Salvador in 4 days
Salvador is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Brazil. It brings together countless attractions that appeal to all tastes: beaches, natural beauty, historical places, music, typical cuisine and much more. The Bahia Carnival attracts more than 1 million tourists every year, and is the biggest popular festival in the world. We have prepared this basic 4-day tour in Salvador, bringing together the main sights so that you can get to know this sunny city and also enjoy the long Carnival holiday.
Start with one of Salvador’s most famous sights, Pelourinho, which is a historic site, full of museums, churches, craft shops and historic buildings. When you’re there, don’t miss the Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation, dedicated to this famous writer from Bahia. Just a short walk away is the Church and Convent of São Francisco, which has a beautifully crafted interior decoration in gold that will impress anyone. Then head to the Rio Branco Palace, which was one of the first buildings in Salvador and has an architecture to admire. Near the Palace is the Elevador Lacerda, a very famous place, don’t forget to take a photo there, especially with the backdrop to the Baía de Todos os Santos as it is so beautiful! After descending to the lower city using the Elevador Lacerda, go to the Mercado Modelo, which is a great option for those who want to shop and take souvenirs from Salvador. Finally, closing the first day, how about getting to know the history and culture of the region better, watching the Balé Folclórico da Bahia? It’s really worth it and you will be amazed!
Start early in the morning at the famous Itapuã Beach, which owns a beautiful landscape, with greenish transparent waters, rocks, coconut trees, natural pools of clear sand and a lighthouse. After the beach you can visit the beautiful Lagoa do Abaeté, which is within the environmental preservation area. From there, head to Salvador Shopping, a place with modern architecture, good stores and great restaurants. At the end of the day, head to the bohemian center of Salvador, Praia do Rio Vermelho, a great place, ideal to taste one of the best and most famous acarajés in the city.
Start the day visiting Ilha Itaparica and its idyllic beaches. Then head to Monte Serrat Fort, which is one of the best places to admire the Baía de Todos os Santos. Leaving the Fort, visit the Basilica of Senhor do Bonfim, which is the most traditional church in Salvador. Take the opportunity to go to the Municipal Market of Bonfim, which is very close, there you will find a wide variety of traditional products from the region. Finally, go to the Dique do Tororó, which is one of the most beautiful and famous postcards of Salvador.
Start the day enjoying Farol da Barra Beach with crystal clear water. Close by is the Museu Nautico da Bahia, a recommended place to learn a little more about the history of Bahia. Then head to the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, located in Solar do Unhão, a 16th century historical site. In addition to the interesting collection of art and culture, it offers a beautiful view of the sea over the Baía de Todos os Santos, and is the best place to see the sunset in Salvador. At the end of the day, be sure to visit Praça da Cruz Caída, a historic place, which on Carnival days becomes a stage that hosts performances by samba groups and much more.