A rhythmic reminder of Brazil’s rich African heritage, the beat of bongo drums fills the narrow cobbled streets of Salvador’s historic Old Town. The heady mix of Brazilian and African culture here blends in a rich and frenetic splash of colour and music; best experienced during the buoyant annual festivities of Salvador Carnival. From the carnival to the cuisine, Salvador is a fascinating look into the intoxicating Afro-Brazilian fusion.
Beautiful architecture and irresistible energy
Salvador holidays are best spent ambling the picturesque city streets. Explore the pastel-coloured houses, charming colonial architecture, fascinating museums and beautiful baroque churches. When you’re done wandering, pause at one of the many local restaurants and bars, sampling traditional Bahain specialities and basking in the music that floats through the streets, night and day.
The unsung party capital of Brazil, Salvador lights up at night. To really get a sense of the vibrant atmosphere of this city, join the local revellers on their nightly street festivities. Watch the dazzling moves of the capoeira circles in the cobbled plazas, and move your feet through the samba, arrocha and forró dances. Wild festivals happen frequently, and there’s always cause for celebration on a Salvador holiday.
Aside from the myriad charms of the town, Salvador boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in Brazil, with palm-fringed, white-sand stretches hugging the entire coast. From surfing by the rolling dunes of Flamengo Beach, to stretching out on famous Porto da Barra beach, and finding tranquillity in the lapping waves of Guarajuba Beach, a holiday in Salvador fulfils all paradisal dreams.
If you’d like to organise a multi centre South American holiday that includes a stay in Salvador, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists. Bespoke holidays are what we do best and we’d love to help you create an unforgettable adventure.
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Pair your Salvador holiday with adventures in the rest of Brazil. Below are a selection of our tailor made itineraries - get in touch with a Destination Specialist to craft yours.
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“Close to the old town is an amazing music venue called Galpão Cheio de Assunto, a brainchild of percussionist Peu Meurray. If you want to combine great vibes with music and a spectacular setting, the Saturday afternoon session at Solar do Unhão is the place. A former old sugar mill, this is a complex of colonial buildings, including a modern art museum overlooking the bay.”
“Whilst in Salvador, try your hand at traditional Afro-Brazilian drumming, or the art of capoeira (dance, acrobatics and music combined). There are many lessons you can take part in and this is a great way to experience true Afro-Brazilian culture.”
Events & Festivals
Music is a big part of Brazil, and Salvador is no exception. Come in February to join the wild celebrations of Salvador Carnival, but if you can’t, no fear, street parties happen almost every week.
The music fueling Salvador Carnival is not the samba of Rio Carnaval but a heady fusion of African and Brazilian pop. An equally impressive festival, huge street parties take place all week from 28 February to 6 March. Listen out for the beat of the bongo drums, and don’t be surprised to find your hips shaking involuntarily.
Salvador is the perfect place to sample rich Bahain specialities and explore the unique Afro-Brazilian food fusion. Wander away from tourist spots to find beautiful local restaurants and bars.
Salvador’s signature coconut dish, and world-famous, Moqueca is a thick, rich, slow-cooked seafood stew made with fresh coconut milk, fish or shrimp, spices, ginger, garlic, malagueta peppers and dendê oil. Best served in the Bahia region, make sure you try this in a local restaurant in Salvador.
A traditional street food snack, perfect for a little something between meals. Acarajé is a simple dish of mashed beans, ground with shrimp and then shaped into balls which are deep fried.
A tantalising sweet treat, Cocadas are found throughout Brazil but have long been a speciality of Salvador. Shredded coconut, eggs and condensed milk are combined to create this delicious snack.
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