Unmissable sights in Salvador


Yes, there are many sights and tours in Salvador that can be done even during Carnival, or in spite of it.

Salvador offers many sophisticated entertainment options during Carnival, such as beach clubs, haute cuisine, panoramic views, among other activities.


It is a great option for those looking for a different and exclusive experience during the party.


It is a way of not missing out on the opportunity to get to know the traditions of Brazilian culture. Salvador is a city that lives the black culture, rocked by the afoxé.

Sights and tours in the city

Barra Ondina by boat

So, let's enjoy Barra-Ondina by boat? For those who want more privacy, it is possible to rent a speedboat or boat and follow the circuit. There are companies that make packages for groups, but it's better to book in advance!

Most boats leave from Bahia Marina, close to the Campo Grande circuit. You can enjoy the blocks and see an amazing sunset before heading back to the marina and many other sights.

All Saints Bay


Watching the sunset over the Baía de Todos os Santos is amazing! The bay is beautiful and the sun setting there is amazing. The sea, the sky and the boats form an unforgettable scenario.

You can watch the sunset on the beach or at the DAS (restaurant) or at Hidden, a traveling bar.

Beautiful beach without overcrowding

Want an uncrowded beach? Flamengo beach is one of the most popular in Salvador. It is further north and is quieter to spend the day. Crystalline waters, calm sea (depending on the tide) and light waves. There are even tents, which are like beach clubs and they are in most tourist spots.

Know the Inclined Plane

It is a means of transport that runs on rails fixed to a concrete structure and can take passengers and loads from places that are more difficult to access.

It is considered a tour or one of the tourist spots because there is no other like it in Brazil.

The Lacerda Elevator

Considered the first urban elevator in the world and it is still active, carrying thousands of people every day.

Did you know that Salvador is a single city, but has two parts? There is Cidade Baixa, which is the port area and has the Mercado Modelo, and Cidade Alta, which is where Pelourinho is located, in the Historic Center. The elevator connects these points and is also on the list of tourist spots to visit.

Our Lord of Bonfim Church

The church Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus do Bonfim in Salvador was built in the mid-18th century to house the image of Senhor Bom Jesus. It is one of the main tourist and religious spots in the city and attracts many devotees, tourists and pilgrims.

In addition, the famous Senhor do Bonfim ribbons have been super popular since the beginning of the 19th century.

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Parade of the Afro blocks – Bahian root culture

The Afro blocks are responsible for bringing a mixture of colors, rhythms and faith to the avenue, inspired by African ancestry.

Drumming, colorful costumes, dancing and contagious joy are the hallmarks of the Afro blocks, which for many years have drawn thousands through the streets of Salvador. His afoxés are the representation of black culture in Bahia.

– Pelourinho: Blocos Afro Olodum and Banda Didá

– Liberdade: Afro Blocks Ilê Aiyê and Muzenza

– Itapuã: Afro Malê Ballet Block

– Periperi: Afro Araketu Block

– Pirajá: Bloco Afro Cortejo Afro

Afoxé Filhos de Gandhy

Created in 1974, in Bairro da Liberdade, by two friends who decided to form a carnival association of only black people. Thus was born Ilê Aiyê. In the culture of the block, fighting racism is indisputable.

The rhythm is marked by percussion instruments: atabaque, surdo, repique, timbau and snare drum.


Bloco Olodum was born in 1979, in Pelourinho. He became one of the greatest representatives of Bahian and Afro-Brazilian culture throughout the world. It gained worldwide expression when it was part of a clip by the singer Michael Jackson. However, in Brazil, it was already a tradition at Carnival.

In addition to the drumming of different types of drums, the block creates original choreographies and in costumes a lot of color and body painting already characteristic of the group.

Afro Block Ara Ketu

Block was founded in 1980 in Periperi. Their colors are: blue and white. Its most significant composer is the musician Carlinhos Brown. In the block, the strength is the combination of musical rhythms that have been mixing and forming new rhythms. On drums, the surdo-de-marcação generates the touch, followed by the surdo-de-repique, rattles, tambourines, tambourines and boxes.

So, to experience Carnaval in Salvador without making these visits is to miss out on a great opportunity. Get organized and have a great tour.

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