What to see in Salvador Da Bahia
Salvador Da Bahia Attractions
Salvador de Bahia, the former capital of Brazil, is a vibrant and colourful mix of African, Native-Indian, and European culture. Its history is evident in its cuisine, architecture, and music. Founded in the 16th century as a Portuguese colony, Salvador is an old city rich in cultural history, evident in its cuisine, architecture, and music. The historic district, also known as Pelourinho or the Cidade Alta, has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to its colonial churches and houses. There are over a thousand sacred houses in Salvador, 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', where the locals certainly know how to have a good time. The Mercado Modelo is the city's bustling market area, with arts and crafts stalls, and a variety of restaurants and bars. One of the main reasons to visit Salvador is the city's continuous line-up of wild festivals and celebrations on the beaches and plazas, filling the city with music and dancing.
The coastline spans over 50 miles (80km), making it one of the longest in Brazil, each beach its own unique draw. Porto da Barra is a popular beach for swimming, as it faces the bay and the waters are calm; Farol da Barra has a number of rocky pools and reefs that are perfect for kids to play in. Farol de Itapoan has strong currents suited to experienced swimmers and surfers, while Flamengo is a scenic beach home to several fun barracas, or beach bars. You can also visit Projeto Tamar, which is a sea turtle conservation project at Praia do Forte.
You can get spectacular views from Farol de Barra, a lighthouse at the point of the city where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of All Saints. You won't be able to see the city, but crowds form every night to watch the sun set from this amazing vantage point. A better view of the city itself can be seen from Forte de Monte Serrat, or at one of the two restaurants at the top of the Mercado Modelo.
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