Brazil’s third largest city, Salvador is found on the northeast coast of Brazil. The first colonial capital of Brazil, Salvador was originally known as Bahia, the name now used for the state of which it is capital.

The city and its inhabitants are known for being easy-going and fun-loving – even by Brazilian standards! The historic centre of Salvador, known as the Pelourinho, is rich in Portuguese colonial architecture, with historical monuments dating from the 17th to 19th Centuries. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, it is an unforgettable place to visit. The city sits on the largest bay in Brazil – All Saints Bay. Covering an area of over 1,000 square kilometres, the coastline attracts holiday makers from Brazil and around the world. The bay was named on All Saints Day, 1 November 1501, by Italian sailor Amerigo Vespucci.

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  • Take a tour around the Pelourinho, Salvador’s old town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the cobbled streets, pastel-painted buildings, beautiful churches, restaurants and shops.
  • Enjoy stunning views from Forte de Santo Antonio de Barra as you watch the sun set over the ocean.
  • Visit the 17th Century Cathedral Basilica of Salvador on the Terreiro de Jesus Square. Glittering with gold inside, it hosts frequent concerts and events, along with church services.


A flavour of Salvador


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