Make sure you ask for an English translation booklet at the entrance. Scenic boat trips, ocean sailing, dolphin trekking and general beach bumming prove the main draws to this tropical island. As you sail off into the water, gaze out upon views of the postcard-worthy coastline while a band serenades you with the rhythms of the region. Things To Do in Salvador The capital of the Brazilian State of Bahia, Salvador is a picture-perfect city with a tropical coastline that wraps from the Bay of All Saints to the South Atlantic Ocean. The most visited is the Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bom Fim, and the bracelets you will get everywhere are in homage to it.
One of Bahia'a most popular churches is the Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim, built 1745-54. You could spend all day gazing at the colonial architecture and chocolate-box exteriors, but make some time to go inside a few of the more notable buildings here. There are a lot of activities that also take place around this area, like you will see some people performing. Lucia from about 1630, one of the earliest examples of silver portrait sculpture in. The walls of the adjoining square cloister are also faced with superb Portuguese azulejo pictures. Read on to know how we determine which attractions top the charts and which can be given a miss! In fact it was the first capital of Brazil in 1549 and remained the capital for over 200 years. Rio Branco Palace and is also located on the plaza at the top of the elevator, the model market is located at the bottom of it.
As many of the workers were slaves and could only work at night after their regular labor was finished, the building progressed slowly for almost a century. Aconchego Zuzu restaurant specializes in rich traditional dishes of Bahia. Visitors to this towering icon can travel 72 meters in under 30 seconds—a major improvement on the rope-and-pulley elevator first used by Jesuits on this same site back in the early 1600s. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1:00—7:00 p. The beach is usually busy especially at weekends with the locals and there are plenty of vendors selling snacks, drinks and all sorts of things. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Salvador. The museum exhibits a variety of wood carvings, baskets, pottery and other artwork and crafts linking Brazilian and African artistic traditions.
The Pelourinho is the best place to stay when you visit Salvador de Bahia. When he passed away, his wife decided to donate his collection and inaugurated the museum in his honor in 1969. Directly opposite the blue cathedral is the balcony where Michael Jackson performed during his music video. Candomble actually means to dance in honor of the gods. Bahia not relaxed enough for you? The market is across from the Lacerda Elevator in Praça Visconde de Cayru.
And happily, the coastlines in this region are some of the finest anywhere on the South American continent. The treks through Chapada Diamantina park can get tough and challenging in the blazing heat. Inside are works of famous artists like Tarsila do Amaral, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti and Carybé. Michael Hill Road has become one of the most cosmopolitan places in Salvador. The exhibit starts from the building itself, which used to be a former convent. Sankofa Café and Bar on St. The Museo Afro-Brasileiro is one of the few museums of its type in Brazil exclusively dedicated to African cultural heritage and its influence on contemporary Brazilian culture.
The historic center of the city dates back to the mid-1500s and features candy-colored houses, cobblestone alleys, baroque churches, and bustling squares. Not only do they sell locally made arts and crafts but they also sell clothes and other typical market items. Salvador was Brazil's capital until 1763, when it was succeeded by , and for three centuries, it was the principal port for slaves arriving from. Also in the Pelourinho quarter is the Casa de Benin, devoted to the culture of the old kingdom of Benin now southern Nigeria , from which most of the slaves were shipped to Bahia. When the Portuguese Navy captain Theodozio Rodrigues de Faria and his crew survived a brutal storm at sea, the international explorer vowed to honor the saint who saved his life once he arrived on the shores of his destination. As well as the artwork on display, the museum also holds a variety of events, such as jazz sessions and free courses in printmaking, painting and drawing.
Construction of this beautiful Baroque church began in 1704, when the king of Portugal gave the land to the Irmandade dos Homens Pretos Brotherhood of Black Men. Trying it in the streets is the most traditional way, but if you want to keep on the safe side, go to a restaurant. Located in the traditional fishing village of Jandaira, the sandy shores of this rural spot became famous after a Brazilian soap-opera was filmed here. It dates back to the 16th century and was the home of the government when Salvador de Bahia was the capital of Brazil. Check out the list of attractions and activities to do in Salvador and nearby areas. If you fancy it, this area is known as one of the best places to hear live African drum beat ceremonies. Once the sun goes down, Santana and surrounding squares fill up with locals and visitors who come to hear live music, watch capoeira martial arts, and dig into acarajé, a plate of tasty fritters made with black-eyed peas.
In addition, Michael Jackson filmed one of his short films here. The district is a mix of upscale living and bohemian flavor. Take a ride on the Elevador Lacerda Elevador Lacerda Salvador Bahia The first urban elevator, it relieves your legs from the mountainous city. Then try Morro de Sao Paulo, the ultimate island getaway. I found myself laid on the main beach at Barra Salvador, which is called Praia do Porto da Barra.