Bahia is known as the soul of Brazil…
The cities of Salvador de Bahia, Cachoeira and Lençóis, home to magnificent architectural and cultural heritage, are ideal to come and experience the home of Afro – Brazilian culture. With their many craftsmen, street musicians and “capoeiristas,” here you will find a unique and joyous atmosphere. Join the jubilant Bahian women in their traditional dress and you will be dancing and smiling before you know it!
As one of the best tourist destinations in Brazil, there are many varied options in terms of spending your time here. You will find an array of different cultural and nature oriented activities and events for all ages. Also, Bahia offers the chance to immerse yourself in the soul of Afro – Brazilian culture and its famous festivities, about which only the locals can share the secrets!
Vacation Packages in the state of Bahia
Discover the cultural region of Salvador de Bahia
Salvador is truly the center for cultural attractions in Brazil, however nature is never far behind. Our Bahia vacation packages are designed to combine a cultural vacation, of rich architectural and artistic heritage, with an exploration of Bahian nature and its fabulous landscapes.
Along the Bahian coast you will find a string of heavenly beaches lined with coconut trees and protected by coral reefs, these are natural refuges for rare animals such as sea turtles. Inland, the “chapadas” or plateaus, dotted with crystal clear waterfalls, form “islands” of extraordinary greenery and biodiversity. They are a choice destination for walkers or hikers and also those who appreciate quiet and beautiful scenery.
Bahia is also a favourite destination for fans of culinary excellence. You will enjoy delicious Bahian cuisine with lots of fish, shrimp, and prawns cooked with dendê the local homemade palm oil. Favourites include the famous “Acarajé,” delicious shrimps fritters, or “Moqueca de Arraia,” a fish stew not to be missed!
A must-see tourist destination in Brazil
Salvador de Bahia is one of the most beautiful towns in Brazil. Perched on its headland, like a lookout dominating the bay or “bahia” in Portuguese, it reveals all its majesty when the rays of the setting sun caress its walls.
As the country’s first colonial capital, it has a rich history and an important heritage, both tangible and non-tangible, dating back to the early days of the American conquest. A land of human contrasts, it has created a mixed culture with roots from both sides of the Atlantic.
A fascinating land for historians and other anthropologists, such as Pierre Verger, or “Fátúmbí,” Salvador is a bewitching city full of beauty, magic and mystery. It is one of the last major cities in Brazil where the influence of strong traditional practice is still felt in everyday life. Take the famous Acaraje sellers, with their traditional costumes and their long pearl necklaces, for example.
Sound interesting ? Our local guides will take you to explore such places as the historical quarter of Pelourinho, that has been completely restored and dominates the bay from the cliffs above. This visit is one of the highlights of a vacation in this region.
The Praca da Se, is where you will find three ancient colonial churches, at the centre of the historical quarter. You may spot young athletic men and women dressed in white, jumping and twisting in the middle of a circle of players. The sound you hear is of the “Berimbau,” a very characteristic musical instrument. These people are Capoeira players, a mixture of martial arts and dance. It was invented by the slaves, who had to work out a way of defending themselves, whilst concealing the fact that they were training combat techniques from their masters. The joy and good humor that is present today in these “rodas de Capoeira” is contagious. You will soon hear and feel the berimbau “calling you” to join in. Do not be afraid to clap your hands to the soft chanting of the surrounding participants. Why not join in with a few dance steps too!
Salvador de Bahia, also features 25km of beaches along the Orla, an avenue that follows the coastline of the Atlantic. There are swimming beaches and surf beaches, some with fine white sand and others more rocky. A little further on there is the Itapua beach, with its restaurants surrounded by palm trees and its gorgeous bay, very enticing for a swim.
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As well as Salvador and its many attractions, the Bahia region also has some wonderful resorts. You can choose from these destinations selected for their enticing charm and the quality of their services.
Praia do Forte, a little paradise close to the capital
Praia do Forte, is a seaside resort located 1hr30 from Salvador, along a magnificent 10km beach of white sand. The coast is protected by several coral reefs, so the sea is calm and limpid at low tide.
It is also an ecotourism centre with projects such as Tamar, a marine turtle observation centre where they protect the turtle eggs during the laying period.
This small coastal village has several pousadas and hotels, but only two have direct access to the beach. These are : The Porto da Lua hotel and the Tivoli Eco Resort. Both options are available on our Bahia vacation package in Praia do Forte. Perfect for a family vacation or a romantic get – away, especially during a short stay or if you have little time to get away from Salvador. Want to meet the marine turtles while you sunbathe on a paradisical beach? See our Praia do Forte offer!
Visit Itacaré, an exceptional seaside beauty
The Itacaré beach is in the south of Salvador de Bahia, a seaside resort a little further from the capital. It is attractive because of its unique landscape, a beach with cliffs, a white sandy cove and a forest of palm trees.
For an enchanting and dreamlike destination, we have selected an enchanting and dreamlike resort. The Txai, boasts all the comfort and facilities of a top quality hotel. There are suites of up to 70m2 with a private garden waiting to make your stay an exceptional one with a tropical flavour.
It is a 1hr flight from Salvador to the town of Ilheus then a 1/2 hour drive to the resort. It is undoubtedly one of the best choices among our Bahia vacation packages for those looking for luxury and tranquility.
Morro de São Paulo, wild parties and splendid beaches on a dream island
Morro de São Paulo is a small isolated village on the Bahian coastline, about 2 hours from Salvador de Bahia. It is part of the island of Tinharé, separated from the mainland by a small waterway.
This island is the destination preferred by those who want to combine beautiful landscapes, relaxation and a truly outstanding nightlife! It is the most trendy option among our Bahia vacation packages.
A destination with a fairly young and lively population, it is also a good option for people seeking peaceful and picturesque vacations. Each beach has its own audience and particular style. The further you go along the coast, the more infrequent the parties. It is therefore possible to stay in a pousada away from the festive area to spend your days in peace enjoying the beach and then join the fiesta at night!
Morro de São Paulo is the ideal destination for a seaside and festive stage of a nature holiday in the Chapada Diamantina for example.
The Diamond mountains of Chapada Diamantina
Imagine valleys covered with tropical forests and savannahs, interspersed with vast plateaus of shorter vegetation, from which flow thousands of waterfalls of all sizes. Add a few caves with clear lagoons, small walking paths and almost no human life except for a few tiny hamlets.
The result is the famous Chapada Diamantina. 1520 km2 of nature preserved by a National Park created in 1985.
It’s one of the oldest geological formations in the world, resulting from a deep crack in the earth’s crust from where magma rich in minerals escaped. If you leave the walking trails you may even find pieces of crystal lying on the ground ! A 1 hour flight from Salvador, Lençois is at the entrance to the Chapada Diamantina national park, and awaits you for an extraordinary stay. This town is a national reference for walking enthusiasts, nature lovers and those looking for wide open spaces, or simply a quiet break.
The Chapada Diamantina is still a relatively unknown destination. Ideal if you want to get off the beaten track with a more immersive stay, it is the perfect place to meet the local population and discover a varied ecosystem. Go for the adventure option of our Bahia vacation packages.