Salvador Travel Guide & Information

Salvador de Bahia or simply, Salvador is a city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. The city of Salvador is notable for its cuisine, music and architecture. The Salvador coastline is one of the longest of all of the cities in Brazil. The capital's beaches range from calm inlets, ideal for swimming, sailing, diving and underwater fishing, as well as open sea inlets with strong waves, which are a surfer’s paradise.

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Travel to Salvador, a city known for its exciting musical scene and popular Carnival celebrations. Flights to Salvador are your tickets to Brazil's most exciting city. The fusion of African and Latin cultures has given Salvador a unique brand of magic that is particularly evident at city's many festivals. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its architecture, Salvador Bahia is one of Brazil's richest cities.

Salvador is popularly known as Brazil's "Capital of Happiness", due to its easygoing population and countless outdoor parties, including its street carnival. Salvador is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The beauty of the land and a series of unique features make it a primary destination for international tourism.


Things to do in Salvador


The City of Salvador is home to several museums offering variety of topics about Salvador’s history.

Museu de Arte Sacra: The small, but splendid museum displays one of Brazil's best collections of Catholic art. Artifacts are shown in the former Convent of Saint Teresa of Avila, a simple, beautiful building that is considered artwork itself. The collection includes oil paintings, oratorios, metalwork and lots of wooden statues of saints.

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Museu de Arte da Bahia: Museu de Arte da Bahia is home to paintings, Chinese porcelain, and furniture, as well as sacra images from the 17th and 18th centuries. It has a collection of invaluable artistic and historical treasures that date back to the 17th century. The Art Museum of Bahia is the oldest museum in the state - created in 1918 and one of the first in Brazil.

Afro-Brazilian Museum: The Museum comprises the origins of Salvador’s culture. The museum displays include artifacts representing day-to-day existence, technological growth, thought and artistic creations, as well as the traditions preserved by Salvadorians. Among these, are sculptured works, masks, clothing materials, pottery, adornments, musical instruments, traditional games and thematic carpets, to name a few.

Prominent Attractions:

Besides museums, there are several others attractions that reflect the city’s claim as a premier tourist destination.

Cathedral Basilica of Salvador: Is the seat of the Archbishop. The chapels of the cathedral offers an interesting showcase of altarpiece art from the late 16th century through the mid-18th century, all decorated with sculptures and paintings. The facade is made in light Lioz stone brought from Portugal and flanked by two short bell towers.

Mercado Modelo: One of the major places of interest in the lower town is the Mercado Modelo, where local craft products, Afro-Brazilian cult objects and many other local items can be purchased. This market is situated in the old Custom House on Praca Visconde de Cairu and was rebuilt in 1984 after a fire. The Mercado Modelo is a great place to buy souvenirs.

Salvador Summer Festival: Is held in the Brazilian summer, the Salvador Summer Festival provides a 5-day festival offering a sample of Brazilian Music from MPB, Pop, Reggae, Pagode, Axe, Rock, Techno and more. In addition to the music shows, the festival grounds has other attractions, a small mixed fair, an electronic music area, a food court and an adventure sports area.


Where to Stay in Salvador:

Visitors have a wide choice, from cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99 to basic accommodation with good service, while choosing for an accommodation in Salvador.

Historic Center: Is a historic neighborhood located in the western zone of Salvador. The Historic Center of Salvador da Bahia, frequently called the Pelourinho, is extremely rich in historical monuments dating back to the 17th century through the 19th century. You’ll find lots of bars, restaurants, boutiques, museums, theaters, churches and other monuments of great historical value all located in the Pelourinho area. Visitors will find copious types of hotels in the Historic Center to choose from.

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Barra: Barra has some of the finest beaches in Salvador and is ideally situated for visiting the Pelourinho. There are lots of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance. Public transportation is very good, with buses to every part of the city and taxis on every corner. Barra is one of the two main Carnaval routes in the city, and the pousada is just around the corner from the Farol da Barra, which is the center of the Carnaval activities.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Salvador, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose.

* There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.

* All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid.

* Visit the web site of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for all Canadians, including children, intending to visit Brazil.

* It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* In addition, all Canadians are required to have a valid visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Salvador .

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Salvador

With festivities and attractions all round the year, Salvador is a joy for anyone visiting. However, if you are looking for the best weather during your visit, then the summer months of October through March are the best times to travel.

The period during the Carnaval welcomes scores of visitors and if you wish to visit during this time, be sure to book your flights and hotel in advance.

Budget travelers might want to visit during April through June. Though it’s a bit rainier, travelers will find cheaper hotels and airfares.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (October to March)

Low season: (April to June)

Salvador Weather

Salvador has a tropical type of climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Temperatures change with altitude.

* Temperatures change more with altitude than with the season. The Pacific lowlands are the hottest region.

* The central plateau and mountain areas experience a moderate climate.

Currency and Language:


ATMs are available throughout Salvador. Be sure to let your bank know when you’ll be traveling and ask them what the cost will be for cash withdraws at local ATMs


* Portuguese is the official language.

* English and Spanish are spoken fluently.