Vital Facts and Numbers
Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL, R$)
Dialling Code: +55
Emergency Number: 193 (Fire), 190 (Police), 192 (Ambulance)
Where To Stay
Casa do Amarelindo
This renovated 19th century colonial mansion is nestled in the historic, cobblestoned streets of Pelourinho. It offers ten spacious rooms, many with views across the vast, sparkling Bay of All Saints. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a rooftop bar and a garden restaurant, which serves Bahian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Address: Rua das Portas do Carmo, 6 – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-290, Brazil
Telephone: +55 71 3266-8550
Zank by Toque Hotel
This upscale boutique hotel offers 20 stylish rooms decorated with modern, colonial and baroque influences. Located in the funky beachside suburb of Rio Vermelho, this trendy locale has an outdoor swimming pool facing the sea, as well as a spa offering facial and body treatments.
Address: Rua Alm. Barroso, 161 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41950-350, Brazil
Telephone: +55 71 3083-4000
Fera Palace Hotel
Tucked away in the grungy streets of Centro is this chic hotel which has just undergone a full restoration, transforming this iconic 1930s building into one of the city’s finest places to stay. Rooms offer timber floors and art deco fixtures, and some have views across the bay. The hotel’s exterior resembles New York’s Flatiron Building and has rooftop poolside bar as well as a stylish restaurant dishing up contemporary cuisine. The hotel is re-opening in February 2017, just in time for Carnival.
Address: Rua da Ajuda, 18 – Centro, Salvador – BA, 40020-030, Brazil
Telephone: +55 (71) 3266-0487
Where To Eat
Sorriso da Dadá
This charming restaurant is a must for all visitors to Salvador, thanks to the superb Bahian cuisine whipped up by Afro-Brazilian chef Dadá, one of Bahia’s most famous chefs. The brightly coloured walls of her buzzing eatery display photos of famous faces who have eaten here, including Hillary Clinton and iconic Brazilian musicians Gilberto Gil and Jorge Amado. Try the moqueca, a rich fish stew.
Address: Rua Frei Vicente, 5 – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40025-540, Brazil
Telephone: +55 71 3321-9642
Fogo do Chão
No trip to Brazil is complete without visiting a rodizio – a traditional barbecue restaurant. This upscale locale has timber floors and high ceilings, and dishes up an array of grilled meats, as well as a wide selection of salads and sides.
Address: R. João Gomes, 321 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41950-640, Brazil
Telephone: +55 71 3555-9292
This elegant, contemporary restaurant serves inventive Brazilian and international dishes and offers striking views across the Bay of All Saints.
Address: Av. Lafayete Coutinho, 660 – Comercio, Salvador – BA, 40015-160, Brazil
Telephone: +55 71 3322-3520
What To Do
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Bonfim
This iconic 18th century church is widely known for its supposed powers to miraculously cure believers’ illnesses. Colourful ribbons flutter in the breeze on the front fence as a testament to hopeful visitors’ prayers. Visit the haunting room of miracles, filled with photos and plaster casts of body parts which people claim have been cured here.
Address: Largo do Bonfim, s/n – Bonfim, Salvador – BA, 40415-475, Brazil
Bahia Surf Camp
Learn to surf and practise yoga with Beto Dias and his team. They’ll come and pick you up and whisk you out to their property in Busca-Vida, just 10kms from Salvador Airport. Soak up the sun and learn new skills on deserted, virgin beaches.
Address: Condomínio Dunas de Busca Vida, Rua Coco Verde, 1 – Camaçari – BA, Brazil
Phone: +55 71 99131-8331
With The Family
Ilha dos Frades (Island of Brothers)
Take a boat tour across the bay and visit this secluded, laid-back island with white sandy beaches, plus rustic bars and eateries offering live music.
Parque Zoobotânico Getúlio Vargas
Get up close to 158 species of animals, including tapirs, alligators, snakes and turtles, in this urban zoo set among more than 60 acres of vegetation.
Address: Rua Alto de Ondina, s/n – Ondina, Salvador – BA, 40170-110, Brazil
Phone: +55 71 3116-7954
Salvador was Brazil’s first capital city, a major port for Brazil’s sugarcane, tobacco and slave trade during the Portuguese colonial period. These days, Salvador relies heavily on tourism, but the port continues to play a leading role in the city’s economy and the Northeast region as a whole.
In 2008, Salvador’s GDP was R$29,668,000,000, which accounts for about a quarter of the GDP for the entire state of Bahia.
With 2.9 million residents, Salvador is the most populated city in Brazil’s northeast and the third largest in the entire country. Salvador provides commercial services for a large swathe of the country, and soybeans, cocoa, sisal and petrochemical products are among the city’s exports. Local industries include cigar manufacturing, gas and oil extraction and fishing.
Odebrecht Group, Latin America’s largest construction and petrochemicals conglomerate, have their world headquarters in Salvador.
Bahiatursa Tourist Information Office
Address: Rua das Laranjeiras, 02 – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-230, Brazil
Opening Hours: Open daily 8.30am – 9pm
Phone: +55 71 3321-2133
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