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Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador and Bahia

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Bahia is northwest Brazil's largest state and reveals the country's African soul - in its music, spicy cuisine and candomblé religious rituals. It was here that samba, capoeira and Carnaval originated and there are few better places in Brazil to experience each of these.

Salvador is Bahia's capital and Brazil's third largest city. In fact, it was Brazil's first capital, founded by the Portuguese in 1549, and a visit to Salvador's restored historic centre makes a fine addition to a tailor made Brazil holiday. Pastel-coloured colonial houses and Catholic churches are all part of the city's cultural mix, and guided tours of the historic state capital provide the chance to learn about these many influences.

Salvador is also the gateway to Bahia's excellent beaches, which stretch north to south along the Atlantic coast. There are numerous luxury resorts and hotels on Bahia's stunning coast, attracting surfers, kite boarders, snorkellers and swimmers.

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Brazil: A Celebration of Life

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Where to go in Salvador and Bahia

Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina, in the Salvador hinterland, is one of Bahia's most beguiling national parks. Trekking and horse riding are two popular activities in the lofty ‘Diamond Hills' - as Chapada Diamantina means in Portuguese, named after the diamonds discovered there in the 19th century.

Boipeba Island

Boipeba is a tranquil island in the remote Tinharé archipelago, on the Dendê Coast in the south of Bahia state. Rainforest, sand dunes, mangroves and palm-lined beaches contribute to the lovely escapist feel of this island, which is known as an important habitat for turtles.


Salvador - Bahia's sultry and sassy capital - is often included in tailor-made Brazil tours, owing to its colonial heritage, African-Brazilian culture and proximity to some of the country's very best beaches. The city is sometimes referred to as ‘Africa in exile' and this has contributed to Salvado…

Beaches of Bahia

Bahia has one of Brazil's longest and most spectacular stretches of coastline, lined with mile upon mile of white sand beaches. Bahia's beaches attracts fun-loving Brazilians and overseas tourists alike, though thanks to its size, it's easy to get away from you crowds should you so wish - to find s…

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