Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, a place renowned for its natural beauty, friendliness of its people, and the strong influence of African culture.
The moves associated with Capoeira, a cultural expression that combines fighting and dancing, the smells and flavors of the local cuisine, the melting pot of different religions, cultural diversity, and natural beauty, all of it combined defines the local population: friendly people that really know the true meaning of enjoying life. The city also hosts one of the country’s most famous carnival celebrations.
Capoeira, a cultural expression that combines fighting and dancing
The Historic Center of Salvador is a place where visitors will find streets and architectural monuments that date back to Colonial Brazil, the Empire, and the First Republic. Containing the neighborhoods of Sé, Pilar, and Pelourinho (added to Unesco’s World Cultural Heritage List), the region is culturally rich and the home to historic monuments from the period between the 17th and 19th centuries, making it a very popular destination with tourists looking for museums, theaters, churches, musical performances, local cuisine, and handicrafts.
There are more than 300 churches in Salvador. One of them is São Francisco Church and Convent. Classified as one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World and on the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage List, the place displays 18th-century tiles that tell the story of Saint Francis of Assisi’s birth. The tiles are decorated with sculpted wooden pieces coated with gold powder. Another important attraction is the Basilica of Senhor do Bonfim, patron of Bahia and the symbol of the state’s religious diversity.
In Salvador, Catholicism coexists in harmony with African religions, bringing together Iemanja and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Iansã and Saint Barbara, Our Lord of Bonfim and Oxala. African culture is also present in music, dance, and local cuisine, which is rich and diverse. While in town, make sure you try the typical local dishes: acarajé, (a type of fritter made with black-eyed peas), caruru (made with okra, onions, shrimp, palm oil, and toasted nuts), and vatapá (a creamy dish made with shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts, and palm oil). They can be bought straight from the baianas (Afro-Brazilian women who, since colonial times, have sold food on the streets of Salvador).
Salvador is the best gateway for those who intend to visit the Coconut Coast (Costa dos Coqueiros), the Palm Oil Coast (Costa do Dendê), and Chapada Diamantina National Park. You will find wonderful places in Bahia where nature is beautifully preserved. The state also has a variety of charming resorts and lodges that boast perfect infrastructure to host tourists.
+55 (71) 3204-1010
The International Airport of Salvador receives domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals, as well as international flights.
+55 (71) 3616-8357 | +55 (71) 3616-8358
The Salvador Bus Terminal is located in the central area of the city and operates local and interstate bus routes.
By Boat | Ferry
+55 (71) 3320-1299
The Port of Salvador receives cruises from several countries around the world. Please check with the operating companies.
The Subway in Salvador currently has two lines and operates on a daily basis from 5 A.M. to midnight, including weekends and holidays.
Customer Service: 0800 071 8020
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Salvador.
Bahia Tourist Hotline:
+55 (71) 3103-3103
Tourist Information Center – Pelourinho:
+55 (71) 3321-2133
Tourist Information Center – Airport:
+55 (71) 3204-1444
Tourist Information Center – Bus Terminal:
+55 (71) 3450-3871
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
Salvador has tropical weather, with regular rainfall throughout the year and no specific dry season. The average temperature is around 25°C. Despite the high temperatures, the breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean makes it all better even on the hottest days.