Enchanted by the Afro-Brazilian culture
Find out more about the must see and must eats in Salvador de Bahia.
“Better wait for the cab in the house, not at the street at night”, the colonial city Salvador de Bahia, was the capital of Brazil until 1763 and still enchants its visitors today with colourful colonial style houses in a class of their own. Every architecture fan really can’t get enough of this place, every street holds further styles and facets and details, indescribable.
In addition there are the traditionally dressed women in their huge and colorful dresses made of fine fabrics which are completed with a kind of crown made of the same fabrics on the head. Some walls are decorated with deep street arts, the word graffiti may awaken misconceptions here its more street art. On the street, young and old perform Capoeira to traditional music. The Afro Brazilian culture can be felt here as strongly as nowhere else on the journey. We notice this by the fact that we are quite noticable. On our other stops through Brazil we were not really recognized as tourists, so it was a new experience for us.
Already before the trip to Salvador we were warned by all Brazilians to watch out in that city. In certain areas of Salvador, as in many parts of Brazil, poverty exists alongside wealth, but you should be particularly attentive in the evening. We were asked obtrusively by people for money and were also held at arms, the police order is in the city center clearly higher. During the day we felt very well, Tuesdays after the holy church day we were not quite queasy in some lanes and we didn’t want to risk anything on the last day in Brazil. Nevertheless the people with whom we talked were very friendly.
What to do? What to eat?
Acareje, you can get one of the best at the Acarejé de Kira, for example. SO DELICIOUS!
You can find a beautiful beach with a lighthouse here, Porto e Farol de Barra, Av. Sete de Setembro 3713.
The Cidade Baixa, Lower City, was separated from the Cidade Alta, Upper City, by an earthquake. To reconnect the districts there is a nice old fashioned tram “Elevator Lecerda” which goes up the mountain or you can take the elevator for 0,15 Centauros per person. If you leave the elevator at the bottom and cross the street, you get to the market “Mercado Modelo” where you can buy great works of art, tobacco and the colorful Fitinhas in packs of 10 for 1 Reais.
We attach the acquired coloured ribbons to the gates of the Basilica do Senhor do Bonfirm on “blessed Tuesday”. They should bring luck, if you believe in it. The ribbons can be seen here decorating all doorways, wrists and car mirrors. And now our backpacks also have a little colourful touch.
The best and biggest (we can confirm this) ice cream of the city can be found in the Sorveteria de Ribeira. There are apparently more than 100? Varieties, perfect if you already can’ t decide at 20. You can also try them, because then you have to finish 0,5kg (exaggerated) of your chosen flavor. The selected varieties taste very good but also very sweet. The balls are so big that the waffle gives way underneath and collapses after some time, you just have to be fast enough 😉 or take a cup.
The sunset can be watched wonderfully near the Museum of Modern Art. There is often live music.
As already mentioned, the best way to celebrate blessed Tuesday is in Pelo, either in front of the Curch of São Francisco in a restaurant with live music or further down in the alleys of Pelhourino. Here you should simply bring an extra portion of caution with you.
No city for one day
There are so many other things to discover. Unfortunately we had no time for a walking tour or further museum visit.