Flat
Iguatemi Business Flat
3.5 out of 5
Rua da Alfazema, 761, Caminho das Árvores, Salvador, BA
The price is CA $42 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Caminho das Arvores, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Itaigara Shopping Mall, Iguatemi Shopping Mall and Salvador Shopping Mall. Joventino ...

4.1/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"they should add italian channel RAI . wish the garbage in the bathroom was close ,no cover . smell thxs"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Iguatemi Business Flat
Bahia Flat Studio
Bahia Flat Studio
3 out of 5
Av. Oceânica 235, Salvador, BA

Located in Barra, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baía de Todos os Santos and Farol da Barra Beach. Porto da Barra Beach is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
Avoid a Nightmare! Eviten una pesadilla! NO!

"If I bother writing this review, believe me it was a total nightmare staying at this place. I booked this place based on the location in front of the beach, I was wrong! This is in front of the bad side of the beach, lot of huge rocks in the water which makes it impossible to swim. The good side ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2019

Bahia Flat Studio
Casa Temporada Itacimirim
Casa Temporada Itacimirim
2.5 out of 5
The price is CA $42 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Nestled on the beach, this Camacari holiday home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Itacrimirim Beach, Praia de Itacimirim and Praia da Espera. Praia do Forte Beach and ...

Casa Temporada Itacimirim
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Salvador

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 2, 2019

I have taken a walking tour with an English speaking guide and had an excellent time,we visited an African museum as well as a cooking institution where the African cooking is revived. I two museums I was assigned a personnel guide.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 10, 2019

A great city with interesting, historic places to see, magnificent religious architecture, good food choices, and wonderful, happy people. During our visit, the weather was great. Overall, a most pleasant visit to one of the nicest places in Brazil.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2019

We'd heard all the safety warnings, so stuck to the well lit tourist areas, with lots of police. We didn't have any problems, but you need to be vigilant.

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