Best places to visit in Salvador
4 days itinerary
Salvador is one of the most beautiful and visited cities of Brazil. It brings together numerous attractions for everyone: beaches and natural beauty, historic sites, music, local cuisine and more. The Carnival of Bahia, the event that attracts over 1 million tourists, is the biggest party in the world of popular participation. We have prepared this basic itinerary of 4 days in Salvador, gathering main sights so you can discover this sunny city and enjoy the Carnival.
Start by one of the most famous sights of Salvador, the Pelourinho, a true cultural open air center, full of museums, churches, craft shops and historical buildings. Be sure to visit the Jorge Amado House. After this a short walk to Sao Francisco Church and Covent. Its decoration in gold, very crafted, impresses anyone. Head to the Rio Branco Palace, which was one of the first buildings of Salvador and is a wonder of architecture. Near the palace is the famous Lacerda Elevator , a very attractive place. Be sure to take a picture there, especially with the background of the Bay of All Saints – it’s really beautiful! After descending to the lower city by the Elevator Lacerda, follow the way to the Mercado Modelo. It’s a great option for those who want to shop and take souvenirs from Salvador to relatives and friends. Finally, closing the first day, how about better understand the history and culture of the area, watching the Folkloric Ballet of Bahia? Very worth it!
Early in the morning start with the famous Itapua Beach, that owns a really beautiful landscape. It has green water, stones, coconut trees, natural pools and white sand, beyond the lighthouse. After the beach you can visit the Abaete Lagoon, beautiful area of environmental preservation. From there go to Salvador Shopping Center, location with modern architecture, good shopping and great restaurants. Ending the day go to the center of bohemian life of Salvador, the Rio Vermelho Beach, ideal place to enjoy one of the best and most famous acarajés in the city.
Start the day with a visit to the Itaparica Island with paradisiacal beaches. Then head to Monte Serrat Fort, it is the perfect place to admire the Bay of All Saints. Leaving the fort you will see the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, it is the most traditional church of Salvador. Near the Church is located Bonfim Municipal Market where you will find wide range of traditional local produce. Finally, go to the Tororo Dike, which is one of the most famous and beautiful postcards of Salvador.
Start your day enjoying the beach of crystalline water called Farol da Barra Beach. Nearby is located the Nautical Museum of Bahia, great place to learn more about the history of Bahia. Then head to the Bahia Museum of Modern Art, located in the Solar Unhão, a historic site of the sixteenth century. Besides the interesting collection of art and culture, it offers a beautiful sea view of the Bay of All Saints. It’s the best place to see the sunset in Salvador. Ending the day do not miss the Square of the Fallen Cross, the historic site, which in the days of Carnival will become a stage that will host performances of samba groups.