Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia and in colonial times was the country's first capital. It's the most beautiful, swinging and exiting cities in Brazil.
Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia and in colonial times was the country's first capital. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful, swinging and exiting cities in Brazil. With more than two and a half million people it's among the country's five largest cities.
But it is not an exageration to say that in cultural terms, Salvador remains the number one. The African influence as a heritage of centuries of slavery can be seen and felt everywhere; the music, the dance, the cuisine, the religion, the arts and craft, and also in the ethnicity of its population. The historic quarter of Pelourinho boasts this rich African cultural heritage on every street.
Pelourinho was named after the function it had during the long dark years of slavery. It was a place where rebellious slaves were brutally punished in public. Now this part of town has been fully restored with a rainbow of vibrant colours and life goes on day and night.
There are many historic churches dating back to the Portuguese colonial era. But the''candomblé' and 'umbanda', the spiritual and religious influence that the slaves brought from Africa, has a strong presence.
Pelourinho is situated in the so called 'cidade alta' (upper town) that offers a spectacular view over the bay of Salvador.
It takes just a few seconds to get from the upper town to the lower town ('cidade baixa') using the famous Lacerda-lift. Here there is a huge handcraft market 'Modelo'.
Everything typical of Bahia is on sale; bikinis, football shirts, hammocks, traditional musical instruments and arts and crafts made from all sorts of materials. On the second floor is a nice cozy Bahian seafood restaurant with a lovely view over the bay.

From Imbassai it's easy to do a day-trip to Salvador (85 kilometers). It costs 100 euros for transport and a guide.