About the tour
Go spend the first part of your day in one of the most charming districts of the city: Santo Antônio Além do Carmo! The tip is to start with a breakfast at Pousada do Boqueirão, a small charming hotel, located in the historical center. The hotel overlooks the Bay of All Saints and is just 400 meters from Pelourinho’s streets.
You can enjoy a daily buffet on the terrace overlooking the Bay. The meal includes various types of fresh fruit, breads and cold cuts, as well as many options of hot and cold drinks. For those who are not guests, the full breakfast costs R$ 35,00 per person, just call the day before to tell them.
Leaving Boqueirão, take your time walking in the neighborhood towards Pelourinho. The colorful houses, the quiet life with locals peering out the window, the bougainvillea rising up the walls of the buildings are a good opportunity to capture beautiful images and memories of that special corner of the city.
In this way, there is the “Cabral Descobertas Thrift Store”, a curious place full of nice things. For 15 years in Santo Antônio, it is a kind of antiquary, where searching and good talk are fundamental! The people who go there are the greatest attraction. Among the things, there are art and antiques, furniture, objects, cameras, cash registers, coins, records, books, chandeliers, telephones, decorations, crockery, home appliances, even cannonballs!!! There are countless pieces that go back to the scenario of a few years ago. Besides everything being on sale, the feeling is of being in a true exhibition.
Going to a convent has never been so incredible!
Go straight through the streets, with your bag full of things, and just ahead there is the magnificent Carmo Convent. That’s the Pestana Hotel, where guests have access to an incredibly charming indoor swimming pool. Visitors can have a drink at the bar, stroll through the whole convent and visit the cloisters and the church. The museum is closed for restoration. Access is free. Visitation is from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm. On Saturdays from 8am to noon.
If you’re hungry again, chef Tereza Pain runs the restaurant. She dedicates her work and research to local ingredients, developing a Bahian cuisine legitimized by the knowledge and tastes of her land, influenced by Spain, Portugal and Italy. All in very good taste. A good experience.
If you’re not so hungry, but really feels like having a cold beer, the tip is to go back a bit to Cruz do Pascoal Bar. Super traditional and with a great view of the Bay, it may be the best place to finish the tour. It’s the best bar style, plastic tables on the street, with regular clients, a good place to talk a lot. Just don’t lose track of time and stay there until the day is over… But even that would not be a bad idea, the sunset from the balcony is surreal!!!
Address: Direita de Santo Antônio Street, 48 – Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, Salvador-BA, 40301-280
Phone: (71) 3241-2262 (call before to reserve breakfast)
Carmo Convent (Pestana Hotel)
Address: Carmo Street, 1 – Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, Salvador-BA, 40301-330
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday from 8:00 am to noon.
Phone: (71) 3327-8400 or (71) 3242-0182
Address: Carmo Street, 1 – Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, Salvador-BA, 40301-380
Opening Hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Phone: (71) 3676-1754
Cruz do Pascoal Bar
Address: Direita de Santo Antônio Street, 2 – Santo Antonio, Salvador-BA, 40301-280
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from noon to midnight.
Phone: (71) 3243-2285
Pousada Boqueirão. Foto: Assessoria