Where to Stay in Salvador

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Salvador

Salvador at a Glance

Salvador is the capital of the Northern state of Bahia, well known for its beautiful tranquil beaches. Originally founded as the capital of Brazil in 1549 by the Portuguese during the slave trade, the city still holds a lot of the colonial charm and architecture, much of which has been restored to attract tourists. Although the city is now known for having rather high crime, it is still a treat to the eyes, as well as having one of the best celebrations for carnival in Brazil. The majority of Brazilians actually say that the carnival in Salvador is better than Rio’s because it is more inclusive. The city’s Pelourinho area also gained recognition in Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ music video, where the locals and music group Olodum feature in one of the main squares. Bahia is the main producer and exporter of cocoa in Brazil, so you should definitely visit a nearby cocoa farm or factory.

Salvador Neighborhoods

  • Barra

    beaches, Farol da Barra, more residential, blocos during carnival

  • Cidade Alta

    Praça da Sé, Terreiro de Jesus

  • Rio Vermelho

    beaches, going out, bars and restaurants

  • Comercio

    Mercado Modelo, ferry port

  • Pelourinho

    old, colonial part of town, Tuesday night parties, main tourist attraction

This guide only covers highlights. View all neighborhoods of Salvador.

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