A little of every element that makes this mix so special
The rich history of Salvador told through art, gastronomy, faith and more
São Salvador, the Bahia de Todos os Santos city, has many charms. Many choose to come to Salvador for its richness in natural beauties with calm and crystal clear waters, beautiful urban beaches, islands of easy access and stunning visual. Likewise, it enchants by its world-known musicality, its creativity, its carnival seduces by the sympathy and joy of its people. It is a sought after city for its cultural and religious diversity, its art and, undoubtedly, for its gastronomy.
The first capital of Brazil just turned 470 years old and this script seeks to show, in eight super special experiences, a little of this rich history. Each of them represents a good synthesis of every element which makes this mixture we carry in the blood so special. We’ve also prepared a perfect playlist to make your mind fly as you plan to get to know each one. Listen now!
Artistic manifestation of the traditions of Bahia
The Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Bahia’s Folkloric Ballet group) is the largest and most important professional folk dance company in Brazil. For 30 years, it has spread the best of the country to the world and, at the same time, it promotes a reunion with its origins: popular culture, black culture, Afro-Bahian culture, indigenous heritage. The presentations are passionate and energetic spectacles, a scenic language that captures, in its purest state, Bahia’s folkloric manifestations. A show that tells stories, habits, colors and influences with dance and music – and it has already given the company prizes and tours throughout Brazil and abroad.
Ballet Folclórico da Bahia
Show: Monday to Saturday at 8pm.
Address: Teatro Miguel Santana – Rua Gregório de Matos, 49, Pelourinho, Salvador.
Ticket: Tickets R $ 60,00 for sale at the box office daily from 3pm.
Telephone: contact and reservations – (73) 3322-1962
Important: payment in cash only.
Bay of Wonders
Salvador has beautiful beaches all over it. From the most urban to the most remote, they are always good options for those who want to relax or play sports at sea. One of the most beautiful is the Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe beach, on the Ilha dos Frades island. It was approved by an international jury to receive the Blue Flag. The program, created in France in 1980, is considered the most important of the category in the world. It is attributed to beaches and marinas that meet a set of 34 socio-environmental quality requirements. We have prepared a complete script with all the tips in this link.
The story told in pictures
In the Pierre Verger Space, Bahia’s Photography Museum, breathtaking images of great professionals expose Bahia in different perspectives, showing the cultural diversity of this wonderful land. This, allied to projections, lounge-cinema, interactive map and virtual reality. The project is dedicated to the appreciation, recognition and dissemination of Bahian photography. It has works of more than 60 photographers who have been born or settled in Bahia, as well as a virtual exhibition of the legacy of the ethnologist and French photographer Pierre Verger.
Pierre Verger Space – Museum of Photography of Bahia
Operation: from Wednesday to Monday, from 11am to 7pm.
Ticket: entrance: R $ 20 (whole) / R $ 10 (half).
Location: Forte Santa Maria, Porto da Barra, Salvador.
Important: valid entrance also for a visit to Carybé de Artes (Fort of São Diogo). Half-entrance for students and people from 60 years old. Public schools are free on visits previously scheduled. Every Wednesday visits are free for all.
The food of Bahia in its most varied contexts
The Museu da Gastronomia Baiana (Bahian Gastronomy Museum), an initiative of Senac-Bahia, seeks to value the different food systems of Bahia in historical, cultural, social and gastronomic contexts. The deep relations between Bahia’s kitchens and Angola’s kitchens show that during Atlantic Ocean crossings there were many recipes exchanges, interpretations and inventions from the coast of Africa to Brazil and vice versa. In the Restaurant-museum-school the visitor can eat a rich and varied menu of savory and sweet dishes that attest to the cuisines that go from the Recôncavo to the Sertão regions.
Museum of Gastronomy of Bahia
Location: Praça José de Alencar, 13/19 – Largo do Pelourinho, Salvador – BA
Operation: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5h30pm. Saturdays, from 9am to 3pm.
Tel .: +55 71 3324.8118
A visual and sensorial journey to the world of Carnival
The Casa do Carnaval (Carnival House) tells the story of the revelry in a visual and sensory trip, with several thematic cuts of the party that is at the heart of popular culture, social transformations and the formation of Bahian identity. It has just completed a year and in celebration, the collection gains six new items: they are short films about the history of the party and important caracters of the revelry.
The films speak of several aspects such as the history of the abbot, the creation of the electric trio, the aesthetics of Carnival and the history of the artists in the electric trio. For who hasn’t been there yet, it is worth the visit and for who has already, here is another reason to return. Click on this link and learn more.
Address: Praça Ramos de Queirós, s / n – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-055.
It operates in the Historic Center, next to the Catedral Basílica de São Salvador, between the Terreiro de Jesus and Praça da Sé.
Opening Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 7pm.
The visitation will be spontaneous, with a ticket in the amount of R $ 30 (whole) and R $ 15 (half).
The oldest state museum hosts a lecture about Bahia
The Museu de Arte da Bahia (Bahia Art Museum) – MAB surprises at the entrance. The door is something beautiful on Earth and the rosewood staircase is a work of art itself. There it is possible to know the work of important Bahian names, such as Presciliano Silva, Alberto Valença and Mendonça Filho.
Created in 1918 in the building annexed to the Arquivo Público and transferred in 1982 to its current headquarters in the Corredor da Vitória (Vitória Corridor), MAB is the oldest in the State. There are maps and aspects of Salvador of the century XVII, in the time of the Dutch invasion, in 1624, besides engravings that refer to a walk through the city of Salvador in the century XIX. A classroom in Bahia for Bahians and tourists.
MAB – Bahia Museum of Art
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 1pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 2p.m. to 7p.m.
Catholic Religion, with Candomblé’s atabaques
The Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos Church is undeniably a peculiar Church. First for, in the back of the church, there is an ancient cemetery of people who were enslaved. Secondly, preserving its history linked to these people, the liturgy of the cults makes use of music inspired by the candomblé terreiros, to the sound of atabaques. Third, for these and many other reasons, this church is a great example of the religious syncretism of this city, it is one of the symbols of resistance against religious intolerance. Like the Santa Bárbara and Iansan celebrations, the church is the focal point of the festivities.
Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos Church
Address: Largo do Pelourinho, s / n – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-280
Date: Masses, Monday and Sunday – at 9:00 am. Tuesday, last Wednesday of the month, 1st Thursday of the month and Friday – at 18h. Visitation: from Mon. to Sat., from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Contact: (71) 3421-5781.
Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian cultural legacy
Known worldwide, Manoel dos Reis Machado, Mestre Bimba, was the one who developed Capoeira Regional. The Fundação Mestre Bimba (Mestre Bimba Foundation) (FUMEB) was conceived by several disciples and admirers of Mestre Bimba, under the leadership of Mestre Nenel. Its purpose is to preserve and spread the work of Mestre Bimba and his Afro-Brazilian cultural legacy through events and related activities in the field of capoeira. It conducts seminars, courses, publications, exhibitions as well as research and cultural exchange activities.
Address: Rua Maciel de Baixo, nº 51. Pelourinho CEP: 40026-210. Salvador BA
Phone (s): +55 71 3322-5082
Espetáculo Balé Folclórico da Bahia Pelourinho Salvador Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.