Salvador is a distinctive city that still wears its colonial origins; African and Portuguese influences are everywhere, especially in the Pelourhino. This historical centre is famed for its churches and brightly coloured colonial buildings that have made it a World Heritage Site. A few more colours will be added to this vibrant city when the World Cup kicks off in June. Spain v Netherlands gets the group stages going on 13th, followed by Germany v Portugal on 16th. Four days later Switzerland take on France before Bosnia-Herzegovina play Iran on 25th. On 1st July, the winner of group H will take on the group G runner-up, while four days later Salvador will host a quarter final tie.
World Cup accommodation in Salvador features a good selection of beachfront apartments and villas. At the upper end of the market, there’s a duplex penthouse with private pool, maid service, beach access and private garage – though it comes at premium. Affordable apartments are also available within 100 metres of the beach, however, as well as town houses equipped with games room and all the conveniences the modern traveller could wish for. For those who prefer a more traditional abode, the old town has grand colonial houses that are brightly painted and full of character.
Tourists spending their holidays in Salvador will find that they are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding things to do when in Brazil’s 3rd largest city. Beach lovers are well catered for here - Salvador boasts over 30 miles of coastline. This means that there are beaches for all activities. There are coves sheltered by reefs, ideal for children’s bathing or for snorkelling. There are also long stretches of beach exposed to the Atlantic, ideal for surfers and more lively water sports activities. Visitors looking in indulge in some retail therapy will be pleased to discover that the city is well endowed with shopping malls and centres. These include Shopping Iguatemi, Shopping Paralela and Salvador Shopping to name but a few.
Visitors spending their holidays in Salvador who wish to discover the city’s long and varied history may wish to visit the city’s Historic Centre. Here visitors will find a wealth of brightly coloured colonial style buildings, along with a number of architecturally fascinating churches and palaces, earning the whole area UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Salvador also boasts numerous museums, displaying a diverse range of subjects which reflect the city’s cultural and historic heritage. Of particular interest is the Museu de Arte de Bahia, where collections of paintings, porcelain and artefacts from the 17th and 18th century are displayed. The Museu de Cidade is also well worth a visit, with its large collection of artefacts reflecting the city’s long history and heritage.
Visitors spending their holidays in Salvador will discover that the city enjoys a tropical rainforest type climate. Average temperatures in the early to mid 30s degrees Celsius, as well as the warm and humid conditions are relatively constant throughout the year. The city receives an average annual rainfall of around 75 inches.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Salvador will need to first fly to Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport(GIG). British Airways operate regular flights here from London Heathrow (LHR). They will then need to take one of the many connecting flights to Salvador International Airport (SSA).