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.