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


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 …
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…
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…
Museum in Salvador

Museu de Arte da Bahia

Museu de Arte da Bahia showcases works from Bahian artists, with paintings by José Teófilo de Jesus (1758–1817) and drawings by Argentine artist Carybé.
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 da Cidade

Rather like the city itself, Museu da Cidade contains an eclectic assortment of the old and the modern, the sacred and the profane. Exhibits include orixá (deity of Candomblé) costumes and traditional rag dolls enac…
Museum in Salvador

Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

Literary types shouldn't miss a quick visit to the Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, offering an overview of the life of one of Brazil’s best-known writers. A wall of Amado’s book covers in every major language demonstr…