Salvador da Bahia is a cultural wonderland if you're exploring traces of African Diaspora in Bahia Brazil. Once the ex-capital of Brazil and the first colonial capital of the Portuguese empire, the city of Salvador features a fascinating history that locals to this day continue to hold on to, completely immersing themselves in their mixed African, Brazilian, and European heritage. Salvador is also known world-wide for its wild festivals and sparkling beaches, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking to combine culture and relaxation on their Brazil vacation.
Salvador da Bahia has often been called the ‘Soul’ of Brazil, primarily because it was here that the Portuguese, African and indigenous met, melted, and produced the vibrant music, food, customs and religion typical of Bahia to this very day.
Unique to this Afro-Brazilian vibe in Salvador are the numerous Terreiros de Candomblé scattered throughout the city, including a large percentage of Afro-Brazilians who practice Capoeira (African) martial arts.
In addition to the rich culture present in Salvador, this city is located adjacent to the largest bay on the continent of South America. Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse), on the site of a historic fort, stands at the entrance of ‘All Saints Bay’.
On our journeys of discovery in Bahia state, you’ll experience an array of exciting array of optional activities to enjoy; authentic folkloric dance performances, live musical performances, your choice of water sports, including private sport fishing excursions in the Bay of Saints, private yacht excursions, hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, snorkeling, kayaking, whale watching.
When it comes to entertainment in Salvador, all roads lead back to the historical district of Perlourinho. “Pelo” as it is affectionately dubbed by the people of Salvador is a bustling, vibrant center of culture and entertainment.
Once there, one can find a range of aspects of Afro-Brazilian culture, whether in the restaurants serving traditional food, the different types of museums and the many squares which throughout the year have shows with a range of music dance and theater or Olodum, with its visceral drums playing the rhythms of Bahia.
Pelourinho “rocks” on Tuesday nights! We always offer up our best schedule of entertainment activities on Tuesday night in ‘Pelo’. Needless to say, there is a lot to love about Salvador's historical district.
So, whether you join us here in Bahia to experience Salvador’s folklore/cultural, or our ‘over the top’ Carnival celebrations when pulsating rhythms of the trios electricos (giant rolling music tractors w/stage and band performing) rule the night and day – one thing is for sure – Bahia is waiting for you to come and immerse yourself in all of this city’s splendor and grace.