Attractions

Top Choice Church in Salvador

Igreja NS do Bonfim

This famous 18th-century church, located a few kilometers north of Comércio on the Itapagipe Peninsula, is the source of the fitas (colored ribbons) you see everywhere in Salvador, a souvenir of the church and a sym…
Top Choice Area in Salvador

Pelourinho

The centerpiece of the Cidade Alta is the Pelourinho, a Unesco-declared World Heritage Site of colorful colonial buildings and magnificent churches. As you wander the cobblestone streets, gazing up at the city’s old…
Top Choice Historic Building in Salvador

Elevador Lacerda

The beautifully restored, art deco Elevador Lacerda connects the Cidade Alta with Comércio via four elevators traveling 72m in 30 seconds. The Jesuits installed the first manual rope-and-pulley elevator around 1610 …
Top Choice Museum in Salvador

Museu Náutico da Bahia

In addition to having superb views, the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra contains the excellent nautical museum, with relics and displays from the days of Portuguese seafaring, plus fascinating exhibits on the slave …
Historic Building in Salvador

Solar do Unhão

This wonderfully preserved 18th-century complex served as a transfer point for sugar shipments: legend says it's haunted by the ghosts of murdered slaves. Today, the building houses the Museu de Arte Moderna, with a…
Square in Salvador

Praça da Sé

The history of Praça da Sé reveals intriguing details about Salvador's development. From 1552 to 1933, the square was the site of the grand Sé Primacial cathedral, overlooking the bay. Sadly, the cathedral and its c…
in Salvador

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco

Displeased with the inclusion of a Mason symbol – an eagle – in the facade of the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, church fathers ordered the whole thing covered over in the late 18th century. It wasn’t se…
Museum in Salvador

Museu Afro-Brasileiro

Holding one of Bahia’s most important collections, the Museu Afro-Brasileiro exhibits wood carvings, baskets, pottery and other artwork and crafts linking Brazilian and African artistic traditions. The highlight of …
Museum in Salvador

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna has a changing display of avant-garde exhibits (and erratic opening times). A fine restaurant and an art workshop occupy the former store house. The hillside sculpture garden is a pleasant plac…
Landmark in Salvador

Escadas do Carmo

Leading away from the Pelourinho, the steep Ladeira do Carmo provides access to the Escadas do Carmo, a wide set of steps that were the setting of O Pagador de Promessas (1962). This was the first Brazilian film to …