The brilliant coastal jewel of San Salvador da Bahia has many firsts attached to it. Established in the mid-16th Century by the Portuguese, it was one of the first colonial cities of the New World and the first Brazilian capital. Salvador was also the first slave port in the Americas. This vibrant city continues to hold on to its rich cultural heritage with its colonial architecture and pulsating African spirit. Find its rhythm in the earthy drumbeats that are played out daily on the streets, as delicious aromas of local kitchens fill the air. This beautiful city’s living, breathing Afro-Brazilian culture is ubiquitous – it is to be found in the music and arts, food and spirituality pervading Salvador. Grand churches with rich gold work and popular processions for African gods and mystical ceremonies are to be found co-existing together. The spicy fragrance of okra, shrimp and deliciously fresh Bahia seafood melded with Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dances that are entirely its own, set San Salvador da Bahia distinctly apart from the crowd.
Portuguese colonial heritage
Afro-Brazilian culture & arts
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Casa do Amarelindo is set within an hour’s drive from the Luis Eduardo Magalhaes Airport in Salvador de Bahia. Housed in a 19th century building right at the heart of Pelourinho, the colonial architecture of the hotel is a visual treat in itself.
Hotel Villa Bahia, located right at the historic heart of the city, offers you a comfortable stay in Salvador de Bahia. Expect two magnificent Portuguese-style mansions with lush inner courtyards and a strong colonial influence.
Wish Hotel da Bahia, situated right in the heart of the city, offers you a luxurious stay in Salvador de Bahia. Expect a heritage property dating back to the 1950s that has recently been refurbished and modernized.