What to see in Salvador Da Bahia
Salvador Da Bahia Attractions
Salvador de Bahia is the former capital of Brazil, and a vibrant, colourful mix of African, Native-Indian, and European culture. Its history is evident in its 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 like the Cathedral of Salvador, the Church of Nossa Senora do Rosário dos Pretos, and the Convent and Church of Sao Francisco. Another building worth seeing is the donut-shaped São Marcelo Fort, built in the 17th century.
Salvador is also known as the 'Capital of Joy', and 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 to visit Salvador is the city's continuous line-up of wild festivals and celebrations. Set on beaches and in plazas, they fill the city with music and dancing.
The coastline spans over 50 miles (80km), making it 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 play in. Farol de Itapoan has strong currents suited to experienced swimmers and surfers, while the scenic Flamengo is home to several fun barracas, or beach bars. Visitors can also visit Projeto Tamar, which is a sea turtle conservation project at Praia do Forte.
Visitors can get spectacular views from Farol da Barra. The lighthouse is situated where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of All Saints. Unlike Farol da Barra, Forte de Monte Serrat offers wonderful views of the city itself.
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