Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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  • 1. Casa do Rio Vermelho

    Rio Vermelho | Educational Institution

    Dedicated to the life and work of Salvador’s favorite son, author Jorge Amado, this museum is one of the city’s star attractions for both literary...Read More

  • 2. Morro de Pai Inácio

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The icon of Chapada Diamantina, this tabletop mountain sits at 1,120 meters (3,675 feet) above sea level and provides a spectacular 360-degree...Read More

  • 3. Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM)

    Comércio | Museum/Gallery

    When Italian-Brazilian modernist architect Lina do Bardi set about transforming this 17th-century private fazenda overlooking the sea, she created...Read More

  • 4. Ponta de Mutá

    Beach–Sight

    Make for one of the beach bars that line the sand to watch Barra Grande's legendary sunset. The calm waters also make this a good choice for...Read More

  • 5. Praia de Algodões

    Beach–Sight

    This breathtaking beach is said to earn its name from the cresting waves that look like balls of cotton— algodão means cotton in Portuguese...Read More

  • 6. Ribeirão do Meio Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A visit to this waterfall, set within a verdant valley 3½ km (2 miles) from the center of Lençóis, is one of the most pleasant ways to spend...Read More

  • 7. Vila Rosa

    Educational Institution

    A visit to this impeccably restored 1930s fazenda is like stepping back in time to the golden age of the cacao boom. The cocoa plantation hosts...Read More

  • 8. Cachoeira da Fumaça

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the most popular hikes in the national park leads to the country's tallest waterfall, 1,312-foot Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Waterfall...Read More

  • 9. Cachoeira de Tremembé

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the best ways to explore the peninsula is to join a boat trip or hire a private boat to explore the tropical islands, verdant coastline...Read More

  • 10. Centro Cultural Dannemann

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Cross over the rustic wooden bridge to the small town of São Félix set across the water to pay a visit to Centro Cultural Dannemann. This cultural...Read More

  • 11. Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra

    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 oldest...Read More

  • 12. Lapa Doce Cave

    Cave

    A 15-minute hike takes you down to the mouth of the Lapa Doce cave, where you will see a stunning collection of large stalagmites, stalactites...Read More

  • 13. Papa Gente

    Praia do Forte | Beach–Sight

    Swim or snorkel in the crystal clear (and safe) waters of the Papa Gente, a 3-meter- (10-foot-) deep natural pool formed by reefs at the ocean...Read More

  • 14. Parque Nacional Chapada Diamantina

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Established in 1985, the 1,520-square-km (593-square-mile) national park is one of the most scenic places in Brazil. Here you can find crystal...Read More

  • 15. Praia de Bainema

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    A 20-minute walk along a lovely trail that winds between the forest and the beach from Moreré, this deserted beach’s long stretch of golden...Read More

  • 16. Praia de Pitanga

    Beach–Sight

    While often busy, the calm, warm waters at this long beach framed in multicolored cliffs make it a winner with families, while the many beach...Read More

  • 17. Praia do Flamengo

    Stella Maris | Beach–Sight

    Clean sand, simple kiosks, and a beautiful view make this long stretch of golden sand a favorite among good-looking locals and surfers drawn...Read More

  • 18. Praia do Porto da Barra

    Barra | Beach–Sight

    This popular beach in Barra draws a wide variety of sunseekers from across the city and is a convenient option if you're staying in the hotel...Read More

  • 19. Praia Stella Maris

    Stella Maris | Beach–Sight

    One of the northernmost beaches in the Salvador municipality, Praia Stella Maris's long stretch of sand is ever-popular with families in spite...Read More

  • 20. Projeto Tamar

    Praia do Forte | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The headquarters of this nationwide turtle preservation project, established in 1980, has turned what was once a small, struggling fishing village...Read More

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