Salvador

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Salvador featuring an administrative building, a square or plaza and outdoor eating

This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Spread over cliffs on Brazil’s central-eastern coastline, Salvador (officially Salvador de Bahía) is a city with a magnificent setting combined with an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Explore a picture-perfect historic center, visit eclectic art galleries, relax at beach suburbs and be part of flamboyant festivals. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was Brazil’s capital for over 200 years. Today, it’s the spiritual home of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture.

Start your visit in the UNESCO-protected Historic Center, which is laden with colorful colonial mansions and African and Amerindian-influenced architecture. At its heart is Pelourinho, a district dominated by 17th- and 18th-century churches. Among these are Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People and São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Admire the Cathedral of Salvador, browse artisan stalls and watch capoeira performers at the architecturally impressive Terreiro de Jesus square. Find over 200 handicraft shops and sample typical Bahía cuisine, such as acarajé (spiced beans deep fried in palm oil), at Mercado Modelo.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice at Salvador’s galleries and museums. Make time for the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Street Art of Salvador. Learn about Brazil’s close ties with African traditions at the Afro-Brazilian Museum.

Miles of beautiful beaches run around the coastline. Much of this is connected by a waterfront promenade. Popular spots include Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach in the neighborhood of Barra, where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Catch a boat to the tropical islands of Ilha de Itaparica and Ilha dos Frades.

Be sure to spend some time in the city’s parks. Parque Costa Azul and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Attend a soccer match or concert at Fonte Nova Stadium.

Reach Salvador by flying to Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Get around Salvador’s Historic Center on foot and use the metro and public buses to access areas outside of here. Consistently mild temperatures make Salvador a year-round destination. Come in early December for the National Samba Day and stay until February or March for the extravagant Salvador Carnival.

Where to stay in Salvador

Rede Andrade Express
Rede Andrade Express
3.5 out of 5
Rua Conde da Castanheira, 269, Amaralina, Salvador, BA, 41900-050
The price is AU$38 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Salvador. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (547 reviews)
Third time was not a charm
"Great location but this was my 3rd time staying here in the last year and was very disappointed. Must have been a change of mgt because the other times was perfect. We changed rooms 2x. Once for leaks and the other the AC stopped working. We always went to eat breakfast at 9am and 3 out of 5 times ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2021

Rede Andrade Express
Wish Hotel da Bahia
Wish Hotel da Bahia
5 out of 5
Avenida Sete de Setembro, 1537, Salvador, Bahia, 40080 - 001
The price is AU$126 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Salvador. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (886 reviews)
"In the heart of the city, right next to 2 de Julho square, strategic location to move around"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2022

Wish Hotel da Bahia
Vila Gale Salvador
Vila Gale Salvador
4.5 out of 5
Rua Morro do Escravo Miguel 320, Ondina, Salvador, BA, 41700 000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$118 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Salvador. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"everything was fine. no problems encountered at all. management and staff seemed very competent"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2021

Vila Gale Salvador
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villaggio Orizzonte
Villaggio Orizzonte
3 out of 5
Rua Romano Galeffi, 328 - Stella Maris, Salvador, BA, 41600-720
The price is AU$64 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Salvador. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
Great location for beach gateaway
"This is a great place. Very comfortable. Water views. Overall a great experience. It was a little further away from central Salvador than we anticipated, so it wasn't absolutely ideal for our needs, but I give the hotel a huge thumbs up on being a quality facility. We really enjoyed the ..."

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2015

Villaggio Orizzonte
Salvador Business Flat
Salvador Business Flat
3.5 out of 5
Rua Alceu Amoroso Lima 440, Caminho das Árvores, Salvador, BA, 41820-770
The price is AU$70 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Salvador. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (226 reviews)
"Elevators are slow and hotel is outdated .........."

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

Salvador Business Flat
Bahia Flat Studio
Bahia Flat Studio
3 out of 5
Av. Oceânica 235, Salvador, BA, 40140-130
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Salvador. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi in their reviews. Popular attractions Mercado ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Bem localizado
"A localização é muito boa. O espaço bem adequado para duas pessoas. Cozinha bem equipada. A única limitação é o box do banheiro que tem um vão na porta de correr incompatível para pessoas obesas. Uma porta sanfonada resolveria o problema. A Tv também só tem o básico dos canais abertos."

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2022

Bahia Flat Studio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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