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Known as the land of happiness and pleasure, Salvador is like nowhere else. It doesn't matter if you don't know anyone here, the Soteropolitanos (people born in Salvador) will make you feel at home. They will teach you (or try to!) how to dance their crazy and sexy choreographies, show you every spot they know, and feel disappointed if you don't accept an invitation to stay a few days in their homes! With beautiful beaches, great food, and a bunch of cultural events, Salvador has the most valuable heritage of all: its people.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Farol da Barra Beach

Beaches

Elevator Lacerda

Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues

Pelourinho

Neighbourhoods

Sorveteria da Ribeira

Restaurants

Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church

Churches & Cathedrals

Recanto da Lua Cheia

Restaurants

Day 2

Forte Beach

Beaches

Dique de Tororo

Parks

Acaraje da Olga - Extra Paralela

Restaurants

MAM Museu de Arte Moderna

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Day 3

Praia do Rio Vermelho

Beaches

Donana

Restaurants

Mercado Modelo

Flea & Street Markets

Boteco do Piri

Restaurants

Coco Bambu Bahia

Restaurants

RentaLocalFriend's City Tips

  • English speakers are very hard to find. Try out your Portuguese (or Spanish at a push) and a lot of gestures and you will be just fine!
  • Taking a cab is better than renting a car. There are very few parking lots in the city and parking is expensive.
  • If you like to party, don´t miss the incredible atmosphere at New Years or (of course!) Carnival — a once in a lifetime experience!
    Day 1
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    Farol da Barra Beach
    Beaches
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Don't miss one of the most iconic attractions in Salvador. Inside the lighthouse is the Bahia Maritime Museum, well worth a visit, and if you have time, walk around 20 minutes further to Morro do Cristo — the view there is even more beautiful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After visiting the museum, enjoy the view along the coast and refresh yourself with a cold coconut water.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too crowded and smelled of urine 05/01/2018
    • Great beach to be 18/12/2017
    • Farol da Barra Beach
    Address:
    Avenida Oceania
    Barra
    Salvador, State of Bahia
    Brazil
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    Elevator Lacerda
    Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Take the Lacerda Elevator up to explore Pelourinho. Standing 72 meters high, Lacerda was built in 1873 to improve the connection between the Upper City and the Lower City, which was formerly made by trekking through the hills on horse and cart.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a photo from the Upper City, where you can see the elevator, Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay), Mercado Modelo, and Forte de São Marcelo (closed to public).
    • Avoid peak-times, when the queues can be very long.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    • Something to do 12/01/2018
    • 0,15R $ to go down 12/01/2018
    • Elevator Lacerda
    Address:
    Praca Visconde de Cayru
    Centro
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40015-170
    Brazil
    Other:
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    Pelourinho
    Neighbourhoods
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Classified as a Cultural World Heritage Center by UNESCO, Pelourinho is probably the most famous neighborhood in Salvador. The historical center of the city, it is a vibrant place, where delicious restaurants, artisanal products, baroque architecture, religion, cultural centers, and the renowned percussion of Olodum feature alongside one another in a singular extraordinary setting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you have time, spend all morning or afternoon in "Pelô" (its local name) as there are so many places to explore. Take at least one hour to explore its various gift shops alone!
    • On Tuesdays, musicians and bands take to the stage in Pelo, including the famous Olodum, whose popular Carnival rehearsal attracts thousands of people to the streets and squares of Pelourinho.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get lost and wander around this beautiful area 12/01/2018
    • So many colors! 11/01/2018
    • Pelourinho
    Other:
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    Sorveteria da Ribeira
    Restaurants (Brazilian)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    This is a mandatory stop before a visit to Bonfim Church: the oldest ice cream shop in Salvador (opened in 1931). More than 60 delicious Brazilian flavors are on offer here - try a tropical flavor like caju, manguaba, or graviola.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Two flavors (mango and tapioca) in a cone is the specialty here.
    • Enjoy your ice cream outside, on the other side of the street, in front of the sea, surrounded by boats and birds.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 3,733 restaurants in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pff avoid 22/12/2017
    • Not Restaurante - ICe Cream with Regional Flavors 05/12/2017
    • Sorveteria da Ribeira
    Address:
    Praca General Osorio 87
    Ribeira
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40420-260
    Brazil
    Phone:
    71 3316-5451
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 - 22:00
    Wed - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    If you'd like to pray, to thank, to beg, to forgive, or to celebrate, then you belong here: The church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim is the main setting of one of the most popular religious celebrations of Salvador. Built in the 18th century, Bonfim features the valuable work of local artists, and you can't help but be awestruck by its power and energy.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy the colored-material wristbands on sale here, and make three wishes as you tie them around your wrist three times (one tie for each wish). Don't take them off purposefully: locals believe that when they fall off spontaneously, your wishes will come true.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not our first time there 14/01/2018
    • Beautiful 27/12/2017
    • Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church
    Address:
    Travessa Senhor do Bonfim s/n
    Igreja Do Sr. Do Bonfim
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40483-390
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (71) 3316-2196
    Hours:
    Sun
    05:30 - 18:00
    Mon
    08:00 - 18:00
    Tue - Thu
    06:30 - 18:00
    Fri
    05:30 - 18:00
    Sat
    06:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Recanto da Lua Cheia
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Now it's time to rest, enjoy local food, and guess what? Discover a great view! Located near Bonfim Church, this restaurant lies in Pedra Furada, a simple and quiet neighborhood known for its variety of eateries. Recanto da Lua Cheia offers a great view, cold beer, nice food, live acoustic music, and an amazing sunset. To start, choose the fish appetizer (bolinho de peixe) and casquinha de siri; and follow this with 'Bobó de camarão' (typical shrimp stew), the perfect plate to share.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Call the restaurant to make a reservation as sometimes the waiting list is huge. (Another option is go here before visiting Bonfim Church to make a booking in person.)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 3,733 restaurants in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice view, poor service 20/01/2016
    • Smelly 30/11/2015
    • Recanto da Lua Cheia
    Address:
    Rua Rio Negro, 2, Antiga Pedra Furada
    Salvador, State of Bahia
    Brazil
    Phone:
    7133151275
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:30
    Wed - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Forte Beach
    Beaches
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Take one day to visit Praia do Forte, an old fisherman's village only 55km from Salvador. The best option is to rent a car and spend all day in this beautiful destination, defined by its biodiversity and natural beauty. Cars cannot enter the village center, which is full of charming restaurants, shops, and a beach with calm and warm water.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • At the end of the day, have a cold beer and the best fish appetizer (bolinho de peixe) ever at Bar do Souza.
    • Don't miss a visit to the Tamar Project, an attraction with a Turtle Museum — Praia do Forte is the main region for eggs laid by sea turtles in Brazil — aquariums, tanks, restaurant, and store, located near the lighthouse.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Praia do Forte
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beach and Lunch right on the water 01/12/2017
    • Nice place to visit day or night. 07/11/2017
    • Forte Beach
    Price range:
    USD 9 - USD 9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:00
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    Dique de Tororo
    Parks
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    If you're staying in the city for the day, head to Dique do Tororo, one of the most beautiful and famous postcard landscapes of Salvador. Built by the Dutch in the 18th century, it features a lake of around 110,000 square meters, which has been subjected to successive makeovers. In 1998, the attraction received new sport and leisure equipment, an amphitheater, community centers, and restaurants, as well as twelve sculptures of the 'Orixás' (African deities).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Rent a bike to ride around the area.
    • If you are a football (soccer) fan, don't miss a match at Fonte Nova Stadium and enjoy Brazil´s favorite sport.
    • It's the perfect spot to take children.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for a walk around 25/08/2016
    • Awesome lake 17/05/2016
    • Dique de Tororo
    Other:
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    Acaraje da Olga - Extra Paralela
    Restaurants (Brazilian, South American)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Acaraje is a gastronomic specialty of African-Brazilian cuisine. It's made with​​ black-eyed peas, onion, and salt; fried in palm oil; and is typically served with pepper, dried shrimp, vatapd, and pigweed (all of which are also authentic African/Bahian dishes). This is the locals' favorite spot for this popular local snack; it's known to always be freshly cooked, and the original recipe has been in Olga's family for three generations already!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you have a fragile stomach, you can ask for a lighter version, without shrimp or pepper.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #281 of 3,733 restaurants in Salvador
    • Sabor impecável 10/12/2017
    • Acarajé da Olga. - O melhor de Salvador 27/09/2017
    Address:
    Av Luiz Viana Filho, 3056 Imbui
    Salvador, State of Bahia
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 71 3015-7996
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    MAM Museu de Arte Moderna
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    This museum is located in a beautiful 17th century colonial complex, which lies along the Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay). You will find a haute cuisine restaurant, Sculpture Park, and small beach within the grounds. Grab a drink and a crepe at the café and go outside to see where the magic happens — it's the perfect place to watch the most amazing sunset in the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try to go on Saturday, when there are outdoor jazz jam sessions — a must see!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under construction 16/01/2018
    • Museum of Modern Art (MAM) 13/09/2017
    • MAM Museu de Arte Moderna
    Address:
    Avenida do Contorno
    Solar do Unhão
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40060-060
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 71 3117 6139
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    13:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Praia do Rio Vermelho
    Beaches
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Probably the coolest neighborhood in Salvador, Rio Vermelho brings all kinds of people together. Here you can find bars, pubs, fancy and not so fancy restaurants, food trucks, street markets, and more! Rio Vermelho is also a great place to stay, with a variety of good hotels, hostels, and apartments to choose from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you'd like to experience the city as a true “Soteropolitano,” the best option is “Boteco do França:” a cool bar with tables on the sidewalk, cold beer, and a nice, young atmosphere.
    • In February, the streets of Rio Vermelho fill up to celebrate the day of Yemanjá, queen of the sea.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    • Rio Vermelho Beach 20/11/2015
    • Praia do Rio Vermelho 06/12/2014
    • Praia do Rio Vermelho
    Address:
    Rua Rio Vermelho
    Salvador, State of Bahia 41336-425
    Brazil
    Other:
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    Donana
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Seafood, South American)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Donana is quite a secret 'Soteropolitano' (people born in Salvador) gem. Founded in 1988, the restaurant maintains its original family style, in a good way — and after 21 years of success, the owner Ana Raimunda still runs the kitchen and the business with her daughters. The result is a simple environment, friendly service, delicious food, and great atmosphere. It's difficult to order just one plate here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you don't want to wait, make a reservation.
    • Choose between local specialties “Camarão a Joel” and “Muqueca de Camarão,” considered to be the best in Salvador.
    • The first branch opened in Brotas, and there is now one more restaurant in Vilas do Atlântico, Lauro de Freitas (in the metropolitan region of Salvador).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 3,733 restaurants in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If your focus is on eating the best Bahian food, this is the place 15/12/2017
    • Excellent food, simple setting 13/08/2016
    • Donana
    Address:
    Av. Teixeira Barros, s/n - Centro Comercial do Conjunto dos Comerciarios
    Brotas
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-155
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (71) 3351-8216
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 17:00
    Tue
    11:30 - 16:00
    Wed
    11:30 - 17:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Mercado Modelo
    Flea & Street Markets
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Tourists go crazy for the biggest market in the city, built in 1861, where you can find antiques, arts and crafts, and local food and drink. At the end of the day, choose a table on the balcony of the restaurant on the second floor and enjoy the amazing sunset in Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not buy without negotiating first. Getting a deal makes the experience more fun and exciting!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 262 things to do in Salvador
    • Hell of a touristy market 12/01/2018
    • Good for souvenirs and gifts 05/01/2018
    • Mercado Modelo
    Address:
    Praca Visconde de Cayru 250
    Comércio
    Salvador, State of Bahia 40015-975
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 71 32410242
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 14:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Boteco do Piri
    Restaurants (Bar, Seafood)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    Tasty food at a reasonable price is the core business here. The chef worked in a few of the best restaurants in the city, before opening his own to serve 'great quality for a great price.' If you want to eat where the locals do, here is the perfect local gem for an authentic gastronomic experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Family
    Tips
    • Corned beef is the specialty here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • The best seafood ever - Melhor em Salvador 26/11/2015
    • Boteco do Piri 30/06/2015
    • Boteco do Piri
    Address:
    Rua Alto da Alegria 200
    Salvador, State of Bahia 41899-520
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 71 8781-0095
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Coco Bambu Bahia
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Seafood, South American)
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    RentaLocalFriend Says:

    The building is made of bamboo and there are plenty of plants dotted around, which gives this expansive restaurant a tropical atmosphere. With many tables, you can have a peaceful foodie experience here without having to book a table or wait in line. The menu is also vast, with major Brazilian classics alongside an international wine list.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Seafood is the specialty here, and all dishes are big enough to share.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 3,733 restaurants in Salvador
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 12/01/2018
    • Weird combination 09/01/2018
    • Coco Bambu Bahia
    Address:
    Avenida Professor Magalhaes Neto 1273
    Lot Aquarius, Pituba
    Salvador, State of Bahia 41810-011
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 71 3359-9000
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 00:00
    Mon - Wed
    17:30 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 15:00
    Thu
    17:30 - 01:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 01:00
    Other:
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