About the tour
Rio Vermelho also has good programs during the day!
The district of Rio Vermelho is known, mainly, for its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are luxurious hotels and inns, the famous Cira’s, Regina’s and Dinha’s acarajés. It is formed by a colony of fishermen, a sure destination for anyone who wants a good celebration on February 2, the Iemanjá Party, queen of the sea. What many people don’t know, is that spending the day there also reserves good surprises. We invite you to leave your house in the morning and go to the most bohemian neighborhood in the city. Yes! During the day!
In Rua Alagoinhas, there is the house that was the residence of the writers Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai, and where the ashes of the immortal are kept. The house is large, with a contemporary architecture and a sturdy garden. Since the first moment of the tour, it is impossible not to be moved.
You have access to the belongings of the couple, the books, the rooms, the closets … It’s all organized in an interesting way, telling a story that was intensely lived by the couple. The library is something else: all the major works are on the walls. Intense!
The garden is also not to go unnoticed. There are paths that lead you to small rooms in the middle of the trees. In them, stories and curiosities told by famous friends, in images difficult to find outside this special house. Prepare to lose track of time and want to hear all the audios and videos spread around the rooms.
Eat first with your eyes
Everything in Shanti is different: the sign is written in chalk on the floor of the sidewalk. The menu is always different, strolling through African, Arabic, Indian, Indonesian, Moroccan, Thai and even Chinese food. Each day of the week is different, and to find out what it is, you have to get into their social networks. The decoration is a mix of all this, which makes the place inviting for the eyes too. The food is always a blast of flavors.
To the sea, let’s go!
The neighborhood has two beaches: Paciência and Buracão. Today, the suggestion is to walk a little bit more and go to Buracão. On the way, make a pit stop at Iemanjá’s House. It is small, but full of representativeness. It is from there that the offerings come out on the 2nd of February.
Buracão Beach is a strip of sand enjoyed especially by locals. The sand strip is not extensive, the sea is not calm, but people’s mood is what makes the difference: it seems that everyone knows each other! There is a wall full of graffiti, and mirrors mosaics. Even the access staircase was drawn. You can rent an umbrella and let the afternoon pass by, looking at the sea.
Drinks, food and a nice view
From the sand straight to the bar! Just go up one more flight of stairs (if you’re in the sand), and you arrive at the Blue Beach Bar. Well decorated, with very good drinks and tasty dishes, it’s a good place to watch the moon arrival. Everything turns into a special atmosphere when the hand lamps light up and the sky changes color. We explain about all the places of these itineraries, one by one, in this link. Take a look, you’ll like it.
A Casa do Rio Vermelho
Address: Alagoinhas Street, 33 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador-BA, 41940-620
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tickets: R$ 20 (normal) / R$ 10 (half). On Wednesdays it is free for everybody.
Important: it doesn’t work on December 24th, 25th and 31st, or on January 1st. It doesn’t open on carnival week either.
Phone: (71) 3333-1919. Accessibility: access only by stairs. There is no ramp for wheelchair users.
Address: João Gomes Street, 10 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador-BA, 41940-100
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 4:00 pm.
Phone: (71) 3011-2646
Address: Praia do Rio Vermelho. Paciência Street, Rio Vermelho, Salvador-BA.
Address: Barro Vermelho Street, Rio Vermelho, Salvador-BA, 41940-360
Blue Beach Bar
Address: Barro Vermelho Street, 310 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador-BA, 41940-340
Opening hours: from Sunday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Phone: (71) 3034-3054
By Fernanda Slama
Photos: Fábio Marconi
Casa do Rio Vermelho. Foto: Fábio Marconi