Salvador and the Bahia Coast Sights

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Salvador 30

Boipeba 5

Parque Nacional Chapada Diamantina 5

Lençois 5

The Marau Peninsula 4

Cachoeira 3

Praia do Forte 3

Arraial d'Ajuda 3

North Coast Beaches 2

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Elevador Lacerda

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

For a few centavos, ascend 236 feet in about a minute in the world's first urban elevator, which runs between Praça Visconde de Cayrú...

Feira de São Joaquim

  • Market/Bazaar

A visit to this all-encompassing daily market, the largest in the state, is a headfirst dive into Bahian culture. Dress down and wander...

Forte de Santo Antonio Além do Carmo

  • Educational Institution

While this fort set at the end of Rua Direita de Santo Antonio may not win prizes for its architecture, its real draw is as a center...

Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra

  • Museum/Gallery

A symbol of Salvador, St. Anthony's Fort has stood guard over Salvador since its construction in 1534, and is recognized as Brazil's...

Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

  • Library/Archive

This colonial mansion set on the Pelourinho provides a glimpse into the life, work, and inspiration of Bahia's best beloved writer, Jorge...

Fundação Pierre Verger Gallery

  • Museum/Gallery

At this gallery dedicated to the works of renowned French photographer Pierre Verger you can catch a rotating selection of his captivating...

Guarajuba

  • Beach–Sight

With palm trees and calm waters banked by a reef, this is the nicest beach of them all, preferable to the bustle of Praia do Forte's...

Igatú

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A steep 6-km (4-mile) cobblestone road connects the BA 142 highway with the village of Igatú, a former boomtown of the 19th century...

Igreja São Domingos de Gusmão da Ordem Terceira

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The baroque Church of the Third Order of St. Dominic (1731) houses a collection of carved processional saints and other sacred objects.

Igreja da Ordem de Terceiro do Carmo

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This gilded baroque splendor from 1702 rivals the interior of Salvador's São Francisco; watch, too, for the white and blue Portuguese...

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