Porto de Barra is one of the popular beaches in Salvador which was the place of European’s first settlement. The beach is always crowded and busy. Farol de Barra is known for the lighthouse and is a rock beach. Surfing, family beach and rock pools are some of the exciting activities which can be done, on this beach. Abaete Lagoon was used in the past, for laundry. It is a dark lagoon surrounded by white sand.
The colonial lighthouse, Farol da Barra, was built in 1534 and was an important fortress of Portuguese, to protect the city. The lighthouse has a museum with historical naval findings and artifacts from shipwrecks. The 18th century stone courtyard, Solar do Unhao, has a modern art gallery, garden with sculptures and a best place to catch the sunset.
The Praca Tome de Souza is an expansive square with a fountain, capoeira dancers and church. The Palacio Rio Branco in the square is one of the oldest palaces in Brazil, built in the 16th century. The tourists can view the bay from the square. Nosso Senhor do Bomfirm is a church, built by Portuguese sailors. The church was built as a gesture to save the crew from the storm. The captain sacrificed his life to save the crew and he is buried in front of the main altar in the church. The church is believed to have healing powers. The Iron Gate in front of the church has many good luck ribbons tied on it.
The colorful building, amazing churches and cobble streets make the old city, Pelourinho worth visiting. There is an old slave auction spot in the city. Volcan de San Miguel is a 2130m volcano that is climbed only in the dry months. The road to the volcano starts with coffee plantation in footpaths used by the workers in the coffee field. Salto El Cubo is a waterfall of 15 meters and has water flow all round the year.
The botanical garden, Plan de La Laguna is a cool botanical garden at the bottom of a volcanic crater. The garden is veined with cement and gravel paths and the plants and trees provide shade to the visitors. The military history museum has a display of rifles, grenades launchers, flame throwers, machine guns, radio and night vision equipments. The trucks, tanks and helicopters are also on display. The museum also has a relief map of the city measuring 34m x 19m highlighting roads, volcanoes, cities and rivers.
The nightlife in the city is a combination of dance venues, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, café, live music, clubs and DJs. Every night, more than twenty bands stage their performances. The beach reflects the enjoyment of nightlife with parties, sea foods, kiosks and other entertainments.
Rua gregorio de Matos is the best place for souvenir hunting. There are many malls and shopping centers that sell both the local and general fashion goods.