"Salvador" Top 5 Page for this destination Salvador da Bahia by martinelli

Salvador da Bahia Travel Guide: 626 reviews and 1,331 photos

"If you like your homeland, don't come to Bahia"

The phrase above is by Dorival Caymmi, one of the most important composers in Brazil, a devoted lover of the beauties of Bahia and Salvador.

Although it may be a polomical topic whether or not Salvador is the most beautiful city in Brazil, its delicious ambience and friendly people will surely make you fall in love with it. The city has the shape of a triangle and two of its sides are bathed by the sea. It is one of the only 6 continental places in the whole world where you can see the sun rise and set from the ocean...


Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, and the traces of its importance are visible in the old town centre. Do not stick only to the touristical spots, though. The best of town is in its daily life - walking on the beach, eating one of the dishes of its exquisit cuisine in a small store by the ocean, watching the sunset from the modern art museum, attending a roda de capoeira away from the set up programs of tourist guides.

Salvador has many nicknames. One of them is Roma Negra ("Black Rome"). Craddle and home of african descendent traditions (including samba, capoeira and candomble), the state of Bahia has percentually more black people than all the african countries except for Nigeria.


In Bahian culture, the holy and the prophane live together, side by side. To syn is to pray and vice-versa. But if you are looking for sexual tourism, drag your butt out of my city and get yourself some professional help. Come as a friend and you will get the best treatment.

Do not mistake sensuality for cheapness and welcoming spirit for servitude. If you do, then you're just going to throw your money through the window...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:... the city embraces you ...
  • Cons:... and doesn't let go! ;)
  • In a nutshell:come at your own risk
  • Last visit to Salvador da Bahia: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Nice page

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Here I thought Cafezinho only refered to the beverage!

  • sasch's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:51 AM

    like your page and all pics on it, have a wonderful time, sasch

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    What a spectacular intro picture! Wow! advance happy birthday...and I also enjoyed your tips. =)

  • Jan 11, 2007 at 4:15 AM

    Great tips and info. I will be staying in Praia do Forte next soon. Do you recomend anywhere romantic to take my girlfriend for a night away - not too far from Praia do Forte?

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2006 at 9:18 AM

    interesting! and great food tips (esp on the street food). someone just suggested that I check out N. Brazil for Next Big Trip...and, it DOES look great. Thx for these pages!

  • luca76's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2006 at 12:07 PM

    ciao Marina!! very very good and helpful page!!! i'm going to salvador next august , i look forward...!!! ciao!!! Luca

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 5:16 AM

    how much are the different hotels?

  • Claudilla's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 10:00 AM

    I found your wonderful travel pages again !! Que lindas.. Ciao !!

  • hevbell's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2006 at 7:57 AM

    lovely page, looks a fantastic city :)



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