Salvador was the first Colonial capital of Brazil and is one of the oldest cities in the New World. Known also as the “Capital of Happiness”, Salvador is famous for its stunning architecture, lively outdoor festivities, and warm, easygoing inhabitants.
Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by Brazil’s first Colonial governor, the city was established on an escarpment, dividing it into the High City, where most of the residences and government buildings are located, and the Low City, where forts, docks, markets, and warehouses are found. While you are here, take a ride in Brazil’s oldest elevator, Elevador Lacerda, which has connected the two parts of the city since 1873. The city’s location on All Saints Bay provides excellent beaches, with the longest coastline of any city in Brazil. The High City’s beaches are mostly along the Bay, with the Low City’s bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
With four parks, including one of the few ecological parks in Brazil located in an urban area, and beautiful sea views, fans of the outdoors are sure to take delight in the countless activities Salvador has to offer. The recently renovated Historic Center, often known as the Pelhourino, offers shopping and sightseeing opportunities galore.
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- Frades Island
- Bay tours
- Over thirty miles of beaches
- Pelourinho tours
- Shopping and fine dining
- Nearby Cachoeira and Morro de São Paulo
- Outdoor recreation areas
- Historic sightseeing
- Mercado Modelo
- Museums and a vibrant theater scene
- The world's largest Carnival celebration