10/04

Alternative 3 Day itinerary in Salvador

Salvador is a city highly sought after by tourists from all over the world who come to know a little about our rich culture and history. But the best-known attractions are always in evidence, and sometimes visiting not-so-famous places can be a unique and must-see experience.
 
 That's why we have prepared a 3-day guide with an alternative itinerary for you to enjoy the best of your stay in Salvador
Day 1
 
 Pelourinho is the most famous tourist spot in Salvador, but there are attractions that often go unnoticed by visitors who visit only the most famous places (which are also worth visiting).
 To begin with, the Church Ordem Terceira do São Francisco, with its façade richly decorated making it a unique case in Brazil. The visitation can be done in its internal part and it even has a small museum.
 Continuing on our tour, we will be able to visit the Benin House, a space that gathers a great collection of African art and culture, as well as the Bahian Gastronomy Museum, the first in Latin America to be totally dedicated to gastronomy.
 After having lunch in one of the excellent restaurants that the Pelourinho has to offer, it is time to visit the Church and Museum of Misericordia, installed in a Palace of the seventeenth century that already housed the first hospital of the city: it has a rich collection, composed of 3,874 pieces. It is a legacy of 469 years of history, with works that contextualize from the seventeenth century to the present day.
 To finish the day, there is nothing better than to watch a presentation of the Folkloric Ballet of Bahia, with a lot of dance and music, in the Miguel Santana Theater.
Day 2
 
To start the day, we head straight for the traditional neighborhood of Barra. There is the most famous and trendy beach in the center of Salvador, the Porto da Barra beach. But very close to Porto's Beach is possible to meet interesting exhibitions in the Fort San Diogo (Carybé Space of Arts) and Fort Santa Maria (Pierre Verger Space of Photography). The exhibits are focused on interactivity and modern projections.
 After visiting the beautiful neighborhood of Barra, it is time to go to the bohemian neighborhood of Rio Vermelho, a place very frequented by the locals and where is the old house of the Bahian writer Jorge Amado, which today has become a museum to tell a little of history of the writer and Zélia Gattai, his wife, for 40 years. The name of the museum is the "A Casa do Rio Vermelho".
 To finish the day, we recommend Largo de Santana, where it is possible to visit the fisherman colony of Rio Vermelho and the image of Yemanjá. Soon after, the tip is to taste a delicious Acarajé or Abará with an incredible view to the sea.
 
Day 3
 
The day begins with a visit to the Dique do Tororó, where eight sculptures of Orixás float in the water mirror. Very close to the Fonte Nova Arena soccer stadium, which is open for public visitation. 
Then making a visit (by appointment) to one of the 16 Candomblé terreiros nearby is suggested. Highlight for the "Terreiro da Casa Branca", one of the oldest in Brazil, located at Av. Vasco da Gama.
 In the afternoon we continue to the Vitoria neighborhood, where you can find several interesting museums such as the Bahia Art Museum and the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum, which depict the history of the colonial period in Bahia. Or the Geological Museum of Bahia, which contains one of the largest collections of minerals, crystals and precious stones of Bahia.
 Next, we recommend a visit to Nossa Senhora da Vitória Church, whose original church was built in 1561, being considered the second oldest church in Brazil.
 Finally, a visit to the Palace of the Arts, an art museum that combines a mansion from 1912, a modern wing, garden with works by Rodin and a outdoor cafe.