Pelourinho

Salvador
Pelourinho which includes a church or cathedral, a square or plaza and street scenes

The soul of Salvador’s Historic Center is a vibrant district of cobblestone streets framed by ancient churches, colonial mansions, museums and cultural centers.

With its art galleries, inspiring architecture and museums, Pelourinho is one of the best places to experience the flamboyant atmosphere of Salvador. Pelourinho is the core and spiritual heart of the city’s Historic Center, a district declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Spend your time wandering along stone alleys and admiring well-preserved monuments from the 17th and 18th centuries. Sample Bahian cuisine at café-lined squares and enjoy performances of the capoeira martial art.

Start your tour of this historic neighborhood in Largo do Pelourinho, a square that was once the site of public floggings. Visit Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People, a church built by slaves over a period of around 100 years. Come on a Sunday to witness a huge Mass service accompanied by Candomblé-influenced music. Stroll uphill past brightly painted colonial houses characterized by iron balconies and stucco work.

Go to the Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado exhibition center. Browse the permanent displays that showcase the life’s work of famed Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. Close by is the city museum, Museu da Ciadade. Spot paintings by acclaimed Bahian artists, such as Presciliano Silva, plus pottery, tapestries and woodcarvings typical of the region.

Continue to Terreiro de Jesus, which is possibly Salvador’s most eye-catching square. Colonial mansions stand next to resplendent churches, including the Cathedral of Salvador, Church of São Pedro dos Clérigos and the Church of São Domingos Gusmão. Admire the architectural prowess from the cafés and restaurants, several with outdoor seating areas. Dine on two classic Bahian dishes: acarajé, deep-fried and spice beans, and moqueca, which is fish or shrimp stew.

While at Terreiro de Jesus, bargain with the vendors for regional handicrafts. Sit and watch impromptu capoeira dance performances. The south side of the square connects with Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, which leads to the Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Located in Salvador’s city center, Pelourinho is easily accessible by foot and via public buses. If arriving from the city’s beach suburbs then catch a bus bound for Praça da Sé and walk from there.


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Laranjeiras Hostel
Laranjeiras Hostel
2 out of 5
Rua da Ordem Terceira, 13 - Pelourinho, Salvador, BA
The price is AU$40 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in Pelourinho, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador and Mercado Modelo. Porto da Barra Beach is 2.9 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (32 reviews)
"Thats an incredible place with great energy and people working there! Breakfasts.are very healthy:fresh fruits and juices, everything "real" and tasty! Great coffee!"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

Laranjeiras Hostel
Bahiacafe Hotel
Bahiacafe Hotel
3 out of 5
Praca da Se, 22, Centro, Salvador, BA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$99 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Located in Pelourinho, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Se Square and Mercado Modelo. Porto da Barra Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (371 reviews)
"Great service and hotel. Amazing place with great breakfast and location. Will come back"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Bahiacafe Hotel
Hotel Villa Bahia
Hotel Villa Bahia
4 out of 5
Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco, 16/18, Pelourinho, Salvador, BA
The price is AU$157 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Located in Pelourinho, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador and Mercado Modelo. Porto da Barra Beach ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (110 reviews)
"We had a wonderful experience at this hotel. They preserve the original building, letting you have an idea how people lived at that time. We would stay there again anytime."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Hotel Villa Bahia
Casa do Amarelindo
Casa do Amarelindo
4 out of 5
Rua Das Portas Do Carmo 6, 6 Pelourinho, Salvador, BA
The price is AU$161 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Located in Pelourinho, this romantic hotel is steps away from Cathedral of Salvador and Terreiro de Jesus. São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador and Mercado ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (165 reviews)
"I wish I could live here. But let me be a bit practical: 1. Its right in Pelourinho, the "historic center of Salvador", so you are steps away from food, art and, of course, history that makes Bahia, Bahia. 2. Because its in Pelourinho, there's no Uber or Lyft BUT the hotel has a network of taxi drivers ..."

Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2021

Casa do Amarelindo
Pousada Solar Dos Deuses
Pousada Solar Dos Deuses
3.5 out of 5
Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, 12, Salvador, BA
The price is AU$130 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
Located in Pelourinho, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador and Mercado Modelo. Porto da Barra Beach is 2.9 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"Very unique property, historic building with a contemporary features in the room. Close to a wonderful restaurant and to historic buildings all around. Beautiful place."

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2021

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Pousada Solar dos Romanos
Pousada Solar dos Romanos
2.5 out of 5
Rua das Portas do Carmo, numero 14, Salvador
The price is AU$44 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
Located in Pelourinho, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Nigeria House and Mercado Modelo. Porto da Barra Beach is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
3.8/5 Good! (6 reviews)
Cheap decent hotel with minimal amenities
"The hotel is in an excellent location. Many attractions are very close and in walking direction. The hotel room itself is quite spartan and does not have much amenities. You might want to bring stuff like tooth paste, toiletries such as soap etc. The wifi is quite bad. On the plus side, it is quite ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2018

Pousada Solar dos Romanos
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