Salvador tourist information will tell you that it is considered the birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture, and when the streets are raging with revellers at the yearly carnival you can see why! Famous for its capoeira, samba-reggae music and golden churches like the famous Igresa NS do Bonfim, you can see why Salvador is considered one of the most outgoing cities in the world. There are many good restaurants in Salvador near the Pelhourino, including buffets offered by local cooking schools. It’s also in the markets of the old town that you will some find some of the tastiest street food in the world, especially around Carnival time.
The first stop for many in Salvador will be the Pelhourino, part of the city’s old Portuguese centre. With its array of brightly painted buildings, this square showcases how well-preserved its buildings are. Once you’re in the old town, a visit to the Igreja e Convento São Francisco is a must. This baroque church is one of the most impressive of its kind in Brazil, with fascinating gilt woodwork throughout. The Museum of Afro-Brazilian culture makes for a very interesting day out, as there is a good exhibition on the African roots of Brazilian Candomblé, a religion still widely practiced in Salvador. One of the things to do in Salvador that shouldn’t be missed is a visit to the beautiful Porto da Barra beach! If you want to get away from Salvador’s busy town centre, the state-protected Abaeté Park is just ten miles out of town. It is famous for its lagoon, which has dark black waters and gleaming white sand. The Carnival, traditionally held before Lent usually takes place in late February, and has been officially named as the largest party in the world. The six days of Carnival are a great time to visit if you really want to experience Afro-Brazilian culture and enjoy the samba rhythms and vibrant costumes late into the night!
You can fly into Salvador’s Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Once you’re at the airport you will need to take a bus or taxi to Salvador’s centre, which is a 28km journey. Once you’re in Salvador transport can take some time to master. However, the old city centre is easily explored this way and safe. There are buses across town that are frequent if a little confusing, and efficient taxis, but be prepared to haggle for these!
The Golden Tulip Salvador hotel is strategically located in Morro do Conselho area, near the traditional tourist points and business area. Our 4-star hotel combines an excellent location with a complex of special services for its guests.