Located in Todos os Santos Bay, Salvador de Bahía was the Southern Hemisphere’s main port until the eighteenth century and the country’s capital until 1763. It is estimated that approximately two million slaves were brought from Africa until slavery was abolished in 1888. This explains the African influence that can be seen all around.

Nature is another favorite word in Salvador de Bahía. From Costa de los Cocoteros in the north to Costa Ballena in the south, you will find canyons, forests, rivers, waterfalls, beaches and much more.  With idyllic scenery for adventure sports and lush wildlife, the beaches of Salvador offer wide ecological diversity: from small coves and open sea beaches to those surrounded by coral reefs forming natural swimming pools.  With a coastline over 50 km long, you have plenty of beaches to choose from.

Salvador de Bahía, with its topography composed of hills and valleys, is divided into the “upper town” and the “lower town”, connected via the world famous Lacerda elevator and the cable car known as the Plano Inclinado Gonçalves. The Historical Center – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – includes thousands of colonial houses and buildings dating from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

In particular, don’t miss Sé Square, the Municipal Square, the Palace of the Archbishop, the Museum of Religious Art or the Ajuda Church, to name but a few of the most interesting places to visit.

Salvador de Bahia is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It is among the happiest, most stimulating and culturally diverse cities you will ever find in South America.   An unmissable part of any trip to Brazil.


“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 5-star, all-inclusive vacation complexes in Salvador de Bahía:  the IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte  and the IBEROSTAR BahíaBoth hotels offer guests the ideal Brazilian vacation and beautiful natural surroundings. These luxurious lodgings provide comfort, a wide variety of bars and restaurants, spa centers, pools and a full program of leisure and sports activities. “