The largest city on the east coast of Brazil, Salvador has a truly unique
atmosphere. Its historical links with the west coast of Africa, the sugar industry and the slave trade (which was finally abolished in 1888) have resulted in a Brazilian and African cultural fusion at every level.
Everything seems more vibrant here, even when compared to Rio. The Bahians are famous for their music, unique style, dance (Capoeira), food (Moqueca, a tasty seafood stew) and religion (Candomble). Capoeira is a specific dance from Salvador, and is a sort of martial art combined with dance but essentially it was born out of defense. Salvador even has its own carnival that rivals that of Rio.
Salvador’s historic centre, known as the Pelourinho is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets and main triangular ‘square’ Largo de Pelhourino. The name comes from Portuguese for whipping post which hints at its dark history as a slave market. Major restoration work in the 1990s has helped to make this area a tourist attraction, which is now a hub for cultural and artistic attractions, restaurants and bars. A picturesque inclined road that leads away from the upper city is dotted with pousadas and is the best spot to stay in Salvador as everything is within walking distance.
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