Known as Salvador de Bahía, founded as San Salvador da Bahía da Todos os Santos are a city and Brazilian municipality, the capital of the state of Bahía and the first capital of Colonial Brazil.
If you decide to come to Bahía, do not miss the following places:
A tour of the Pelourinho:
declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it corresponds to the old part of the city, a magical area where colorful colonial architectures, baroque temples and narrow cobbled streets that rise and descend through its geography are crossed.
Numerous historic buildings, streets dance performance, drums in the squares, dozens of bars and artistic centers, end up making the Pelourinho a dream space that mixes the heritage wealth of times past with a vibrant cultural life today.
A stop at the San Francisco Church:
considered one of the most beautiful temples in Brazil and one of the most valuable historical buildings of the city, it corresponds to a beautiful Baroque church of 2 towers that rises on the cobbled square of Anchieta.
Raised in the first half of the XVIII century, it stands out for its imposing stone structure with a careful work of interior decorations, which mixes tiles, frescoes, and sculptures, with the shimmering shades and brightness of its numerous elements covered in gold.
Shopping in the Model Market:
This market is located in an old Neoclassical building of 1861, corresponding to the most famous market of the city and one of the most important artisan centers of the country. Your visit is undoubtedly a must do in Bahía for all shopping fans, discovering among its more than 250 places the most diverse varieties of handicrafts and souvenirs typical of the region.
Another attraction is its restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Bahían gastronomy, along with colorful live capoeira and samba shows.
A walk through Ponta de Humaita:
A small peninsula lined with palm trees and white XIX century mansions, a place full of charm, allowing you to enjoy beautiful views of the Bay of All Saints and its nearby Islands, a panorama that reaches its splendor during the sunset.
Its greatest attraction is the architectural complex of Monte Serrat, corresponding to a small church of the XVI century, its convent and a solitary lighthouse, built at the beginning of the XX century to guide the boats.
Sunset at the Museum of Modern Art:
Its location is at the foot of a steep rocky slope, between mangrove forests and the blue sea, is the one considered the main contemporary art space of the State of Bahía, a museum that through five exhibition halls and a outdoor gallery, presents visual works by well-known Brazilian and foreign artists.
Although its collections are not without interest, the main reason that makes your visit one of the must-see activities in Salvador de Bahía corresponds to its fascinating views at sunset when the sun is hiding on the horizon and the Bay of All Saints is dyed reddish hues. If you visit on Saturday, the surrounding panorama is enriched with outdoor jazz sessions.
Attend an Olodum Show:
This cultural group was created in 1979 as a “block” of the Brazilian Carnival, in order to claim the racial discrimination of the black people, developing a unique musical style that mixes reggae with samba.
Often, Olodum performs trials in the streets and squares of the city, being real street carnivals, with young people dressed in colorful attire, making all the surrounding people dance to the joyful rhythm of hand-painted drums in the colors of Africa: red, gold, green and black. Another site to visit related to the world of Olodum corresponds to the house of the same name, place where a show is performed one per week for most of the year.