Salvador travel guide

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You're Going to Love Salvador

The historic capital of colonial Brazil, Salvador is the center of the Afro-Brazilian world. Filled with 18th-century architecture and pulsating with dance and music, it's a city that is easy to dive into but hard to escape.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Salvador

1. The Beauty of the Pelourinho

Dating back to 1594, the Pelourinho is famed for its pastel colors and outdoor musical concerts. When you visit, it's easy to see why Pelourinho has also been a magnet for music video producers, hosting shoots by Michael Jackson and Paul Simon.

2. Gorgeous Beaches Nearby

The coast of Bahia is home to some of the finest beaches in Brazil, including Arembepe (20 miles to the north), which was home to a famous 1960s counter-cultural community.

3. Superb Cultural Attractions

Head to the Museum of Modern Art (which also hosts live jazz on Saturdays), the Afro-Brazilian Museum, and a great museum dedicated to Jorge Amado, the country's greatest novelist.

4. Gorgeous Sunset Views

Not many cities can match Salvador's sunset vistas. Take the historic Elevador Lacerda to the upper city, and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun dips below the Baía de Todos os Santos.

5. Live Music Every Night

Music is a huge part of Salvador's life, and there are plenty of places to catch live shows, from bistros like Casa de Mãe Iemanja to the far larger Bahia Café Hall.

Where to Eat in Salvador

Food is a huge attraction in Salvador. Restaurante do SENAC is a great place to find Bahian specialties while Cafélier offers fine views. Expect to pay around R$20 for a good meal, but much less for street food.

When to visit Salvador

Salvador in May
Estimated hotel price
£21
1 night at 3-star hotel
Salvador in May
Estimated hotel price
£21
1 night at 3-star hotel

June is the time to visit if you want to experience Salvador's major festivals. Aside from that, most tourists tend to avoid the summer heat. October and November are excellent times to visit for fine weather.

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How to Get to Salvador

Plane

Salvador International Airport (SSA) has connections to Miami via American Airlines, and is around 20 miles outside town. Expect to pay around R$20 for a taxi, or catch minibuses (R$4) or city buses (R$3) to save some money.

Car

The best route into town by car from the airport is via the Av Luís Viana (along the coast). You can also drive to Salvador from Recife (on Highway 101) or from Rio (Highway 116).

Bus

Buses run into Salvador from all over Brazil, with taxi ranks just outside the main bus station.

Airlines serving Salvador

Lufthansa
Good (1,072 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,780 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (764 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,559 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (301 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (849 reviews)
Iberia
Good (547 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (471 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (582 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (331 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (560 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (92 reviews)
Avianca
Good (643 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (773 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (123 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (395 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Good (249 reviews)
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Where to stay in Salvador

Central Salvador is the place to stay, where leading luxury options include Aram Yami Hotel, the Hotel Baia do Sol, and Bahia Cafe Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Salvador

Pelourinho - dating back to 1594, the Pelourinho is colorful, historic, and the highlight of any trip to Salvador.

Graca - on the tip of the peninsular, Graca has some excellent city beaches, luxury hotels, and great connections to the historic center.

Ondina - a relaxed beachfront neighborhood in the south of the city and a very popular place for tourists to stay.

Where to stay in popular areas of Salvador

Most booked hotels in Salvador

Conect Smart Salvador by Accor
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£30+
Catussaba Suites
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£54+
Canaville Design Hotel
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
£119+
Sotero Hotel
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
£73+
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How to Get Around Salvador

Public Transportation

Basic fares on Salvador's city buses are R$3 and the network provides excellent coverage of the city center.

Taxi

Expect fast service and low rates from Salvador's taxis. Prices should be around R$3.50 per mile, with a meter drop of R$5.

Car

Car rental options include Hertz and Avis, and rates begin at around R$60.

The Cost of Living in Salvador

Shopping Streets

The Old Town is a great place to hunt for craft products and artworks, while malls like Shopping da Bahia and Salvador Shopping have a huge array of international and domestic brands on offer.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include Walmart Brasil and Supermercado Bompreço. Expect to pay around R$11 for a gallon of milk.

Cheap meal
£4.07
A pair of jeans
£51.79
Single public transport ticket
£0.82
Cappuccino
£1.40