THE HISTORIC CENTRE AND BEACHES OF SALVADOR
Sightseeing, Swimming, Lunch not included
An unmissable opportunity to explore the beauty of Salvador de Bahia’s city centre, take a refreshing dip in the waters of one of its sensational beaches and for a bit of shopping at Mercado Modelo.
What we will see
- Praça Municipal
- Rua da Misericordia
- Museum and Church of Mercy
- Praça da Sé
- Terreiro de Jesus
- Dique do Tororó
- Orixás statues Sightseeing tour of the beaches
- Corredor da Vitória
- Barra neighbourhood
- Farol de Itapuã
- Vinicius de Morais sculpture
- Mercado Modelo
What we will do
- We take a stroll through the city centre, passing by Praça Municipal and Rua da Misericordia, from where we can admire the façades of the Museum and Church of Mercy.
- We cross the renowned Praça da Sé square before reaching Pelourinho, the most famous historic city centre in Brazil recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1984.
- We then have some free time before visiting the large Terreiro de Jesus square with its five Catholic churches and typical colonial buildings and heading back to our coach in the lower part of the city through the historical Pelourinho streets.
- From there, our sightseeing tour of Salvador's beaches starts. We see Dique do Tororó, an amazing lagoon where we can admire the imposing statues of Orixás, divinities from the Afro-Christian religious syncretism. We continue towards Corredor da Vitória as far as the renowned Barra neighbourhood, which develops along the beach named after the port. It is here that the Portuguese founders first arrived and it boasts fortresses dating back to the Portuguese colonial era. We head north along the coast passing some amazing beaches as far as the Itapuã neighbourhood, where we take a few pictures of the Farol de Itapuã (Itapuã lighthouse) and of the lifesize sculpture of the famous Brazilian poet and composer Vinicius de Morais.
- Once on the beach, we stop for a refreshing dip or simply to relax enveloped by the lively Brazilian summer.
- Before going back to the ship, we make one last stop at Mercado Modelo a local craft centre where we can do some shopping.
What you need to know
- The excursion involves walking on uneven ground, it is therefore recommended to wear comfortable shoes and cool clothes.
- Do not forget to bring swimwear, a towel and sun cream.