Everybody knows that the city of Salvador bears many charms, colors and axé.
Split between the High and Low city, there is no lack of interestingness in order to surprise the visitor throughout the entire year, either for those who appreciate history as for those who opt to spend the whole day inn front of the sea.
We hope you like our tips and that they inspire you next trip.
  • ARENA FONTE NOVA

The stadium was one of the first to be launched in the country in order to host Fifa's 2014 World Cup. The space got ready as of April 2013, after being completely demolished in 2010.

With enough capacity for 50 thousand people, it offers parking lot, food tents, elevators, restrooms, stores, panoramic restaurants with a view to the arena and to the Dique do Tororó as well as two 578" screens. One of the special features is slightly vertical inclination of the seats, which provide the audience with a greater proximity to the spectacle.


  • ELEVADOR LACERDA

The most original way to circulate between the High and Low cities is through the Elevador Lacerda, one of the Historic Marks of the capital of Bahia, launched in 1872. With 71 meters height, it connects the Tomé de Souza Square (high part) to Cairu Square, where Mercado Modelo is. Restored in 2002, it earned a new night lightning and panoramic windows that unfold the dock and the market. There are four cabins, being the 1st and 2nd original ones, used since the launching. The 3rd and 4th ones are from the 1930 work, when the construction earned some art deco traits. The trips last around 30 seconds and carry an average of 20 thousand people a day.

  • FAROL DA BARRA 

At the beginning of Baía de Todos os Santos, it is the ideal place for appreciating Salvador's sunset. This is one of Salvador's postcards.

With visiting allowed, tourists and locals are allowed to climb the spiraled stairs of the 22 meters high tower (equivalent to a seven store building) and to know the whole structure of the lighthouse. Over there it is found the 120 year old french machinery, turned on daily – the lightbulb lights up at dusk and shuts off at dawn. The light can be seen from 60km away from the coast, guiding boats. From the lighthouse's height, the 360 degree view unfolds the Baía de Todos os Santos and the Atlantic Ocean's open sea.

Considered the oldest lighthouse in América, the building is a Historic and Touristic Mark of Bahia. It is part of an architectonic set of the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra's militar complex, which also hosts the Nautical Museum. 



  • FORTE SÃO MARCELO

At the beginning of the XIX century, it served as a political prison and hosted the southern leader Bento Gonçalves as well as the Sabinada rebels.



  • IGREJA DO BONFIM

The Senhor do Bonfim Church is the most famous in Salvador due to the traditional "Lavagem do Bonfim". Built in 1772, the church's facade is in rococó style covered with Portuguese tiles from the 19th century. The interior's decoration is neoclassic, standing out by the nave's lining's painting done by Antônio Joaquim Franco Velasco; and sacristy panels as well as the lateral corridors by José Teófilo de Jesus. In the main altar, the image of Christ brought from Portugal in the mid 18th century is rather impressive.

The origins of the Senhor do Bonfim's wristband refers to an over 200 years old tradition. According to history, a treasurer from the Senhor do Bonfim brotherhood had the habit of using a band that, originally, had the length of the Senhor do Bonfim's image's right arm. Tradition claims that one has to tie it three times, and for each knot a wish is conceded. At the churchyard's grid, an infinity of wristbands colors the scenario, turning the ambient even more joyful and typically from Bahia!



  • IGREJA E CONVENTO DE SÃO FRANCISCO

Hundreds of gold kilos compose the altar's brightness of the wealthiest church in the country. Considered to be one of the most extraordinary monuments in worldwide barroco, the São Francisco temple, brought up in 1723, still bears the black rosewood balustrades, illusionists' paintings and a gorgeous image of São Pedro de Alcântara. A convent, which is part of the complex, has the interior courtyard's walls covered with Portuguese tiles which reproduce the birth of São Francisco and his renounce to material goods.



  • MERCADO DO PEIXE – PRAÇA CARAMURU

Launched in 2016, the Caramuru Square replaces the old "Mercado do Peixe", as it was known for over 50 years. The new space gathers 11 restaurants and eight kiosks of varied menu while some work 24/7, regarding the tradition of the earlier Market. The square has also earned a concert and cultural presentation' area as well as a parking lot.



  • MERCADO MODELO 

At Mercado Modelo, are gathered over 200 tents and it is possible to find the best in local craftsmanship thus being the most recommended place for purchasing Salvador's souvenirs. At Mercado Modelo there are also the traditional Rodas de Capoeira.



  • MUSEU RODIN BAHIA

The mansion, where the Palacete das Artes Rodin Bahia operates, at Graça's neighborhood, belonged to the Portuguese commender Bernardo Martins Catharino. Launched in 1912, the mansion benefited its marvelous gardens, nowadays ornamented with four copper sculptures from Auguste Rodin (from 2009 to 2012, the mansion hosted over 62 plaster works by the artist).  In its interior, the mansion exhibits paintings, panel ceiling linings, stained glass, parquet floors, marble and hydraulic ladders, as well as a french elevator from the time of its construction. Listed as heritage in 1982, the mansion earned an appendix of modern architectonic traits, scenario for temporary exhibitions, as well as a laid back coffee-bar.



  • PELOURINHO

No other place reflects the soul of Bahia as well as Pelourinho. Considered Mankind's Heritage by UNESCO, Cidade Alta's neighborhood has over 800 big houses from the 17th and the 18th centuries. Alleys, hills and squares give room to churches, museums, restaurants, stores and a constant back-and-forth of people from Salvador, Brazil and the world.

The Historic Neighborhood is worth a visit, specially on Tuesdays. Those days, apart from strolling around worry free, seeking the history behind the architectonic and crafts' wealths, visitors may watch a mass to the sound of the batuque at the Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos Church, as of 18h.

The heat goes on with the concert of the singer Gerônimo at Escadaria do Passo (Ladeira do Carmo). During summer, every two Tuesdays a month (named as "Blessing Tuesdays"), there are also presentations of Olodum and several percussion bands through the stairs and squares such as Teresa Batista, Quincas Berro d'Água, Pelourinho, as well as Terreiro de Jesus.

For those who rejoice from those activities around Pelourinho, it is worth getting to know the Rua de Santo Antônio Além do Carmo street, where every last Friday of the month the Projeto Roda de Samba no Largo de Santo Antônio takes place.



  • PONTA DO HUMAITÁ

One of the most charming places in Salvador – with an exclusive view to Baía de Todos os Santos bay and an astonishing sunset – it is yet not much explored. Hidden within the Itapagipe peninsula, at Cidade Baixa, it gathers a courtyard, a little church, a convent and a lighthouse – typical architectures from Bahia! The Ponta do Humaitá stays close to the Forte Monte Serrat or São Felipe.



  • PORTO DA BARRA 

Closest beach to the Center, Porto da Barra has clean waters and natural pools, which makes it one of the most sought after during Saturdays and Sundays either by the local population as well as by tourists, street vendors, &c. Come during the week, when it's most chilled. Another upside is the night lightening, guaranteeing the movement even after the sun sets. It's recommended for the practice of nautical sports, such as windsurf.


  • RIO VERMELHO

Salvador has a little acarajé tent in every corner, but in order for you to taste the treats prepared by the most famous baianas of the capital step through to Rio Vermelho neighborhood. On Largo de Santana, Dinha, Cira and Regina has set the boundaries, gathering tourists, bohemians and artists of all sorts whose passions for their favorite baianas is equivalent to their football beloved teams.

Apart from tasting the frosty beans based treat, vatapá and dried shrimps, take your time to enjoy the neighborhood which has turned into a night hotspot of Salvador, with cheered bars and cool restaurants.



  • SOLAR DO UNHÃO / MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA DA BAHIA

One of the most beautiful architectonical sets by the coasts of Baía de Todos os Santos, the Solar do Unhão hosts the Modern Art Museum of Bahia, gathering over two thousand works by Brazilian painters such as Di Cavalcanti, Portinari and Tarcila do Amaral. Built at the 17th century in stone masonry, meant to serve as the residence for the debtor Pedro Unhão Castelo Branco, the solar was adapted for commercial purposes, being composed of a "Casa Grande" (big house), a senzala (quarters), chapel, warehouse and a dock.

Restored in 1962 it had its gardens turned into a Sculptures' Park, exhibiting pieces by artists such as Caribé and Mário Cravo. The pier earned a restaurant named Solar Café, with open air tables, as well as the title of being one of the best places in town to appreciate the sunset. The spectacle, in fact, gets further improved during Saturday's late afternoons, when the JAM no MAM project takes place – a project that brings to the museum a special soundtrack ("jazz with an accent from Bahia"), based on the best jam sessions' styles. 

Spring Festival in Salvador

The Spring Festival, one of the most anticipated moments in the city's calendar of events will be held this year between 21 and September 30

Food Trucks and space kids come to Jardim de Alah

Bahia Food Park happened in early September, with children's play area with bouncy, slides and artistic painting.

Point of Corridors Salvador

Great meeting of the corridors of Salvador, Jardim de Alah gathers most racing clubs, they lie in their tents, especially on Saturdays.