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Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador and Bahia

Visit Salvador and Bahia


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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Top itineraries in Salvador and Bahia

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,755 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable tailor-made holiday, which begins amid Rio's city icons before heading north to learn about Afro-Brazilian heritage in Salvador and relax on the beaches of Praia do Forte.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £5,710 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

São Miguel dos Milagres

Brazil’s Coral Coast self-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,015 pp incl. flights

It's time to hit the road on this Brazil self-drive holiday, crossing four states – Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia – in the country's stunning northeast region.

Where to go in Salvador and Bahia

Chapada Diamantina, Brazil

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 Beach Morro de Sao Paulo, Salvador, Brazil

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 - Brazil


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…

Porto da Barra Beach in Salvador Brazil

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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