Salvador Bahia Brazil
(Salvador Bahia Hotel & Tourism)
Bahia, happiness land”, said one of the most poets that
loved this city, “the most beautiful”, says the popular
song. Bahia de Todos os Santos was the name given by Portuguese
explorers in 1501, when they arrived at this natural anchorage,
with blue water guarded from wings and flow. To the sides they founded
the first Brazilian capital, São Salvador da Bahia de Todos
os Santos. Or simply Salvador.
African culture and ethnical heritage are more significant in Salvador
Bahia than in other capitals on Brazil, and involves the city in
an atmosphere of joy and enchantment. Baianos are proud to be black
(“afro”) in their music and dancing, in their rituals
and parties, in their dressings, in their food, beliefs and religiosity.
Because of this natural, historical and cultural
wealthy, Salvador Bahia is a place with many artists and arts. It’s
said that when baianos are not at a party, they are preparing themselves
for one. Salvador has one of the best Carnival parties on the country,
with lively sound cars (electrical trios) that lead crowds of people
to follow them, without stop dancing. Beyond Salvador, there are
enchanted routes, such as Linha Verde and Rota do Descobrimento,
that lead to wonderful beaches, a lot of history, adventure and,
always, a lot of joy.
DON’T MISS OUT
It’s the synthesis of city history and culture. Unesco designated
this historical center as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity because
it keeps the major America baroque architectonic collection –
there are 600 restored buildings.
Mercado Modelo (Modelo's Market)
The major craftsmanship pole in Salvador. Built in 1861 to be an
customhouse, nowadays it has 259 tents which offers every kind of
popular production in leather, straw, tissue, wood, laces, semiprecious
stones and silver, besides candies, fruits in syrup and craft drinks.
The sunset at Farol da Barra Beach One of the postal cards on the
city, not only because of the natural beautiful scenery but for
the enchantment of seeing the lighthouse superposing sun’
on bay waters.
Lagoa do Abaeté (Abaeté
Walking on the white sand and wetting your feet in the dark water
of this enchantment lake enclosed by dunes where you can drink some
coconut water and breathe some peace.
Terreiro do Gantois (Gantois Terrene)
One of the most known and traditional candomblé terrenes
within about 2000 existing in Bahia. It’s located near the
city center, in a well-urbanized, safe and easily accessible area.
You can climb up Colina Sagrada (Sacred Hill), and ask the blessing
of the city patronal, Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. From Nosso Senhor
do Bonfim Church, you get a spectacular sight of Todos os Santos
Bay, that’s located at Ribeira neighborhood and that’s
the local of the baianos’ peregrination.
Highly influenced by African food, it’s the most typical on
Brazil. 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) and vatapá
(made with peanut cream) 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.
The island in front of Salvador has wonderful primitive beaches.
You can get there by ferryboats and by boats. Depending on the kind
of ship, it may take from 30 to 90 minutes.
Costa do Sauípe (Sauípe
In a large area in front of the sea, at Barra do Rio Sauípe
beach, there are five big hotels from international companies, inns
and sports and leisure complexes. Golf field with 18 holes with
professional structure, suite of tennis fields and other modalities,
and a nautical center with boats, canoes and windsurf boards. There
are also cavalcade and equitation center. Besides the accommodation,
the visitor can chose to spend one day and enjoy the equipments
common to all hotels. Costa do Sauípe is 110 km far from
the Salvador center, and it’s 76 km far from the airport.
A stroll to Praia do Forte (Forte Beach)
It’s amazing the emotion of watching an enormous sea turtle
appearing on the waves, walking into the sand, preparing its nest
and putting there its eggs to grow up. After a time, these eggs
get mature and become several little turtles, which come back to
the sea seeking for life. This happens at Praia do Forte, where
exists a sea turtle preservation project developed by Brazilian
government supported by scientific institutions and private entities.
You can get there by Estrada do Coco (Coco Road), a coastal road
where you can see other beautiful beaches, such as Arembepe, where
there are hippies from 70’s.
Salvador has a large hotel structure, effective communication net
and customer services within the best international patterns, including
some resorts. It has tourism agencies that guide the tourists on
rides about the city and on attractions around the country. The
convention center is able to host large events.
HOW TO GET THERE
Salvador is 1550 km far from Brasilia, 1730 km far from Rio de Janeiro
and 1960 far from São Paulo. It has a totally automated modern
airport that receives all portage aircrafts in a safe, comfortable
and quick way to passengers. Receives buses from the main capitals
on Brazil. The main access roads are BR-101 and BR-116 that binds
Salvador to the north and south of the country.