Petropolis, the Imperial City
Why visit the unique city of PetropolisView article
Some Airlines fly to Salvador from outside of Brazil. Here is a list:
Aerolineas Argentinas / Air Europa / American Airlines / Condor / TAP.
If this offer of flights is not enough, you can always catch a connection after coming in through Rio or São Paulo, which have a much wider number of inbound flights from abroad.
To learn which companies fly to these cities, see the “about” section of each city or scroll down below to the "Learn More About Related Destinations".
Salvador is located in the Northeast of Brazil in the State of Bahia, but in its south extremity making it a close flight destination to any city of the Northeast or Southeast. To its north, there are a handful of options within driving distance of 1:00 hour or 2:00 hours. You’ll have plenty of breath-taking beaches in Guarajuba, Praia do Forte and Costa do Sauipe as well as huge all inclusive resorts.
Ideally, you can bundle it with Recife, Fortaleza, Rio, São Paulo and Manaus.
A festive city, with smiling and friendly people. Salvador has the classic charisma of its people, very welcoming and warm, which expresses the history and religions of the region.
Its streets make history come alive, from churches and classic mansions to its beaches that are in all the postcards and from the most popular strips of sand to the most remote on its northern coast.
If this is your first time in Salvador, the best options is a classic city tour, so that you will be able to get the best out of your limited time. Walk through the streets of Pelourinho, where the landscapes and colorful will dazzle you.
You can also choose to relax and enjoy the beaches and the sun in the northeast, hallmark of this region. On the other hand, take a schooner and cruise to Ilha dos Frades (Friar's Island), through the Baía de Todos os Santos, and end your day in a cinematic fashion, with an incredible sunset illuminating the large Lacerda elevator.
From the top of the Elevator you can enjoy a panoramic view, in addition to a blue horizon mixed with colorful skies. While enjoying the superb views, you can see the “Mercado Modelo” and buildings from uptown.
If you have a few extra days to enjoy Salvador, we recommend a trip to Morro de São Paulo, where ecotourism is one of the major attractions, with several trails, raft rides and direct contact with nature.
At the end of your trip, be sure to stop in the beautiful Church of Bonfim, taking their ribbons and glorious blessing on your way home.
The temperatures in Salvador are fairly warm throughout the year between 20 Degrees Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit and 30 Celsius or 86 Fahrenheit. In summer sticking more to the higher end and in winter in the lower end. On some days in summer, it also gets some spikes in temperature of up to 35 Degrees Celcius or 95 Degrees Fahrenheit.
It rains more than half the month in from April through August. The weather is a better from September through March.
The best time to go is between October and February. There is less rain and its warmer. You should avoid the winter months as Salvador is mostly a beach destination, although there is a lot of landmarks, you’ll be required to some walking. So is still better to go when is not raining.
Carnival or Carnaval falls on a different date every year. The streets of Salvador are filled with street parades and the Touristic areas are crowded. If you like partying that is the place to be during Carnival. Otherwise you should go on a different date.
Bobó de Camarão – “Shrimp bobó” is a creamy dish of Shrimp, coconut milk, cassava and flavored with palm oil. It is fairly similar to some African recipes as Salvador is one of the regions where the connections with African culture is the strongest.
Acarajé– In Salvador you will find a Acarajé stand in every corner, well, sort of, but is safe yo say that you will be able to get a hold of it fairly easy. It consists of cowpea, onions and salt deeply fried in dendê oil. It is normally served with a lot of pepper.
Local Time is UTC/GMT – 3.
Currency is the same all over Brazil - BRL – R$ - Brazilian Reais. Pronounced as Re-eyes (plural) or Re-owl (singular). No establishment accepts payment in any currency other than BRL.
Tap water is not drinkable. You should only drink bottled water. That is what you’ll be served when you ask for “water” anywhere you go.