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.
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.
Comfortable accommodation, sunny terraces and a rooftop pool in the heart of the historical district of Pelourinho, Salvador.
Convento de Carmo is a former friary now transformed into a stylish hotel in Salvador's historic Pelourinho district.
Hotel Porto da Lua enjoys a beachfront setting near the resort of Praia do Forte, and is an excellent place to relax.
A city centre hotel in 2 historic mansions with courtyards, cosy rooms and a rooftop terrace.
Pousada das Flores is a beautiful 18th century mansion in historic Salvador, Brazil's 3rd largest city.
Pousada des Arts is a beautifully restored colonial mansion in the historical centre of Salvador city.
12 room pousada in Salvador's historic Pelourinho district.
Pousada Praia das Ondas enjoys a beautiful beachfront location on the Coconut Coast just 50kms from Salvador.
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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.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.