Salvador de Bahia is the City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints. Or Brazil’s capital of all happiness if you prefer. It is located on a small peninsula between Todos os Santos Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The bay was discovered on All Saints Day.
The area was colonized by the Portuguese in 1500 by Pedro Ivares Cabral. The city was established in 1549 by Tome de Sousa who would be the first Governor-General of Brazil. The colony was built on a high cliff with views of All Saints Bay. It was one of the first major ports in Brazil. The area was settled by many Dutch and Jewish immigrants between the 1600’s and the 1800’s. The area still remained mostly Catholic and became the first Catholic bishopric of Brazil in 1552. Today it is still one of the most holy cities in Brazil. It was the original capital of Brazil until 1763. The area was liberated from Portuguese control on July 2, 1823. It has recently been rebuilt to become a major tourist area.
The whole area of Salvador de Bahia is surrounded by beaches. Porto da Barra Beach was named the 3rd best beach in the world in 2007 by the Guardian. It was very popular in the 60’s as a hangout for Tropicalistas Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and today continues to be a popular hangover for local musicians. The water is very calm but the beaches do get crowded, especially on the weekends. Some of the other beaches you should visit include Farol da Barra, Itapoan, Farol de Itapoan, and Piata. Some of these beaches have some rough surf but you can still sit back and enjoy the views of the lighthouses.
Island of Itaprica
This island is perfect day trip for anyone visiting the area. The island itself has some of the best views of the All Saints Bay and is also home to the Sul America Open Tenni s Competition. Itaprica is the city of the island nearest to Salvador but you should also take stroll through Vera Cruz.
Visit the historic center and catch a glimpse of the Cathedral of Salvador, Convent and Church of Sao Francisco, Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Mercade Modelo, Elevador Lacerda. Also make sure to see the large historic central plaza which has history dating back to the 17th century. There is a large open air shopping mall with many musical and artistic attractions.
This is a Brazilian Martial Arts that includes dance and music. It originated from the African slaves in the 17th century. Salvador was home to the first official Capoeira schools. Today Salvador is a very popular spot for capoeira. This type of dance can be seen all over the world including on the streets of Caan, France.
2014 World Cup
Brazil is one of the most popular countries for soccer so it is no wonder that they chose the beautiful shores of Salvador to host the 2014 World Cup. This area was chosen to add not only the enthusiastic fans but also the colorful flair that can only be found in Brazil.