Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Ponta dos Castelhanos

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    Named in honor of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast in 1535, this postcard-perfect deserted beach fringed in coconut palms offers good...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Boca da Barra

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    The closest beach to Boipeba's small town, Velha Boipeba, is also the island's busiest, dotted with pousadas and beachfront restaurants serving...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by and for slaves between 1704 and 1796, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos has finally won acclaim outside the local Afro...Read More

  • 7. Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Set atop a hill as the Itapagibe Peninsula extends into the bay, Salvador's iconic Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bomfim is well worth the 8-km ...Read More

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  • 8. Igreja São Domingos de Gusmão da Ordem Terceira

    Terreiro de Jesus | 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. Such...Read More

  • 9. Palácio Rio Branco

    Pelourinho | House/Mansion/Villa

    See where it all began at this neoclassic beauty, constructed on the site of Brazil's first government building. Dating back to 1549, the Palace...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Praia Corsário

    Jardim Pituaçu | Beach–Sight

    One of the nicest beaches along Avenida Oceánica is Praia Corsário, a long stretch packed on weekends with a younger crowd. Strong waves make...Read More

  • 12. Praia da Cueira

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    A 40-minute walk along the sand from Boca da Barra, following the jungle track after Praia Tassimirim, is the immense curved Bay of Cueira,...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Praia Itapuã

    Itapuã | Beach–Sight

    Frequented by the artists who live in the neighborhood, the Itapuã Beach has an eclectic atmosphere. There are food kiosks—including Acarajé...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Rio Serrano

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the region's most popular hiking trails runs along a section of Rio Lençóis called Rio Serrano. It's surrounded by exuberant forest,...Read More

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