Salvador 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 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 exhibits on the slave trade. All i…
Square in Salvador

Largo do Pelourinho

Picture-perfect Largo do Pelourinho is a sloping, triangle-shaped square, once the site of the pelourinho (whipping post) – one of several nearby locations where slaves were exposed and punished. After slavery was o…
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 …
Historic Building in Salvador

Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra

Built in 1698, Bahia’s oldest fort is more commonly called the Farol da Barra for the lighthouse (South America’s oldest) within its walls. In addition to having superb views, the fort houses an excellent nautical m…
Market in Salvador

Mercado Modelo

The original 1861 Customs House, where slaves were housed when they arrived in Salvador, was partly destroyed in a fire in 1986. After reconstruction, it was transformed into the Mercado Modelo. The market is a grea…
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…
Museum in Salvador

Casa do Carnaval da Bahia

The story of Salvador's world-famous Carnaval is told through wonderfully evocative archival video and photographs at this museum which opened in 2018. Even just walking through the museum with its explosions of col…
Museum in Salvador

Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia

Below the Museu Afro-Brasileiro (one admission ticket gets you into both), the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia exhibits indigenous Brazilian pottery, bows and arrows, masks and feather headpieces. Also tucked betwe…