Special Salvador in Brazil
Salvador, like much of its neighbors, has an incredibly rich history and even a richer culture. Although it is one of the richer parts of Brazil, don’t go expecting every second person to own an expensive Honda or every street corner to have its own Starbucks. Salvador is still a little rough around the edges, and that is what makes it special. The people here work hard, and at the end of the day, come back to incredible food, music and family. A simple state of existence – that is what Salvador is all about. Don’t come here looking for a lavish vacation. Come here to take a look at life itself, find your humble bearings.
Where to stay in Salvador –
If you have the option, choose to stay at a local low scale hotel or lodge which is situated in Pelourinho, since it is the heart of the Upper part of the city and basically, it is always the life of the party. Of course, if you are an art lover or have a profound proclivity for architecture, then you have to stay in Salvador for at least three days, because Pelourinho has some of the most beautiful buildings and churches in Salvador. For instance, the Igreja da Ordem Terceira doCarmo and the Sao Francisco absolutely cannot be missed.
As for food, try out some local restaurants, because most of them serve a wide array of typical Bahian food, which includes lots of seafood, acai treats, and are all made from fresh, local ingredients. The Amado Restaurant, dedicated to the local writer Jorge Amado, situated in the lower part of the city of Salvador, comes highly recommended for their food prepared with coconut. Once when you have had your fill, try to listen to the most famous Salvador’s percussion band calledOlodum. They are so good that they once played with the King of Pop. Yes, you read that right, the Olodum played with Michael Jackson.
For a quiet day out, take a brief walk along the Baía do Todos Santos or the All Saints Bay, during the sunset. This place is so beautiful and popular among the locals that you are guaranteed to see a bunch of kids playing here or some people having a nice little picnic. Don’t be afraid to go swimming here, this place is well protected. If you are in the mood for some surfing, then head to the Praia do Farol da Barra. After you are done riding the waves, you can walk up to the beautiful lighthouse and then get dinner at one of the many nice pubs lining the beach.
Like most regions of Brazil, crime rate isn’t exactly zero percent in Salvador, and there are a few instances of mugging. Therefore, it is best not to flash all of your wealth and belongings while in public. Avoid going to distant spots during the night, and if you are unsure of yourself, do not go near the favelas alone, and you’ll be just fine.