Salvador, Bahia | 7° Simpósio Brasileiro de Geologia do Diamante – Salvador – Bahia – 2018

Salvador, Bahia

Salvador is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Brazil. It has many attractions to suit all tastes: beaches and natural beauties, historical sites, which date back to the beginning of the Brazilian colonization, music, typical gastronomy, religion, the traditional “capoeira” dance, and the biggest “carnival” celebration in the world. It is among the sunniest cities in the world, with an annual average temperature of  75°F, and annual rainfall  of 2,200mm.

It is no wonder that Salvador is known as the capital of joy, welcoming visitors from all over the world with many smiles and offering the best and most surprising places.

The mixture of races, creeds and colors form the unique culture of Salvador, which is present in all parts of the city, throughout the year, and can be appreciated in the most diverse manifestations, such as capoeira, candomblé, percussion, dances and the carnival.

Salvador  has 2.9 million inhabitants (Source: IBGE Research Directorate – DPE – Coordination of Population and Social Indicators – COPIS), 39,000 Hotel beds, approximately 300 lodging facilities and more than 5,200 restaurants.

A great option to get to know the city is to take the “Salvador bus” which offers a regular sightseeing service in the city on comfortable two-story air conditioned buses; the Salvador “Coruja”, a program launched by the city hall, provides bus lines throughout the night to serve the lovers of the night and the large young population that goes to the festivals and great musical shows that take place all year round.

Interesting places to visit near Salvador include:

A tour of Salvador’s churches is a must for those who wish to understand Brazil’s history. The main ones are located in the Historical Center- Pelourinho; the Basilica Cathedral; Convent and Church of São Francisco; Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Church of Nossa Senhora Conceição da Praia; Museum of Sacred Art, in the Convent of Santa Tereza; Museum of Modern Art – MAM; Carlos Costa Pinto Museum; Feira de São Joaquim; Model Market (Mercado Modelo); Lacerda Elevator; sunset at Ponta de Humaitá and the Tainheiros Cove; Barra Lighthouse and Nautical Museum; Itapuã, with the traditional fair and the new municipal market, where is located the mysterious Lagoa do Abaeté, residence of  Oxum, in the candomblé, Orixá of the sweet waters; the Dyke of Tororó, with the statues of Orixá and much more:

São Joaquim Fair – The open-air fair is spread over ten blocks, in 22 streets, a space of more than 60 thousand square meters. There is 7,500 fairgrounds in more than four thousand boxes, selling typical foods (rapadura, dry shrimp, tapioca), seasonings, sacred and medicinal leaves, religious articles, mainly candomblé, straw and ceramic handicrafts, fruits, vegetables, fish and even live animals, brought from different parts of Bahia.

Mercado Modelo – A traditional handicraft center in Bahia. Considered one of the main tourist attractions in the state capital of Bahia, Mercado Modelo brings together the most expressive of local traditions, from works of art naifee, performed by artists and artisans, to typical traditional food.

All that a modern and historical metropolis with natural vocation for tourism should offer and more those things that only Salvador can!

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