Discover the 21 wonderful beaches of Salvador de Bahia

Praia do Porto da Barra - Praias de Salvador da Bahia
Praia do Porto da Barra

The beaches of Salvador are much more than just coconut palms, shade and warm waters, they are also steeped in history, fun and leisure.

In Salvador there are dozens of churches, forts, museums, lighthouses and shipwrecks among the dozens of attractions that hark back to the early years of Terra Brasilis.

There are 50 kilometres of beaches that are sure to please everyone.

Salvador has beaches with strong and weak waves, calm and rough waters, blue and green, crowded or almost deserted and even nudist beaches.

There are beaches for every type of activity. Those with good waves are the favourites of surfing and bodyboarding fans, while those with constant winds are ideal for windsurfing.

Even out of the water, Salvador’s beaches encourage other sporting activities, such as those with wide strips of sand, the stage for lively matches of beach football, footvolley, beach volleyball and frescobol.

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The best and most beautiful beaches of Salvador

Salvador is known for its stunning beaches, each offering unique beauty and attractions.

Among these beaches, the Praia do Farol da Barra often stands out as one of the best and most beautiful. Here are the reasons why:

Praia do Farol da Barra

Praia do Farol da Barra em Salvador BA
Praia do Farol da Barra em Salvador BA

Highlights

  1. Iconic Lighthouse: The beach is named after the historic Farol da Barra, which offers impressive views and historic charm. The lighthouse houses the Bahia Nautical Museum, a popular attraction for tourists.
  2. Scenic Beauty: The beach features clear, turquoise waters and soft golden sand, making it visually stunning and perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
  3. Sunset: Praia do Farol da Barra is famous for its stunning sunsets. The view of the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean, with the lighthouse in the foreground, creates an unforgettable experience.
  4. Recreation and Amenities: The beach offers a variety of recreational activities, including snorkelling, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. There are also numerous bars and restaurants on the seafront where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.
  5. Accessibility: Located in the Barra neighbourhood, Farol da Barra Beach is easily accessible from various parts of Salvador. It is well served by public transport and close to many hotels and accommodation.

Other favourite beaches

Although Praia do Farol da Barra is a top choice, Salvador has several other beautiful beaches that are worth a visit:

1. Porto da Barra Beach

Known for its calm, crystal-clear waters, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It’s a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

2. Stella Maris Beach:

Popular for its natural pools formed by coral reefs and its excellent surfing conditions.

3. Itapuã Beach

Famous for its picturesque palm trees, white sand and vibrant local culture. It has inspired many artists, including the famous Brazilian musician Vinícius de Moraes.

4. Flamengo Beach:

Known for its long stretch of sand and strong waves, it is popular with surfers and beach sports enthusiasts.

Mapa de Salvador BA
Map of Salvador BA

Beaches of Salvador are divided into

mapa das praias de Salvador da Bahia
map of the beaches of Salvador de Bahia

– Beaches of the lower city

Where they are bathed by the Baia de Todos os Santos.

– Upper city beaches

Coasted by the Atlantic. Exception and the Praia Porto da Barra, which is in the Upper City and is bathed by the Bay of All Saints.

For those who like to cool off for a while or practice some water or seaside sport, Salvador offers dozens of alternatives nearby. Just sit back and watch life pass before your eyes in this piece of paradise.

See the map of Baía de Todos os Santos

Mapa Turístico de Salvador da Bahia
Tourist map of Salvador de Bahia

Discover the beaches of Salvador de Bahia

  1. Praia da Ribeira e Praia da Boa Viagem
  2. Praia de Amaralina
  3. Praia da Armação
  4. Praia dos Artistas
  5. Praia do Buracão
  6. Praia do Corsário
  7. Praia do Farol da Barra
  8. Praia do Flamengo
  9. Praia do Gamboa
  10. Praia de Itapuã
  11. Praia de Jaquaribe
  12. Praia Jardim de Alah
  13. Praia Jardim dos Namorados
  14. Praia de Ondina e Praia da Paciência
  15. Praia de Piatã
  16. Praia da Pituba
  17. Praia Porto da Barra
  18. Praia do Rio Vermelho
  19. Prainha do Solar do Unhão
  20. Praia de Stella Maris
  21. Praia Pituaçu

1. Praia da Ribeira e Praia da Boa Viagem

Far from the bustle of central Salvador.

Praia da Ribeira em Salvador BA
Praia da Ribeira em Salvador BA

In fact, the neighbourhoods of Ribeira and Boa Viagem give us the feeling that we are in a country town, kilometres away from a Brazilian metropolis.

Halfway to Praia da Boa Viagem – you’ll find one of Salvador’s postcards: the Basílica do Senhor do Bonfim.

As well as being the birthplace of one of Bahia’s most traditional symbols – the colourful ribbons of Senhor do Bonfim – the church is the stage for one of the city’s biggest religious celebrations, the Lavagem do Bonfim.

Finally, just 1.5 kilometres from the Catholic temple is the friendly Boa Viagem Beach. Despite having a narrow strip of sand, the crystal-clear, calm waters of the Baía de Todos os Santos are quite an invitation to stop off at one of the no-frills kiosks facing the sea.

Praia da Boa Viagem em Salvador BA
Praia da Boa Viagem em Salvador BA

Some have particularities, such as Boa Viagem Beach, where the Boa Viagem Church, built in the 18th century, is located.

The Praia da Ribeira, known as Praia da Penha (because of the Church of N. Sra. da Penha), is one of the most charming and bohemian places in the capital of Bahia.

There are also several nautical sports events. Busy, romantic atmosphere, good for diving, water sports, windsurfing and children.

See the map of the beaches of Salvador da Bahia

2. Praia de Amaralina

Amaralina beach is famous for its strong waves and the fact that sport fishing is allowed, but it also has other attractions. With a long promenade, the beach serves as a jogging track for many fans.

The beach is divided into strong and weak, with surfers concentrated on the right and sunbathers in the quiet coves on the left.

Praia de Amaralina em Salvador
Praia de Amaralina em Salvador

Due to the clean waters of the left-hand corner, it is most visited by bathers. However, some surfers enjoy the right-hand side, which also has some treacherous rocks around it.

And for those who enjoy Bahian delicacies, Largo das Baianas de Acarajé is the place to recharge after a long day.

3. Praia da Armação

Although it is not very suitable for swimming, there are other attractions that draw the attention of the regulars: the various five-star hotels, the Aeroclub Plaza Show Shopping Mall (stage of the Araketu Band rehearsals) and the wide strip of sand, where beach volleyball and beach soccer championships take place.

Surfers make this beach their second home. Deserted, it only receives surfers for the most part and some curious.

Extensive and straight beach, with strong current and sea with rough waves attract surfers.

Praia da Armação em Salvador
Praia da Armação em Salvador

Sunbathers are far from this beach for swimming, but it is a great place for contemplation because it has a charming look full of coconut trees.

The big waves, which require extra attention from bathers, are ideal for surfing. Good for surfing

4. Praia dos Artistas

The name is a legacy of the period when, as the name suggests, it was most frequented by artists in the 1970s. Among them: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa.

Praia dos Artistas em Salvador
Praia dos Artistas em Salvador

5. Praia do Buracão

The hidden Praia do Buracão in Salvador is further away from the centre and therefore has a more rustic and calm atmosphere.

Praia do Buracão em Salvador BA
Praia do Buracão em Salvador BA

Enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful beach and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We’re sure it will be an unforgettable day!

6. Praia do Corsário

It is the favorite of the surfing crowd, a meeting point for young people. The waves are conducive to the sport, and the tents, open during the night, maintain a good program of musical attractions.

Praia do Corsário em Salvador
Praia do Corsário em Salvador

For the quality of the waves and headquarters of amateur and professional championships.

The wide strip of sand allows the practice of sports such as beachsoccer, beach volleyball and frescobol. Good for surfing.

7. Praia do Farol da Barra

One of the busiest in the city, it offers several attractions. Excellent for diving, with good visibility and dozens of shipwrecks in the vicinity. The waterfront is full of bars and restaurants, which operate throughout the day.

The promenade is popular with joggers, while some stretches of the beach, with great waves, appeal to surfers.

During Carnival, the famous Circuito Osmar begins there, where trios elétricos and blocos pass by. Busy and good for surfing.

Praia do Farol da Barra em Salvador
Praia do Farol da Barra em Salvador

It is one of the most frequented by tourists and locals. Locals come to enjoy the natural pools at low tide, while tourists prefer to visit the lighthouse that serves as a lookout point on the beach.

It is on this beach that is located the fort of Santo Antônio, one of the cultural attractions of the city.

The waters are calm and suitable for swimming and the extensive promenade gives a vigor to the walks. The surrounding bars and restaurants are crowded after sunset.

8. Praia do Flamengo

Long, sandy beach mixes deserted areas with more lively ones near the tents.

The sea with reefs shelters strong waves ideal for surfing. Around is one of the most popular tents in town serving delicious delicacies.

Some services such as showers, relaxing massages, artisan shops and children’s playground stand out.
Ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle.

Praia do Flamengo em Salvador
Praia do Flamengo em Salvador

Located 26 km from the central region of Salvador, already on the border with the municipality of Lauro de Freitas, it has greenish sea and reefs, forming natural pools at low tide and strong waves at high tide.

Thanks to these waves ends up being quite popular with surfers.

Owner of a vast coconut grove, it also welcomes fruit sellers, who, to the delight of tourists with cameras, travel the beach on donkeys. Good for surfing.

9. Praia do Gamboa

Close to the center of the capital, and frequented by residents of the neighborhood. The sand is narrow and does not have much infrastructure to receive tourists.

Praia do Gamboa em Salvador
Praia do Gamboa em Salvador

However, its entrance is next to one of Salvador’s most beautiful tourist attractions, Solar do Unhão, built in the 17th century, which once served as a slave quarters and today houses the Museum of Modern Art of Salvador.

Pinches of publishing also spice up this beach.

In 1535, Diogo Álvares Correia, the Caramuru, lived there.

The sea is calm and much sought after by divers. Good for diving and water sports.

10. Praia de Itapuã

This beach has become a postcard of the city for having been a reference of the music of Caetano Veloso and Vinícius de Moraes. It really is the most beautiful of Salvador for its reefs, calm sea and the Itapuã Lighthouse.

Immortalized by the song, the beach is constantly visited by onlookers, tourists and locals who enjoy the calm, greenish waters for swimming in the natural pools formed by the reefs that are there.

Coconut trees and rocks are arranged around, in addition to a lighthouse and some rafts on the horizon, providing a beautiful landscape. In terms of food, the beach also wins points with one of the tastiest acarajés in town.

Praia do Itapuã em Salvador
Praia de Itapuã em Salvador

It has natural pools, rocks, coconut trees and a lighthouse. Although the sea there is generally quite calm, in some periods and stretches it has giant waves.

It was in Itapuã that the second edition of the Abubakir Big Wave Challenge of Bahia took place in 2009, an event that attracted the big names of Brazilian surfing.

Agitated and good for surfing and windsurfing.

11. Praia de Jaquaribe

Located between Piatã and Patamares, it is 18 km from the center of Salvador and is one of the three most popular in the city, especially in high season, when it is taken by tourists.

Beach with strong waters usually attracts surfers and some bathers who enjoy good waves.

Despite the rough waves, bathers risk diving into the sea. The boardwalk full of coconut trees contributes to the charm of the beach and attracts hikers.

Jaquaribe Beach in Salvador
Jaquaribe Beach in Salvador

Its waters are calm and warm during all seasons. It also attracts surfers and hosts several championships.

Thanks to the fine white sand, bathers take advantage of the stretches without kiosks and tents to practice footvolley and beach volleyball.

Another characteristic of Jaguaribe is that it is a recurring scenario for soccer coaches, who find in the soft sand of the beach the ideal conditions for the physical preparation of athletes. Busy and good for surfing.

12. Praia Jardim de Alah

With a vast landscaped coconut grove that blends into the urban landscape, it offers one of the best views of Salvador’s waterfront.

On the left-hand stretch of the beach, on the north side, the sea usually has warm waters and, therefore, attracts visits from bathers.

Quite busy, it gains extra animation during the Summer Light project, when several events (aerobics classes, dance, capoeira, etc.) make its sands a great leisure option for residents and tourists.

Praia Jardim de Alah em Salvador
Praia Jardim de Alah em Salvador

The promenade, about 15 km long, is home to bike paths and fitness equipment. And there, too, is the Costa Azul Park, with more than 55,000 m2 of leisure, entertainment and gastronomy areas. Busy and good for walking and jogging.

13. Praia Jardim dos Namorados

With great structure for leisure and fun, and one of the favorites of children.

There are also sports courts, playground and tents. However, it is not recommended for bathing, since the bottom of the tide full of stones.

Praia Jardim dos Namorados em Salvador
Praia Jardim dos Namorados em Salvador

The fishermen and surfers, who overcome the obstacle in search of fish and strong waves, do not seem to care about this. Good for surfing and children.

14. Praia de Ondina e Praia da Paciência

Surrounded by hotels and inns, it is one of the most frequented beaches by tourists. The sea is full of rocks that allow great pools at low tide, but can be dangerous at high tide.

Praia de Ondina em Salvador
Praia de Ondina em Salvador

Located between the neighborhoods of Barra and Rio Vermelho, Ondina and Paciência are two other urban beaches of Salvador that are in the central area of the city. While the first one is, in my opinion, a good place to stay, the second one is a beach to spend a few hours of the day.

Praia da Paciência em Salvador BA
Praia da Paciência em Salvador BA

Although it faces the busy Avenida Oceânica, the geography of Praia da Paciência leaves it some distance from the hustle and bustle of the region’s traffic.

It’s not the kind of “Wow, I need to book a space in my Salvador itinerary to spend a morning or afternoon there” beach. However, if you’re staying close to it and want to take a few hours out of your schedule, this stretch of sand may suit your needs.

15. Praia de Piatã

At 19 km from the central region, it is one of the favorites of the youth because of the bars and restaurants.

In addition to the good offer of Bahian cuisine, musical shows contribute even more to attract those in search of fun.

It is one of the most sought after beaches by tourists for having great infrastructure around and ideal waters for bathing.

With calm waters and coconut trees, the beautiful view of the beach is even better with the structure of bars serving snacks, cold beer to the sound of live music and ocean views.

Praia de Piatã em Salvador
Praia de Piatã em Salvador

For this reason, it is very frequented by families with children.

It is also suitable for water sports.

The meeting of the waters of Piatã with the dunes of Placaford form a beautiful landscape. Worth visiting. It’s a busy beach, good for diving, water sports and children.

16. Praia da Pituba

The strong wind that sways the leaves of the coconut trees helps to understand the origin of the name of this beach, 10 km from the Center. Pituba, in Tupi, means breath.

Praia da Pituba em Salvador BA
Praia da Pituba em Salvador BA

This is one of the most infrastructure-rich neighborhoods in Salvador with restaurants, bars and stores around the beach.

The beach itself is not the best for pollution, but it is worth it for housing the Jardim dos Namorados, a stretch with sports courts, trendy bars and large spaces for organizing events.

Only a few stretches are considered suitable for bathing, and the most suitable of these is where fishermen keep their boats, close to reefs, natural pools and calm waters.

On the waterfront, a variety of bars and restaurants are good leisure options.

In the morning or late afternoon, the yellowish sand that surrounds the beach and a natural corridor for hiking enthusiasts. Busy

17. Praia Porto da Barra

Elected by the English newspaper “The Guardian” the third best beach in the world, and the only one in the Upper City bathed by the Bay of All Saints and is really beautiful.

The sunset draws attention and attracts many people in the late afternoon. Small cove of clear sea, calm and momo, and excellent for swimming.

To complete, and scenario of important historical facts.

It was there, in 1549, that Tome de Souza landed, before founding Salvador, which would become the first capital of Brazil.

Also in this place Americo Vespucci planted the Portuguese flag, symbolizing the possession of the land. Busy and good for diving, water sports and windsurfing.

Praia do Porto da Barra em Salvador
Praia do Porto da Barra em Salvador

Ideal for swimming because of the natural pools and for sailing, this beach with its narrow strip of sand receives all kinds of visitors such as sportsmen, bathers and peddlers.

It is the closest to the centre, which is why it is one of the most visited, especially at weekends.

With its clean waters, it attracts bathers and sports enthusiasts such as windsurfing.

At night, the scenery stands out for its brightness, which contrasts with the sea.

18. Praia do Rio Vermelho

This beach is not suitable for bathing due to the large number of fishermen’s boats that are moored. However, the night takes on a different scenario with the presence of visitors who dispute the tastiest acarajés in the Bahian capital.

Praia do Rio Vermelho em Salvador
Praia do Rio Vermelho em Salvador

Polluted by boats, the beach is not suitable for swimming. Near the shore are numerous stalls, including Dinha and Regina, the most famous with acarajés at fair prices.

And from the latter, every February 2, hundreds of boats leave with offerings to Iemanjá. But Rio Vermelho has many more stories.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Diogo Álvares Correia, the Caramuru, was shipwrecked there, after a strong storm, and was found in the sands.

In the 1970s, it was frequented by Salvador’s elite and by artists such as Dorival Caymmi and Caetano Veloso, who lived there.

Besides stories, some stretches of the beach attract waves of surfers in search of good waves. Agitated and good for surfing.

19. Prainha do Solar do Unhão

For those who are going to visit the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM) it is worth “stretching” the tour and visiting the little beach of Solar do Unhão. With a small strip of land, the region has calm and crystal clear waters.

However, if the bather also wants to enjoy the sunset, he needs to be aware that the beach is closed between 6 pm and 6:30 pm for safety reasons.

Prainha do Solar do Unhão
Prainha do Solar do Unhão

To get to the little beach you can walk from Praça do Campo Grande, walking towards Quartel dos Aflitos until the slope that leads to Gamboa.

At the end of the slope and turning left, you can see the Solar do Unhão.

For those who go by car it is worth a warning that there is no parking inside the unit, because of this, the car must be left on the street.

20. Praia de Stella Maris

Located in the north zone, approximately 30 kilometers from the central area of the city, the beaches of Stella Maris and Flamengo are the great darlings of Salvador.

The beach of strong waves is surrounded by resorts and summer houses, which makes it slightly crowded on weekends.

Even with all the excitement of the waters, it attracts families on the extensive shore due to the stones that form pools at low tide. Surfers also frequent this beach as much as tourists.

Praia de Stella Maris
Praia de Stella Maris em Salvador

Today, it is one of the most frequented points by surfers and bodyboarders and jet skiers. If at high tide the strong waves attract the crowd, the natural pools that form at low tide are an eternal invitation to relax bathers.

It hosts luaus and surfing championships, such as the 50th stage of Super surf, held in June 2009, which received great beasts of the sport, such as Neco Padarazzi, multi world champion.

In high season, the tents are open all night. Busy and good for surfing.

21. Praia Pituaçu

Because it is protected by reefs, its waves are weak, ideal for children. The tents are a separate attraction.

Praia Pituaçu em Salvador
Praia Pituaçu em Salvador

They are open day and night and are famous for serving crab, Pituaçu’s specialty.

In the troubled 1970s it gained fame for its liberal atmosphere. It was there that the first topless in Bahia was recorded. Good for surfing and children.

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