Salvador is the capital of Bahia state and is home to a heady mix of colonial buildings, African culture, pulsating musical rhythms and beautiful beaches. The historic quarter is a national monument and it was in this area that the Portuguese built their fortified city and where today stand some of the most important examples of colonial architecture in the Americas. The old quarter is also protected by Unesco. Colonial houses are painted in pastel colours, patios have been created in the open areas behind the houses to create open-air cafes and bars. Many of the bars have live music which spills out onto the street. The city stands on the stunning Bahia de Todos Los Santos, a sparkling bay dotted with 38 islands. The samba was first danced in Bahia. Today you can watch the graceful capoeira, a part dance and part martial art which was once a form of rebellion by the slaves.
Salvador de Bahia & Beaches: 6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Arrive Salvador
Arrive Salvador and transfer to your hotel. Your city tour will start in the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of the bay with its famous lighthouse and will then move on slowly to the old historical section of town. The Pelourinho area hosts the largest and best preserved and complex colonial architecture in the Americas. You will stroll through the narrow bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by. We visit the church of Sao Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador, the new and the old, concentrating on the early expansion of the city. It ends at the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market of local artefacts.
Day 2: Salvador
Today you will take a tour to the lower city starting at the quiet waters of the Itapagipe peninsula where the first holiday residences were built. This area is now a peaceful family district and life moves at a much slower pace than the bustling upper city. Here fisherman work from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners are anchored in the peaceful waters, all overlooked by the famous Bonfim church one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Brazil. We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city. In the evening enjoy a night of folk dancing and a traditional Bahian dinner. The folkloric show features the famous capoeira dance from African slaves, the impressive maculele dance performed with pieces of wood and knives and the rhythms of candomble, the old afro-brazilian dances especially created in Bahia.
Day 3: Praia do Forte
Transfer to Praia do Forte, 50km north of Salvador. You will stay for the next 3 nights at the Praia do Forte Eco Resort.
Day 4 & 5: Praia do Forte
These two days are at leisure for you to enjoy the fantastic facilities and some of the best beaches in Brazil at the Praia do Forte Eco Resort. The resort is located in an environmentally protected area with 12 kms of beach. All rooms feature a veranda facing the sea and are designed using natural fibres and wood. The resort has three restaurants serving international and Bahian cuisine. A range of spa treatments are available at the Thalasso Spa and guests can also enjoy activities such as snorkelling and sailing. The hotel arranges activities which highlight the area’s ecosystems including walks, turtle watching and diving. The resort has 304 rooms with air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, internet access and 24 hour room service. The facilities at the resort include 3 bars, business centre, games room, fitness centre, 8 pools, 4 tennis courts, water sports, spa, sauna, beauty salon, shops and boutiques, laundry, kids’ club and kids’ pool.
Day 6: Depart Praia do Forte/Salvador for your onward journey.
Salvador de Bahia Tours - Overview
Full and half day tours available from Salvador de Bahia. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" box, below.
Historical City Tour
A half day tour to take in the many interesting parts of the city, including Carmo Museum and the “Largo do Pelourinho”...
Panoramic City Tour
A trip to “Senhor do Bonfim” hill and Mont Serrat for wonderful view of El Salvador, as well as the Mercado Modelo handicraft market...
Full Day Schooner with Lunch
Sail out into Todos os Santos Bay in a typical "Saveiro" schooner. Visit Frades Island and Itaparica island...
Tour to Cachoeira Village
A full day excursion into the Brazillian countryside to the small city of Cachoeira. Visit a Cocoa plantation, the city of Santo Amaro, lunch in the Pousada do Carmo, take in the sights of Cachoeira and take the opportunity to visit a Cigar factory in Danemann...
Bahia By Night
A typical Bahia dinner with a folklore show and samba dancing...