Salvador da Bahia

Salvador da Bahia

The city of Salvador is the third largest in Brazil, located in the north-eastern part of the country, and is the capital of the state of Bahia. It sits on the tip of the peninsula which nearly encloses the Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is divided in two by a steep escarpment, and the surrounding area consists of rolling hills, low mountains, mangrove swamps and sandy beaches.

Salvador da Bahia Tours

by Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

Salvador covers a total area of 706,800 square kilometres, and sprawls from the coast inland for many kilometres. Most visitors to Salvador tend to stay on the coast for obvious reasons, visiting beaches such as Flamengo and Stella Maris, which are the most popular among tourists and well-to-do locals. The tourist infrastructure at these beaches is well developed and the rough seas are perfect for surfing. Calmer waters can be found at Jaguaribe, Piatã and Itapoã, but these are very popular with the locals and can therefore become very crowded at weekends and holidays.

Salvador da Bahia

by Jesse Michael Nix

Its population is around 2.7 million, and is largely of African descent, with a good number of Europeans such as Portuguese, Italians and Spanish. The culture is understandably influenced by its African origins, and can be seen in its unique music, cuisine, theatre and literature. The climate is tropical with warm temperatures and high levels of humidity.

Interestingly, although most people think of Rio when they think of Carnival, the Guinness Book of Records states that Salvador’s Carnival is the biggest in the world. For a more peaceful visit, tourists can check out the Museu Afro-Brasileiro, which charts the slave trade; Abaeté Park; or Solar do Unhão, where the best views of the sunset are enjoyed.

Date posted: 28th June, 2018

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