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Salvador is a city with a passionate heart and soul. From its 16th century origins as the most important seaport in the South Atlantic region to its colourful and cultural recent history, this Brazilian city is alive with the exotic rhythms that provide a backbeat for a fascinating holiday. New Year in Salvador is Carnival season, a weeklong celebration of music, dance, art and fun. If you are looking to cool off, head to one of the many surfing beaches for which this coastal city is famous. Accommodations are made for swimming, diving and fishing adventures; however, for calmer waters, softer sands and a more family-friendly experience, nearby Plakaford is the ideal location.

The Portuguese and Dutch colonisation of Salvador has left its mark in the many architectural relics of the period. The Igrea Sao Francisco is said to be one of the most spectacular churches in the world, and the Porto De Barra, a series of Portuguese forts that dot the coastline, will fascinate the kids. Salvador is a shopper’s delight with many bargains to be found in the shopping district, and nightlife sizzles all over the city in the numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

When To Go

Salvador enjoys a mild tropical climate and has a distinct wet and dry season. The average temperatures are quite even and comfortable, about 25°C (77°F) most of the year, though it dips to around 22°C (72°F) in the winter months of July and August. Precipitation averages 120 mm (4.7 inches) most of the year except for between March and June when it can reach up to 300 mm (11.8 inches) per month. The peak season for tourism is in winter, particularly in January and February when Carnival celebrations take place. The prevailing southeast winds often bring thunderstorms but ensure a cool and temperate climate all year round.

  • Salvador has a tropical climate and averages 25°C (77°F)
  • Rainfall is fairly high; March to June is the rainiest time
  • Peak tourist season is in January and February during Carnival

Getting There

Salvador is serviced by Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport, which is situated some 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) north of the city. The airport hosts many carriers from Europe and the USA. Travel to the city is via either airport bus or taxi, or, if you do not mind driving in Brazil, book a rental car from the airport. There is a long-distance bus station downtown connecting many major cities, but if you are trying to get around Salvador city itself, the best way is to take a local bus or a taxi. The old city centre is small enough to see on foot but be sure to take the elevator between the upper and lower levels.

  • Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport services Salvador
  • Buses and taxis for travelling in town
  • Some streets are not safe; stick to police patrolled areas where possible

General Information

The beautiful city of Salvador, Bahia has it all. Brazil's Capital da Alegria is home to genuine culture, a gorgeous peninsula coastline and perhaps the most vibrant city populace in the country. The fact that the temperature in Salvador seldom dips below 22°C is a great attribute as well. Indeed, the 3 million people that live here are among the most fortunate in South America.

It starts in Salvador with a world record Carnaval, a massive pre-Lent celebration that lures more than 2 million people in the streets to dance, sweat and party to the native vibes of Axé, Bahia Funk and Samba-reggae music. The old center of Salvador has many terrific landmarks. From the Cathedral of Salvador to the Convent and Church of São Francisco, the colonial quarter is rife with history. Salvador has a famous culinary tradition as well, most evident in the superb restaurants, markets and food stalls that dot the city. Last but least, beach lovers will adore the sandy coastline of the bay of Todos os Santos.

Attractions & Activities


  • Cathedral of Salvador
  • Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
  • Convent and Church of São Francisco
  • Museu de Arte da Bahia
  • Mercado Modelo

  • Activities

  • Carnaval
  • Summer Festival
  • Farol Folia
  • Festa de Iemenja
  • Festa de São João

  • Restaurants & Nightlife


  • Maria Mata Mouro
  • Pelo Bistro
  • Axego
  • Ramma
  • Boi preto

  • Nightlife

  • Bahia Café
  • Lotus
  • Boteca da França
  • Boomerangue
  • Cantina da Lua

  • Climate

    Salvador has a beautiful tropical climate, with temperatures between 22°C and 30°C throughout the year and heavy rain between March and August.

    • Winter (December to February) 12-24°C
    • Spring (March to May) 13-31°C
    • Summer (June to September) 18-35°C
    • Fall (October to November) 17-32°C

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