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Why visit Salvador?

Salvador is one of the liveliest cities in Brazil with a rich culture, beautiful beaches and attractive historic centre. Salvador is known as the African Soul of Brazil due to the legacy of the slave trade, and approximately 80% of the population are of Afro-Brazilian descent. It is divided into the upper, Cidade Alta and lower, Cidade Baixa, cities. Cidada Alta includes the Centro Historico, also known as Pelourinho, a national monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most important examples of colonial architecture in Latin America.

  • Walk around Pelourinho, named for the pillories that once stood there, admiring the colonial architecture, churches and museums
  • Join locals on popular Praia Porto de Barra beach, swim, sunbathe and watch the sunset
  • Watch spontaneous demonstrations of capoeira, a dance-cum-martial art, part of the city's strong Afro-Brazilian heritage
  • Visit the city's parks, including The Park of the City with its Atlantic forest, enjoying boat rides on lakes and nature walks
  • Sample spicy seafood and dishes made using palm tree oil and cocnut juice
  • Ride the country's oldest lift, the Elevador Lacerda, between the lower and upper towns
  • Escape the crowds and take a cruise to Itaparica island in All Saints Bay
  • If you like parties you'll love the parades, music and dancing of the Bahian Carnival in the week leading up Mardi Gras
  • Browse for souvenirs at Mercado Modelo, with clothes, jewellery, crafts and artworks all available

When to go to Salvador

The city can be visited at any time of year, though April to June are the wettest months. The temperature varies little year round, but is generally higher from December to March, and these months tend to be busiest in terms of visitor numbers. July is another busy month with Brazilians taking their winter break. Carnival occurs at the end of February or beginning of March, which you may either want to experience or to avoid.

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time:

Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas:

Not required for British nationals.

Health:

There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.

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