Salvador, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

Salvador is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil. It is the capital of the state of Bahia. It was founded in 1549 during the Portuguese colonial period, and was the old capital of the colony. Salvador has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry seasons. The city is known for its lively outdoor parties, and its carnival is the biggest in the world. It happens yearly every February, which is also the best time to visit the city for its warm summer weather.

Getting There

The city can be reached by plane via flights to Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. It is a major Brazilian city, so most airlines have direct flights to it from major European and American airports. There is a long-distance bus station in the middle of the city with trips from all over the country and from Paraguay. It can also be reached by boat with many international cruise routes that stop at Salvador.


Salvador has a lot of colonial architecture and historical sites, especially in Pelourinho or the old city center. The area is always filled with tourists and entertainers. Some places with nice architecture are Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra, a nautical museum converted from a fort house, and Praça Municipal, an old plaza with views of political buildings.

Beach Culture

There are many coastal beach districts in Salvador. Praia Porto da Barra is the most popular among tourists, but it can get quite crowded at times. Abaeté Park that surrounds a lake also has bars and night entertainment.