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Salvador is the vibrant and historically rich capital of Bahia, overlooking the magnificent 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.

Surfing, Barra Beach, Salvador, Brazil
Barra Beach, Salvador, Brazil

A little more about Salvador

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 historic 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.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Discover Pelourinho

Wander along the cobbled streets of Salvador’s beautiful colonial heart, the Pelourinho.

Capoeira Lesson

Try your hand at the Brazilian dance-based martial art called capoeira during a private lesson with a local expert.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Sample Salvador Cuisine

Tuck in to delicious moqueca, a coconut based seafood stew, and visit the local restaurants to sample their other iconic dishes.

Live Music in Pelourinho

Experience the unique African-influenced culture of Salvador, ever-present in the music and dance scene, on Tuesday evenings when live bands play in Pelourinho.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Attend Salvador Carnival

Partake in Salvador Carnival, absorbing the parade of music and dance that flows through the city’s streets.

Experience Salvador

Visit one of Brazil’s oldest cities, where African culture dominates every niche of its colourful lifestyle.

Need Inspiration?
Browse our Brazil holiday ideas.

Our Brazil experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

What excellent service from James - he was very knowledgeable and booked the perfect trip for us to Brazil.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: Roxy

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