Why you should visit Salvador
- Experience the unique African-influenced culture of Salvador, ever-present in the religion, music, dance and food
- Wander along the cobbled streets of Salvador’s beautiful colonial heart, the Pelourinho
- Salvador’s cuisine is delicious, particularly moqueca, a coconut based seafood stew
- Don’t miss Salvador Carnival. The thronging parade of music and dance flows through the city’s streets rather than in a stadium as in Rio de Janeiro
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Have a go at one of the local forms of dance and music such as the Afro-Brazilian drumming or for the more nimble try the acrobatic capoiera, an impressive blend of martial art and dance. Or leave it to the professionals and watch one of their live evening shows.
A little more about Salvador and Bahia
Salvador is the vibrant and historically rich capital of Bahia, overlooking the magnificent Bahia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Bay) on the north-eastern shores of Brazil. One of Brazil’s oldest cities, it was also incredibly wealthy thanks to the cultivation of sugarcane and tobacco which relied heavily on the slave trade. The vast majority of slaves came from Africa and brought their unique culture with them.
African culture dominates every niche of Salvador’s colourful lifestyle from the pulsating rhythm of drums to the spicy aroma of its cuisine, the martial art dance of capoeira, and the incessant need to party! Salvador’s crowning glory is the historical downtown area, the Pelourinho; a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautifully coloured colonial houses and dotted with some of the prettiest churches in the country.
When to go
Salvador is a year round destination with fairly consistent warm temperatures, however August to March is the driest season.