Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil with a population of over 3 million people. The Portuguese religious meaning of Salvador is “City of Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints”. The city is well known for being a relaxed tourist destination and sometimes referred to as the “Capital of Happiness”.
Most think of Rio de Janeiro when the word carnival is mentioned in Brazil but it is actually Salvador that claims the world’s biggest street carnival the Salvador da Bahia. As officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records the carnival attracts more than 2 million people every year. There are so many other carnivals happening right throughout the year that Salvador could easily claim the award of “Party Capital of the World”.
Apart from street parties, carnivals and musical festivals there is also a wonderful world of history and culture to discover. Salvador was founded on the 29th March 1549 and is the oldest colonial capital of Brazil. One of the most popular historical attractions includes the São Francisco Church and Covent. Established and built in 1686 the church is impeccable in grandeur and architecture.
More superb architecture can be found in the Historic Centre of Salvador. Listed as a World heritage precinct, the historical buildings date back to 16th century and all are a fine example of Portuguese architecture that has influenced the Brazilian culture.
The beaches of Salvador are another drawcard in attracting tourists to the city. With one of the longest coastlines for any city in Brazil, Salvador is perfect for the holiday beach lifestyle. The most popular tourist seaside spots include the Porta da Barra Beach and Ordina Beach.
For a great view the best place to go is the Elevador Lacerda. The elevator has four cages and connects the lower city with the Thomé de Souza upper city square.
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