Salvador first appeared in the global map when the European explorers and settlers built up the city as the main seaport of Brazil. Situated on the north eastern Pacific coastlines of the country, the city air still smells of strong colonial hangover and African influence. Salvador is actually a simplified form of its cumbersome original one that goes as São Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos or formerly, Salvador da Bahia. Till the middle half of eighteenth century, Salvador was the first capital of Brazil until it was replaced by Rio de Janeiro. The construction of this Brazilian metropolis follows a well-defined plan that segregates the urban space from the religious and administrative buildings. The later are protected in the higher part of the city, in local dialect it is addressed as the cidade alta. The sprawling public accommodations, colourful cafes, busy restaurants and elegant hotels make up the cidade baixa or the lower part.


The best thing about visiting Salvador is that no matter wherever you start roaming in the streets of the city, you will end up somewhere exciting. The dense conglomeration of churches and other religious structures in the city premises has awarded it with the title of “Black Rome”. All the houses and bed and breakfasts of Salvador are brilliantly different in character and design. This capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia boasts of a high literacy rate and justifies the existence of hostels at frequent intervals in Salvador. Though sewage is one of the pinching problems of urbanisation in Salvador, it does not affect the prospect of tourism in the city. Salvador is also famous for its restaurants and street-stands that serve delicious regional delicacies and cuisines from French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, among others. Besides a modern airport, the city has well-equipped infrastructure for various events and conventions.

Salvador de Bahia Aerial view

Pelourinho plaza




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