Salvador da Bahia

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Salvador – First capital city of Brazil

Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches.

More importantly, Salvador is the nexus of an incredible arts movement. Wild festivals happen frequently, with drum corps pounding out powerful rhythms against the backdrop of colonial buildings almost daily. At night, capoeira circles form on plazas and open spaces, while the scent of acarajé (bean and shrimp fritters) and other African delights fills the evening air. Elsewhere in town, a different spirit flows through the crowd as religious followers celebrate and reconnect with African gods at mystical Candomblé ceremonies. In fact, there’s no other place in the world where descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage as well as in Salvador – from music and religion to food, dance and martial-arts traditions.

Aside from the many attractions within Salvador, gorgeous coastline lies right outside the city – a suitable introduction to the tropical splendor of Bahia.


Salvador is the best place to learn Portuguese and be in touch with the vibrant amazing Brazilian culture. In the morning you can take Portuguese courses at BrazilLink and in the afternoon you can study the Brazilian history and culture.

Salvador has the largest airport in the northeast of Brazil with around 240 flights from all over the country. The airport is as well as international connections to Europe and North and South America.

The northern coast of Salvador has many fine hotels and resorts of international standard. The weather is kind all year – the sun always shines and even when it rains there is plenty to do.

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“O povo é doce, acolhedor e ruidoso, mas também dotado de certa timidez, fruto da mistura de portugueses e negros. Nesta cidade onde se conversa muito, sopra uma aragem marítima constante e o tempo ainda não adquiriu a velocidade dos grandes centros urbanos. A topografia é privilegiada: situada entre o mar e o morro, divide-se em Cidade Alta e Cidade Baixa e se abre para o mar”

Jorge Amado, Bahia de Todos os Santos

“The people are gentle, welcoming and exuberant, yet shy because of the mingling of Portuguese and African blood. A constant sea breeze caresses this boisterous town where time does not rush like it does in other big cities. Nestling in a prime location between sea and mountain, it is divided into the Upper Town and the Lower Town which both face the ocean”

Jorge Amado, Bahia de Todos os Santos