INTRODUCTION || GETTING THERE || TOURS || EATING OUT || GETTING AROUND || CALENDAR || NIGHT LIFE || BAHIA INTERIOR || BAHIA COAST || ELSEWHERE || TALK ABOUT IT || PHOTOS || MAPS || ATTRACTIONS || BEACHES || SAFETY AND TIPS || ARTS & CULTURE || INDIAN CULTURE || AFRO-BRAZILIAN || NGO's || GAY AND LESBIAN || LINKS WE LIKE || MARKETPLACE
Today, Salvador, the capital city of the state of Bahia, is considered a renowned center of Afro-American culture and spirituality. The list of Salvador's fastest growing exports should include Capoeria, Candomblé and Carnaval, three products for the soul which refuse to be bought and sold like traditional goods and services. Like most art forms, they succeed best when you first give to them. A pilgrimage to this City by the Todos os Santos Bay is a great place to start.
Salvador's Carnival is arguably now Brazil's biggest. The ability to fully participate in high energy events as well as a complete integration of the city's rich and central Afro-American art, culture and music means Salvador's hotel rooms will sell out before Rio's for the Carnaval season. How the huge Rio Carnaval responds to this challenge can only be good news for us. While year-round spontaneous joy and celebration is a natural consequence of the Carnival culture, the summer months of December through February offer many special ceremonies and festival highlights for visitors. A new Salvador Carnival encore festival occurs six months later in October.
Journey from the lower district to the historic Upper City in the morning on the Lacerda elevator, enjoy a bounty of beautiful sights, return to the water in the afternoon before you immerse yourself in the alchemy of Bahia culinary and cultural treasures for the evening. Remember, Bahia is the land of happiness and unforgettable discoveries (particularly for those who plan well).
Also consider before and after Carnaval, there are many beautiful beaches calling your name. || Coconut (north) coast || Dende (just south) Coast || Cocoa (Ilheus) Coast || Discovery (Porto Alegre) Coast
Not going for Carnaval, consider getting into the rhythm with another Bahia Event.
As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763 Salvador is the gateway to the early and most compelling history of the blending of the cultures which best defines the Americas. No state of Brazil has a greater treasure of history and ecology to protect according to UNESCO's World Heritage list for Brazil
|Best City Guides|
|bahia-online.net featuring the insightful commentary of local Randy Roberts Helpful partnerships for booking places to stay and abadas for trios electricos & tickets to camarotes should keep bahia-online a fresh deep visitor resource for years to come. Good forum for year round event info.|
|Getting There TOP|
Airport "SSA Salvador, ....The City is over 30 km (45 minutes) and a taxi is fixed at US $28 the executive bus marked Praça da Sé/Aeroporto bus is less than than US $1.
Main Bus station or Rodviária is 5 km from the city centre and costs about US$4.50 by taxi from Praça da Sé. It is next to Salvador's largest shopping centre Iguatemi.
There is further info available from Bahiatursa at both locations
Bus Companies of Bahia (Salvador locations)
Private Guides: At
the Pelourinho you will experience many private guides who will be
showing you their ID cards.
Silvia Vannucci Chiappori is President of Guide Associantion.of Salvador phone: 245-2047 fax 235-2047
Offering several tours w\ hotel pick-up inc.\ beaches and historic
Conner O'Sullivan's agency specializing in cultural and spiritual tours, boat trips and countryside excursions phone 247-9322 fax 237-7562 Avenida Centenário 2883, Edifício Victoria Center, sala 105, Barra. They rent flats for Carnaval too
Largest agency w\ 9 types of multilingual tours phone 247-9211
Avenida Manoel Dias da Silva 1211, Pituba (Tel.: 248-3433)
Amaralina Viagens Barra (Tel.: 336-1099)
Itapemirim Avenida 7 de Setembro 1420 (Tel.: 321-6633)
Tapoan Turismo Campo da Pólvora 21, Centro (Tel.: 321-0141)
Turbahia Avenida Estados Unidos 60, Cidade Baixa (Tel.: 243-8598)
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|Food & Drink TOP|
FOOD has had a central place in Bahian culture since colonial times when
the Baihianas, who now proudly display their freshly made dishes on
street corners, dominated the kitchens of slave owners.
Bahian cooking uses an abundance of West African ingredients like palm oil and potent peppers. Look for Vatapá: a kind of porridge made from rice flour, ground nuts,, ginger, mint and palm oil or Xinxim: chicken prepared with onion, garlic, shrimps and pumpkin. Bahian dishes are plentiful and served w\ side dishes like forofa de dendé : manioc flour fried in palm oil. Moquecas (stewed fish, shrimps and other sea foods very spicy), bobó de camarão (stewed shrimps with manioc sauce), sarapatel (made with little pieces of pork) are some of the most famous dishes served in specialized restaurants. You cannot miss the chance of eating a delicious acarajé, typical delicacy from Salvador. With their cooky sheets placed in the sidewalks, baianas prepare this little cake with beans paste, vatapá, shrimp and hot pepper.
& find dozens sorted by categories
Restaurants by frommers -
|Getting Around TOP|
yourself to Salvador's hilly narrow one-way streets is not an easy task.
There is a good bus system which your hotel host may help you to use.
Know where your hotel is located, so can always use a taxi should you
become inclined. Acquiring a Map is always a good idea. The
Lacerda Elevator connecting the high and
low City runs daily form 5am to midnight. There are 2 others
Bus: Rodoviária or main bus station is 5km from the City center.
Praça de Sé is the busy bus stop near the Pelourinho center at the top of the Lacerda you will get to know. Praça de Sé is also the name of the bus to take to visit the Atlantic Beaches as far as Praia Famengo and Avenida da Franca
Taxis: Are plentiful as is the usual advise about negotiating in advance if you don't see or trust the meter
Renting a car is best left to the locals unless your doing a day trip.
/bahia/airports/ is our transit guide page for both state & city.
TARDE ON LINE
Includes a listing of venues w\ phone hombres and addresses.
Our guide to annual events
the evening, Salvador's cool winds and outdoor cafes become most
inviting. The Pelourinho, in particular has
tremendous variety of night time activity....The folkloric shows here
are more authentic with very talented musicians and dancers....It is
easy to bar hop in the Barra and some of
the most happening spots will be on Avenida
Setembro de 7. One of the best
places to see contemporary bands is the beach neighborhood of Rio
Teatro Castro Alves
is home to the Bahian Symphony
Orchestra and the Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves and the occasional
Teatro Vila Velha is a famous
place to catch a show.
happening by bahia-online
& clubs by frommers
in Salvador in our aforum (for straight males)
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Chapada Diamantina Maps & Guides
Estado da Bahia (Official
State web site)
|Bahia Coast TOP|
State of Bahia
enjoys Brazil's longest coastline
and includes some exceptional beach resorts.
www.bahia.com.br has a huge site with most of it available as an English version
|Elsewhere in the Northeast TOP|
The nine states of the
Pernambuco || Piauí || Rio Grande do Norte.
Northeastern State of Sergipe by Lonely Planet for brazzil.com
Located 519 miles north of Salvador w\ the NE's major International airport the city boasts a spectacular high-rise beach resort of Boa Viagem and further out are the unspoiled beaches of Tamandaré, São José da Coroa Grande, Maria Farinha and the famous Porto de Galinhas.
O Povo produces an excellent
www.carnaval.com/brazil/natal > Natal
Cleanest air, closest to Africa, growing international community and miles of deserted sandy beaches to dune buggy.
|Talk About It TOP|
|Brazil Forums at Frommers|
|Salvador has a
year-round tropical climate. The city lies between the Tropic of
Capricorn and the Equator and has an average temperature of 78°F
(26°C) year-round while in the summer (DEC-FEB) you can expect
85°F to 100°F. With over 2,220 hours of sunshine a year, there is
little precipitation; most of it falls between April and August .Summer clothes can be
worn year-round, and fashions are very casual. City coasts feature
warm waters for inviting swims. High season is OCT-APR. While
the sea breeze and lower humidity generally keep things fresh don't
think you can do without the sun block lotion.
Our image server.
Find some simple district blow-ups and lots of resource links. See Beaches above for English.
Regions of Bahia by bahiatursa
Coastal Maps of City Locations by bahiatursa
Coastal Maps of City Locations by bahiatursa
|Monuments & Attractions|
|It is often said that Salvador has a church for every day of the year in truth there are about 165 and many of the best are within walking distance from each other near the historic town center or Pelourinho. highlights include 34 colonial churches; the Museu Afro-Brasileira, which is dedicated to Black culture; and the Elevator Lacerda, an Art Deco structure with clanking electric elevators which truck up and down a set of 85m (279ft) cement shafts in less than 15 seconds and carry over 50,000 passengers daily between the port and the hilly historic section of the city.|
MUSEUMS of Salvador
by the posada encantodeitapoan.com.br
& (15) Find hours, addresses & phone numbers
Attractions, & Museums, & Festivals & Entertainment by Lonely Planet
|Salvador Beaches by carnaval.com|
Boca do Rio Corsário
Jaguaribe / Piatã
Jardim de Alá
Ilha de Tinharé
Islands in the Bay
Lagoa de Abaeté
Pedra da Sal
Porto da Barra
City of Salvador
(10) - 6 free.
|Safety & Tips TOP|
|Disque Turismo (dial tourism) Tel.: 131; Pronto Socorro
(first aid) Tel.: 192; and Polícia Civil (police) Tel.: 197.
You should not hesitate to use taxis particularly at night. Don't carry more cash than you need and don't hesitate to give it up if confronted. Don't leave your money where pickpockets can get at it in crowded locations. Don't leave anything on the beach you would miss. Carry a photocopy of your passport and don't expose a valuable camera outside the Pelourinho.
According to Lonely Planet "The Lacerda Elevator is renowned for crime, especially at night around the base station" Still its much better to take the elevator than attempt to climb the stairs.
|Arts & Culture TOP|
|Every Baiano has the potential to be an artist. As the saying goes, "O baiano não nasce, estreia" -- a Baiano isn't born UFBA Universidade Federal da Bahia|
|Indian Culture TOP|
|The nearly 200 distinct Indian societies represents one of the greatest cultural treasures of the world.|
|Afro-Brazilian Connections TOP|
A documentation and advisory service about the crossroads between Christianity and black religious tradition. Since 1992, by in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil).
Aging collection of articles, ideas & links.
The racial cul-de-sac
By W.J. Nelson for brazzil.com 6/96. The current state of black & white in Brazil contrasted with the U.S.A. .
Zumbi Dos Palmares
By Nei Lopes. Zumbi's colonial story is a great one which has parallels to the Afro-Brazilian cultural movement today.
African Links by sas.UPenn.edus || Travel || Arts || AfricanStudies || Black/African Resources || Africa Links by Country || maintained by Ali B. Ali-Dinar Phd.
The web's #1 guide at University of Pennsylvania, receiving almost 150,000 visitors per month.
colonizers mixed with the native Indians and African slaves (mostly of
Yoruba and Quimbundu origin,
corresponding to modern-day Nigeria Benin and Angola). Dutch and
French colonization also took place in the Northeast.
a fascinating insight into afro-Brazilian culture, with sections on candomble, capoeira and Carnaval.
Candomble followers dress in white and honor hundreds of native deities in terreiros (or cult houses) all over the city, it is possible to witness ceremonies as some terreiros accept visitors as long as they dress accordingly and are respectful.
Candomble Directory by bahia-online
"addresses and telephone numbers for some of Salvador's principal terreiros de candomblé. I think that intending observers should be aware of the fact that, from their point-of-view, the ceremonies may last a long time without a lot of the dramatic highlights they may be expecting. "
Capoeira Directory by bahia-online
Find 13 mestres
|NGO's Non-Governmental Organizations TOP|
An open space for the exchange of information and documentation concerning the activities of our 19 NGOs dedicated to improving the Environmental Educational, Social Action, and Trade Unions of Bahia
Arts & Youth NGO's of Salvador by carnaval.com
Featuring insightful comments by volunteer
work by bahia-online
Projeto Axé, Action for Brazil's Children (the ABC Trust), Didá, Bagunçaço, and Mãe Preta
|Gay & Lesbian TOP|
In town, Avenida Sete de
Setembro, around Praça da Sé and Praça da Piedade, as well as
Pelhourino's Praça Pedro Arcanjo, are known cruising areas.
Saturdays at Farol da Barra beach and Sundays at the Barraca Aruba,
a beach kiosk at Praia dos Artistas.
Grupo Gay da Bahia ggb.org.br Rua Frei Vicente 24, Pelourinho (tel. 071/321-1848 great resource for gay travelers info on recreational opportunities as well as on local social issues.
|Lists of Links TOP|
By Universidade Federal da Bahia (Portuguese mostly).
City government at pms.ba.gov.br || state of Bahia.ba.gov.br/
phrase "cut the atmosphere with a knife" is often over used, but
in the case of Salvador it is an understatement. In all my
travels (109 countries on every continent) I have never visited
such an electrifying city and that includes Rio. Perhaps it was
the fact that it was Christmas but the city was alive with
music, you haven't lived until you have heard "White Christmas"
to a samba beat.
Travel Tales & Tips to epinions
Located in the former customs building Praça Cayru, Comércio (just across from the Elevator Lacerda), the Mercado Modelo has around 300 merchants Also known as Feira de São Joaquim its a well known landmark, located down on the water just beyond the ferryboat terminal.
Sete Portas (Seven Doors)
Salvador's other primary "open air" market, within long walk of Pelourinho via Baixa dos Sapateiros, close to Santo Antônio.
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