Salvador & Bahia State
Bahia is a wonder: beautiful beaches, secluded islands, mysterious caves and the vibrant city of Salvador, sometimes called the cultural capital of Brazil.
Salvador is Bahia’s state capital, a place where you are immersed in rich Afro-Brazilian culture past and present. Stroll through the colonial heart, join locals at the beach, listen to the music and savour the cuisine. Along the coast, there are miles of beaches offering watersports and boat trips, a car-free island for ultimate R&R and a national park containing a subterranean paradise.
- Culture in Salvador: Salvador is abuzz with music, dance and life. Known as the African Soul of Brazil and with a large Afro-Brazilian population due to the slave trade, it is one of the liveliest cities in the country. The colourful colonial buildings of Pelourinho, imposing churches and impressive views from Elevador Lacerda, the country’s oldest lift, are must-sees. With beaches and island cruises to boot there’s always something vying for your attention.
- Marau Peninsula beaches: The 40km of beaches offer swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing, and are less visited than busier beaches to the north. You can also explore mangroves, walk in coconut groves, visit fishing villages, take boat trips and unwind at a Barra Grande beach bar, drink in hand, as you watch the sunset.
- Island life: Enjoy the alluringly gentle pace of life on Boipeba island. There are no cars, mules and tractors provide transport, and a cruise can take you around the island. Find your own beach and simply relax. Hire a canoe to explore the coastline and mangroves, walk along the beach or follow an inland trail and chat to locals and fellow visitors at one of the bars and restaurants in Boipeba village.
- Wondrous scenery: Chapada Diamantina is an unspoilt wilderness of caves, underground rivers, waterfalls, mountains and valleys. Explore with a local guide to make the most of your time in this wonderland. Take in far-reaching views and tumbling waterfalls above ground and descend into the eerily beautiful subterranean world to discover coloured pools and atmospheric caverns.