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What to see in Salvador Da Bahia

Salvador Da Bahia Attractions

Salvador de Bahia is a vibrant and colourful mix of indigenous, African and European culture, its history evident in its diverse cuisine, music and architecture. Founded in the 16th century as a Portuguese colony, its historic district, also known as Pelourinho or the Cidade Alta, has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The city has over a thousand sacred houses, including churches such as the Cathedral of Salvador, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos and the Convent and Church of Sao Francisco. No less holy but not quite sacred is the 17th-century donut-shaped São Marcelo Fort.

Also known as the 'Capital of Joy', Salvador locals certainly know how to have a good time. The Mercado Modelo is the city's bustling market area, where visitors will find arts-and-crafts stalls, and a variety of bars and restaurants. One of the main reasons people visit the city is the continuous line-up of wild festivals and celebrations, when beaches and plazas come alive with music, dancing and partying.

Salvadore's coastline spans over 50 miles (80km), one of the longest in Brazil. Each beach has a unique draw: Porto da Barra is popular for swimming as it faces the bay and has calm waters; Farol da Barra's rocky pools and reefs are perfect for kids to frolic in; Farol de Itapoan has strong currents suited to experienced swimmers and surfers; while the scenic Flamengo is home to several fun barracas (beach bars). Visitors can also visit Projeto Tamar, which is a sea turtle conservation project at Praia do Forte.

Another huge drawcard are the spectacular ocean views from Farol da Barra. The lighthouse is situated where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of All Saints. Forte de Monte Serrat, on the other hand, offers wonderful views of the city itself.


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