Tourist attractions in Salvador de Bahia

Salvador da Bahia
Salvador da Bahia

Salvador is a living museum of the history and diversity that our country offers.

A symbol of the mixture of creeds and ethnicities, the culture that was formed in Bahia is rich, full of cheerful people who only need sun to be happy.

The Bahian culture is strong in all aspects and stands out in cuisine, architecture and artistic expressions.

The historic center and the little shops of Pelourinho harmonize with the newer neighborhoods and the beautiful scenery of the city, always cut by beaches and coconut trees.

Lots of parties, good restaurants and sunshine are what you can expect on your trip.

The Bahian people are welcoming and the hotel network, well prepared for the public.

Compared to other Brazilian capitals, the costs in Salvador are fair and there is fun for all pockets.

Just be prepared for the traffic, which is intense and worthy of a large capital.

Of all the saints, joys and charms.

Such is Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, Historical Heritage of Humanity, a city of peculiar characteristics whose streets and squares have already been sung and versed by great names in music and literature.

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Coveted since its foundation, the city already attracted foreign attention not only for its privileged location, but also for its exuberant natural wealth.

The line of military construction, consisting of several forts, reflects the need for defense against attacks by Indians, French, English and Dutch in the first two centuries of existence.

By the end of the 17th century, 14 forts were already part of São Salvador da Baia de Todos os Santos (original name), of which 11 still remain, today considered historical heritage and true concrete symbols of bravery from the time of colonization.

A land of varied ethnic and cultural traits, Salvador breathes history.

The city’s vast heritage is one of its most valuable legacies and adds values that attract visitors from all over the world.

Secular mansions, chapels, basilicas, churches, sobrados, palaces, manor houses, parks and terreiros make Salvador one of the cities in the world that most preserve their cultural assets, including integrating the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

With a unique and diverse potential, these tourist attractions are visiting cards that transform the visit into an unforgettable moment.

How can we not mention the famous Basilica Cathedral, typical of Portuguese-Brazilian churches, the Church of Our Lord of Bonfim, the main monument of faith of the Bahian people, and the remarkable Church of Santo António da Barra?

Undoubtedly, these and other religious buildings reflect the strong Catholicism that is present in the Salvadoran belief, which, mixed with the deities and the cults of candomblé, makes the city even more mysterious, magical and intriguing.

What to say, then, of the narrow and twisting streets of Pelourinho, with its museums of sacred and popular art and buildings from the 17th to the 19th centuries, the imposing Porte de Mont Serrat and the much-acclaimed Mercado Modelo with its immense variety in crafts.

Other must-sees are the Elevador Lacerda, which connects the Upper and Lower city, the Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, an institution that propagates Bahian culture and literature, as well as the waterfront neighborhoods and the beaches and islands of the region.

Salvador de Bahia is that. And much more when it comes to knowing the magic that surrounds this land that combines past and present and mixes races, colors, beliefs and rhythms.

To know Salvador and to enter in this continuous tune of party, and to get involved with the joy that infects and to live this singular daily life. And, without a doubt, enjoy a unique journey of adventure and, above all, of great pleasure.

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Tourist attractions in Salvador

  1. Pelourinho
  2. Barra Lighthouse
  3. Lacerda Elevator
  4. Mercado Modelo
  5. Abaeté Lagoon
  6. Church of Senhor do Bonfim
  7. Monte Serrat Fort
  8. Humaitá Point
  9. Bay of All Saints
  10. Ribeira Beach
  11. Bahian cuisine

1. Pelourinho

Few places are as emblematic in Salvador as the Pelourinho. In the Historic Center of the Bahian capital and part of the UN Historical Heritage, it draws attention for its houses in Portuguese Baroque colonial style.

Pelourinho em Salvador
Pelourinho em Salvador

The name dates back to the time of slavery. Pelourinho means the stone column that stood in the center of the squares to punish the slaves.

Meet also the Attractions of the Historic Center of Salvador da Bahia

2. Barra Lighthouse

The Farol da Barra, also known as Farol de Santo Antônio, is one of the main postcards of Salvador, and besides the external beauty, it also gives access to the nautical museum.

Farol da Barra em Salvador
Farol da Barra em Salvador

The 22-meter-high tower was built in the 17th century and guided vessels arriving in the city, which was once one of the main ports in South America.

3. Lacerda Elevator

The Elevador Lacerda is one of Salvador’s most popular tourist attractions, despite having a real use for the population. The world’s first urban elevator takes residents from the lower part of the city to the upper part.

Elevador Lacerda em Salvador
Elevador Lacerda em Salvador

The attraction is due to the beautiful view from it.

Meet also the Foundation and the History of Salvador da Bahia

4. Mercado Modelo

Located in Cidade Baixa, Mercado Modelo is considered the largest handicraft shopping center in the country. There are more than 260 stores selling typical products from Bahia, as well as restaurants and bars.

Mercado Modelo em Salvador
Mercado Modelo em Salvador

The building is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Built in 1861, it was the third customs house in Salvador. The place also hosts several artistic and cultural actions.

5. Lagoa de Abaeté

Lagoa de Abaeté is 10 kilometers from the city center, but it is a well-known spot.

Lagoa de Abaeté em Salvador
Lagoa de Abaeté em Salvador

Here tourists will find calm waters, white sands and coconut trees to relax. The lagoon is part of an environmental preservation area.

6. Church of Senhor do Bonfim

Famous throughout Brazil, the Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim became known thanks to the ribbons of Senhor do Bonfim and the annual washing of its staircases.

Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim em Salvador
Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim em Salvador

This cultural monument of neoclassical architecture and rococo façade was built between 1745 and 1754 to house the image of Senhor Bom Jesus do Bonfim, brought from Lisbon. Pope Pius XI elevated the church to the Basilica in 1927.

See also Religious Tourism in Salvador da Bahia

Meet also Churches of Salvador da Bahia

7. Fort of Monte Serrat

Forte de Monte Serrat was built first as a small fort between 1538 and 1587, it was remodeled in 1602 to have greater defensive power. It was known as Fortaleza de São Felipe, until its name was changed in the 19th century.

Forte de Monte Serrat em Salvador
Forte de Monte Serrat em Salvador

It is a beautiful tourist spot that carries a lot of history, as it was occupied in 1638 by the Dutch, and housed Prince Maurício de Nassau. The fort houses the Weapons Museum.

Meet also the History of the Forts and Lighthouses of Salvador

8. Ponta do Humaitá

Next to Monte Serrat Fort, the Ponta do Humaitá is known for its panoramic view of the Baia de Todos os Santos and the city, as well as being one of the best places to watch the sunset.

Ponta do Humaitá em Salvador
Ponta do Humaitá em Salvador

The architecture of the lathe is marked by houses built in the nineteenth century, as well as the presence of a lighthouse from the beginning of the last century, a monastery and the Church of Monte Serrat.

9. Bay of All Saints or Baia de Todos os Santos

The Baia de Todos os Santos is the largest bay in Brazil was sighted on November 1, 1501 in the expedition of Américo Vespúcio, and baptized due to the date, where All Saints Day is celebrated.

Baía de Todos os Santos
Baía de Todos os Santos

As described by Américo Vespúcio, the place was a large and beautiful bay, and even today it attracts the attention of those who visit Salvador for the first time. There are calm and clear waters, as well as Atlantic Forest, vast mangroves, sandbanks and coral reefs.

Meet also the History and characteristic of the Bay of All Saints

10. Ribeira Beach

One of the most charming and bohemian places in Salvador, Praia da Ribeira is bathed by the Bay of All Saints, and has a beautiful view of the colonial mansions and its islands.

Praia da Ribeira em Salvador
Praia da Ribeira em Salvador

The place is one of the most frequented by sailors in the city, due to its calm waters, which is why it used to be a well-known fishing village.

The most “popular” stretch of sand is the one near the architectural complex formed by the Archbishop’s Summer Palace and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha, with good options of stalls with food, drink and chair and umbrella service.

For fun, bathers play sand soccer and beach volleyball. This beach is also often used for competitions and water sports such as rowing and canoeing. The entire waterfront is usually crowded on weekends, so if you want tranquility prefer to go during the week.

Ribeira is well known for its bohemian life, with several bars on the waterfront, shows and cultural festivals such as Mercado Iaô promoted by singer Margareth Menezes, as well as the most famous ice cream parlor in the city, Sorveteria da Ribeira;

See also Beaches of Salvador da Bahia

11. Bahian cuisine – Tabuleiro de Sabores

The Bahian cuisine is a chapter apart in the history of Salvador. The mixture of rich and unique eating habits is the result of the blend of knowledge of three ethnic groups.

Manioc and corn were planted by the Indians, who produced pirão and fermented drinks as an accompaniment to fish and domestic animals.

With the arrival of the Portuguese, the locals got to know cod, sardines and fine sweets, while the blacks contributed the unmistakable flavors of chili peppers and dende oil.

Bahia’s gastronomic festival dates back to the 16th century, when waves of slaves from different regions of Africa landed in the state.

Gradually, the black women bought in the trading floors near the Mercado Modelo got to know what was already consumed and adapted the dishes of the orishas to the taste of the sinhás.

Thus was born the caruru, an adaptation of the amalá, a delicacy that comprised the food of the orishas that, added with dried shrimp, peanuts and chestnuts, became one of the most famous dishes of Bahian cuisine.

The famous bobó de camarão and munguzá went through the same process.

The leftover olive oil was transformed into pure farofa or mixed with fried plantains. Coconut milk was used to season moqueca, stews and escabeches, while the bagasse, mixed with cane molasses or rapadura, quickly became a delicious cocada.

But not all dishes were influenced by Africa. In times when noble meat was for the exclusive consumption of the masters, the inhabitants of the slave quarters had only the carcass left.

It was thanks to the creativity and necessity of the slave people that the succulent feijoada was born, as well as sarapatel and mocotó, famous delicacies that also carry the special touch of dende.

Today, the Bahian menu includes more than 50 different types of dishes, many of them typical of the slave quarters, whose fame is mainly due to delicacies such as acarajé, mocotó and the scalded crab and oyster, among others sold on the beaches, in popular markets and in the famous street stalls.

However, as not only typical food lives the Bahian people and Salvador and one of the metropolises of the Northeast, restaurants of international cuisine and regional Brazilian cuisine, such as gaucho and mineira, also make up this attractive board of gastronomic options.

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