A neighborhood full of cultural activities, in addition to great gastronomy and beautiful sunsets
Barra is really charming, you can do everything on foot. It has the seafront for sports, the beautiful urban beaches, it’s where the trios and blocks of Salvador Carnival main circuits pass by, and there is the Barra’s Marine Park project, which is very close to being approved. It will be a protection area that will go from Farol Lighthouse to Porto da Barra. In this extension, it is necessary to preserve three shipwrecks that keep an infinity of biodiversity.
In this itinerary, we’ve put together six great tips to spend all day in Barra. History, culture, fun and gastronomy, all happening in beautiful postcards of this solar city. Get ready for a day full of photos and good moments.
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1. This photo can’t be missed
Farol da Barra, one of the city’s most beautiful architectural heritage, is an obligatory stop for selfies. The fort where Farol da Barra is located houses the Nautical Museum of Bahia, which has a historical collection formed by objects from different eras, some of them submerged for up to 300 years. Stories that help us understand the relation between the man and the sea and between Bahia and the Lighthouse.
You can go up to the highest point of the Lighthouse. There at the top, you can have a 360° view of Salvador and from the patio, the visitor has a 180° view of the entire All Saints Bay. In addition, there is the Farol Café & Wine Bar, a charming place with a menu consisting of food such as quiches, saltenhas, pies, coffees with cakes, brigadeiros and more.
Address: Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra – Largo do Farol da Barra, no number – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-650
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm (every day in January and July).
Tickets to the Nautical Museum:
Visitor: R$ 15.00 (normal)
Students, teachers and the elderly: R$ 7.50
School groups: R$ 6.50 per student
Residents: R$ 5,00
Gratuity: less than 7 years old and disabled people
Lighthouse Café & Wine Bar
Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9am to 6pm. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, until 11pm.
2. Beaches for playing sports or for relaxing
Barra beaches are something else. Fun for families, sportsmen, partygoers, locals and tourists. Go and mix it up. The bike path on the waterfront is taken by people cycling, running, walking, skateboarding or skating. In the sands, there are licensed street vendors who sell from the curdled cheese to the “Capelinha” Popsicle, traditional here. There are also umbrellas and chairs rental services.
Porto da Barra is the ideal beach for people who want a calm sea bath, suitable for water sports such as the Hawaiian canoe and SUP. Next to the Lighthouse, on Barra Beach, natural pools appear in the low tide. The stripe near the Christ, with strong waves and good water quality, is the most suitable for advanced surfers. This is Barravento Beach, on Barra Avenue, between the Christ and Barra Lighthouse, closest to Christ’s Hill, next to Barravento restaurant.
3. Beautiful pictures of the greatest photographers in Bahia
Santa Maria Fort is home to the Pierre Verger Space, Bahia Photography Museum. In only one place, it is possible to travel throughout the State of Bahia, and through every corner of this city. This is the Pierre Verger Space of Bahian Photography, a project dedicated to the appreciation, recognition and dissemination of Bahian photography.
In addition to the legacy of the French-Bahian ethnologist and photographer Pierre Verger, there are also the work of 60 photographers who were born or settled in Bahia. And more! Daily from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., images from the collection are projected through the “mapping” video technique on the Fort facade.
Pierre Verger Space – Bahia Photography Museum
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Monday from 11am to 7pm.
Ticket: R$ 20 (normal) / R$ 10 (half).
Location: Santa Maria Fort, Porto da Barra, Salvador.
Important: the ticket is also valid for a visit to Carybé de Artes (São Diogo Fort).
4. Interactive Art
The cement, the reliefs, the texture and the colors of Hector Julio Páride Bernabó, Carybé, are represented in one of the most charming places of the city: Porto da Barra. The works are not on the walls, but the virtual universe created for the experience makes an immersion in his work through different resources of digital media and virtual reality.
In addition, daily, from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., images from the collection are projected through the “mapping” video technique on the Fort facade. So colorful!!! Really beautiful! That’s right: the two forts, each one at one end of Porto da Barra Beach, have incredible projections. Choose one and have fun!
Carybé Space of Arts
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Monday from 11am to 7pm.
Tickets: R$ 20 (normal) / R$ 10 (half)
Location: São Diogo Fort, Porto da Barra, Salvador.
Important: the ticket is also valid for a visit to the Pierre Verger Space of Bahian Photography (Santa Maria Fort).
Half-entrance for students and people from 60 years old on. Public schools have gratuity in previously scheduled visits. Every Wednesday, visits are free for all.
5. The gastronomy is also part of the tour
Du Chef Art and Gastronomy By Lucius Gaudenzi
Very close to Barra Lighthouse there is a very interesting Bistro Restaurant of modern and contemporary cuisine. The Du Chef Art and Gastronomy By Lucius Gaudenzi.
Among the delights served on the menu, start with La Lanzada, Spanish Octopus Tentacle Grilled with Potatoes and Paprika Dressing. For main dish go to the moon… or rather go to Jericoacoara! A “cavaquinha” lobster grilled in fine herbs butter served with saffron risotto.
Service: Du Chef Art and Gastronomy By Lucius Gaudenzi. Address: Rua Afonso Celso, 70 – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-080. Next to Barra Lighthouse. Phone: (71) 3042-4433
The fire kitchen is known for two trademarks: juicy meat and the taste of ember! Known as one of the best steak restaurants in the city, one of the highlights is the potted smoked maxixe, which goes well with beef and pork.
Service: Carvão Restaurant. Address: Rua Professor Sabino Silva, 5 – Chame-Chame, Salvador – BA, 40157-250. Phone: (71) 99632-8682
BRAVO – Burger & Beer
Considered one of the best hamburgers in Brazil, it has a fine menu, including sophisticated options on special breads. The bacon is always crispy, the meat done in the right way and the artisanal beers list is extensive. To top it off, the place is in a very cozy little place at Barra’s seafront.
Service: BRAVO – Burger & Beer. Av. Sete de Setembro, 3959 – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-110
Facing the sea, with beautiful decoration and great service, Barravento has seafood dishes, pastas and risottos, as well as wines, draft beer and desserts. It is well located, in the center of all the neighborhood events, but still has a very quiet environment, great for groups and families.
Service: Barravento Restaurant. Address: Av. Oceânica, 814 – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-130. Phone: (71) 3247-2577
Pereira da Barra
Pereira Restaurant has contemporary cuisine with elaborate options. This charming restaurant is located at Porto da Barra seafront. From its balcony, one has a breathtaking landscape.
For lunch, it offers a buffet with a variety of pastas, salads, grains and different options of grilled proteins. And for dinner, dishes like the “tornedor ao poivre vert”, a tall, grilled cut of filet mignon with green peppers sauce, served with potatoes gateau au gratin.
Service: Pereira da Barra. Av. Sete de Setembro, 3959 – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-110. Phone: (71) 3264-6464
6. An unforgettable sunset
Barra is an excellent option for an unforgettable evening. First, because of its stunning sunset, and second, for having the waterfront taken by bars and restaurants, making the perfect combination to end the tour day there.
Still in “soft opening”, the Bistrô Mirante do Forte São Diogo is at Porto da Barra, within São Diogo Fort structure. Set in a privileged space, overlooking All Saints Bay and its wonderful sunset, it usually draws since bathers and families with children in their weekend programs until groups of young people and tourists searching for party.
To eat, we suggest the burrata that comes with pesto sauce, tomato and mozzarella cheese, accompanied by toasties and also the lamb with mint sauce. The menu is filled with cool beers, plus the drinks that are very well made and with great gin-based options.
Bistrô Mirante do Forte São Diogo. Av. Sete de Setembro – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40130-180. Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 3pm to 10pm.
Farol da Barra visto de cima. Foto: Uiler Costa