‘Salvador da Bahia’

Not all Brazilians are cariocas

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How many times have we heard or read about Brazil as “the carioca country” or a Brazilian referred to as a carioca when he may perfectly be from Sao Paulo? We would need plenty of hands with their fingers to count them. Let’s set the record straight once and for all: Carioca means a natural of Rio de Janeiro and should be used only for those born in that city, the capital of the namesake state. Those born in Rio de Janeiro state are called fluminenses, just the way paulistas are those born in the state of Sao Paulo and…

Ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Tick-tock-tick-tock. Time is running out as the clock keeps ticking ahead. The Olympic Games are right around the corner! The 2016 Olympics in Rio, scheduled for August 5 to 21, will be the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. Over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected. In 17 days there will be 306 medals up for grabs, 161 male events, 136 female events and 9 events open to both men and women, altogether 42 sports that will include two novelties: Golf, a sport that returns to the Olympics after 112 years, and Rugby, which is back…

Discovering the Modelo Market in Salvador de Bahia

The heart of the Pelourinho District in Salvador de Bahia houses the largest artisan market in Brazil, surprising thanks to its neo-classic construction, having been rebuilt twice after the fires of 1969 and 1984, the second time around conserving the building’s original style. It is located at Cayru, in the lower city of Salvador, near the well-known Lacerda Elevator and the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia. Modelo Market, with over 250 outlets, features the best creations of the African and Brazilian cultures and traditions. Originally largely a food market, today what they sell the most are the…

Gastronomic delicacies of Praia do Forte that you’ve got to try out.

Praia do Forte is one of the most attractive destinations in Brazil.  It features white sands and crystal clear water surrounded by coconut trees, with all kinds of water sports and activities, luxury hotels, natural flora and fauna reserves including turtles and whales, the exotic Brazilian culture and the history of the Portuguese colonization in the Americas… It is undoubtedly a new, wonderful destination where you can enjoy a superb vacation. But you can’t get to know a place fully if you don’t enjoy its cuisine. You have to try out the typical dishes of Praia do Forte.  There are…

8 ‘essentials’ of Salvador da Bahia

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Gastronomy, religion, popular festivities, architecture and handicrafts… there is nothing worth missing in Salvador da Bahia. All these things stand out for being a mixture of influences from various races, generations and sources of wisdom, making Salvador a city filled with contrasts that will always fascinate visitors. With this panorama it is hard to choose, but here is a list of essentials for the general public, not to be taken as an order of preference. Elevador Lacerda An imposing steel structure incorporating an elevator that connects the Upper City and the Lower City in just 30 seconds. It transports 28,000…

Spend your best New Year’s Eve in Brazil

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The New Year in Brazil is closely linked to the sea. While in the northern hemisphere we celebrate New Year’s Eve warmly clad to shelter ourselves from the cold, Brazil chooses its beaches as the most emblematic place to commemorate this festivity. Every city and every region have their own way of celebrating it but the famous feast of Réveillon is especially spectacular in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia. The fireworks on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, which light up the sky for over 15 minutes, are world famous, and there are also plenty of musical performances…

Vacation in Brazil

Here is a lively video by Javidevitt on his vacation in Brazil. It is one of those videos that seems to be designed to make us turn green with envy. At least that’s what happened to me. What do you think? https://vimeo.com/20187108     “A vacation in Brazil is full of charm. The fine sandy beaches, the natural beauty, carnival, the great cultural variety, the delicious cuisine and especially the sweetness of its people will seduce you. The hotels in Brazil of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts allow tourists to experience irresistible emotions during their vacation in Brazil.”      

Tips to enjoy your vacation with kids in Brazil

If you are planning a family vacation with kids in Brazil, here are a few tips for a perfect balance between rest and fun. Travelling with children requires greater precaution and planning than for an adult-only trip. · Before leaving make sure everyone in the family is up to date with their vaccines. For children under 6 to enter Brazil they must be vaccinated against polio. Although the urban areas of Brazil are free of malaria and yellow fever, in rural and forest areas (preferred destinations for families) these diseases pose a risk for those who are not protected by…

The spectacular Igreja de São Francisco in Pelourinho

Salvador da Bahia, former capital of Brazil, owes part of its fame to its music, architecture and its African-influenced cuisine. Known as the ‘capital of joy’ thanks to its exuberant carnival week, Salvador is plentiful in contemporary music and art, against the backdrop of architecture that remains unaltered since the 17th century. In the historical quarter of Salvador da Bahia, Pelourinho, there is virtually a church at every corner, but if you can only visit one you have to see the Igreja de São Francisco. It is at the Praça José de Anchieta, nearly opposite the largest church, la Sé,…

Advantages of visiting Brazil in the month of August

When most Europeans are on vacation, Brazil experiences its low season. And while this might seem an inconvenience, it turns out to be a great advantage! It is true that there are areas of the country which, if you are not a lover of rain and low temperatures, it is best to avoid. But many others come more than recommended, and moreover, you will not bump into tourists at every turn, the prices in hotels, bars, restaurants etc. will be lower, and that is always welcome, right? Those who do not chase beaming sunshine every day, prefer cooler temperatures and…