Do not let the rain ruin your ride
Always have a plan B to do cool things around town even on rainy days
Salvador’s climate is tropical, characterized by high temperatures, high humidity and always warm waters, which makes the city a travel destination year-round. The amount of rainfall is lower during the summer, with the rainiest months between April and August. If you are in the city at this time, do not worry because the rains here are strong, but at any moment the clouds may dissipate and it suddenly opens a blue sky.
Get used to seeing rainbows in the sky because the “joke” is more or less like this: it rains. The wind comes and takes the cloud. The sun shines, and the rainbow comes. The wind brings the cloud. It rains. The wind comes and takes the cloud. The sun shines, and comes the rainbow …. and it can be that way all day long! This route has nine refuges throughout the city to shelter you in the rain, filling your day with fun and culture.
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1. Take the opportunity to relax
The Hotel Fasano Salvador, recently opened, was born from the harmonization of the Group’s sophisticated style with the relaxed atmosphere of Salvador. And look how cool: it has a Spa that, in addition to guests, can also be enjoyed by passersby who want to take advantage of the Wellness SPA services, by appointment.
There are services that revitalize the body and mind for your well-being. With three massage rooms and a wet sauna (temporarily closed due to covid19 prevention protocols), the space is signed by massage therapist and holistic therapist Fabrícia Nogueira, who created an exclusive menu of treatments for the Bahian experience.
Historic Center, Salvador – BA.
Phone: (71) 2201-6300
Wellness Spa Fasano Salvador- Services need to be scheduled.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm (last time starting at 7 pm). On Sundays, from 10am to 6pm (last time starting at 5pm).
Fasano Restaurant – Serves guests and visitors, by appointment or not. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is no Day Use.
2. Carnival all year long
Get to know the whole history of the biggest street party in the world, the carnival! “Casa do Carnaval” is a museum created to tell the history of Bahian revelry. The space has four floors and is an invitation to a visual and sensory journey, with several thematic cutouts of the party, recalling social transformations and the formation of the Bahian identity.
It has models, clothes and instruments borrowed by the party’s artists, photos, historical documents, and two cinemas where visitors can characterize themselves and learn the rhythms of the party with the help of monitors. Many video projections are also part of the collection and much more. In addition, the terrace has an awe-inspiring view of the All Saints Bay. You can spend hours inside. It’s unmissable.
Casa do Carnaval (Carnival’s House)
Address: Praça Ramos de Queirós, no number – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-055
In the Historic Center, next to the Cathedral Basilica of São Salvador, between Terreiro de Jesus and Praça da Sé.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm.
Tickets: R$30 (normal), R$15 (half)
3. Art to send the rain away
The RV Cultura e Arte gallery is a “Cultural Oasis” in Rio Vermelho. Comics, Contemporary Art and exhibitions in the city’s most bohemian neighborhood. It also has a selection of comics and books by Bahian artists and authors, including publications from its own editorial label. When the rain stops, go have a beer at Largo de Santana, which is right next to the gallery.
RV Cultura e Arte
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm; and Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm. Closed on Sundays
Location: Av. Cardeal da Silva, 158, Rio Vermelho, Salvador.
Contact: (71) 33474929.
4. I’m at Barra Beach, it’s raining, what do I do?
Enter Barra Lighthouse right away! Inside there is the fabulous Nautical Museum, a small shop and a large patio with a complete view of the sea. The Nautical Museum of Bahia has a historical collection made up of objects from different periods, some of them submerged for up to 300 years, which help to understand the relationship between man and the sea and Bahia with the Lighthouse. There is also a shop with products from Salvador.
When the rain gives a break, go to the top of the lighthouse, from where you have a 360º view of Salvador. From the patio, the visitor has a 180° view of the entire All Saints Bay. Did you know that’s the edge of the bay? From the Lighthouse on, it’s already open sea.
Address: Santo Antônio da Barra Fort – Largo do Farol da Barra, no number – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-650
Opening hours: every day from 10am to 6pm.
Tickets for the Nautical Museum
Tourist: R$ 15.00 (normal)
Students, teachers and seniors: R$ 7.50.
School groups: R$ 6.50 per student.
Residents: R$ 5.00
Free of charge: children under 7 years old and disabled people.
5. Casa do Benin
In the heart of the Historic Center, Casa do Benin represents a piece of Africa, where the exchange of cultures from there to here and from here to there is created. The House has a collection of around 200 pieces from the Gulf of Benin, collected by French photographer Pierre Verger during his trips to Africa, to study the ebbs and flows between Africa and Bahia.
It also has pieces related to Afro Diasporic culture, donated by artists and institutions. Colorful fabrics hang from everywhere decorating the place, which add color and life to the House. This decoration is an installation by artist and designer Goya Lopes, one of the pioneers to work creatively with Afro-Brazilian fashion. On your next visit to Pelourinho, discover this place come rain or shine! Learn more at this link.
Casa do Benin
Baixa dos Sapateiros, 7 – Pelourinho, Salvador-BA, 40025-005
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Admission is free
Phone: (71) 3202-7890
6. Santa Maria Fort
The sun was shining and you ran to Porto da Barra beach, but as soon as you stepped on the sand, it started to rain. Then run for shelter at Santa Maria Fort! It houses the Pierre Verger Space for Bahian photography and the new Mirante Santa Maria restaurant.
The Pierre Verger Space of Bahian Photography is a project dedicated to the appreciation, recognition and dissemination of Bahian photography. In addition to the legacy of the Franco-Bahian ethnologist and photographer Pierre Verger, it houses the work of over 60 photographers who were born or settled in Bahia. Learn more at this link.
When the rain stops, go to the fort’s patio and enjoy a drink watching the beautiful sunset.
Pierre Verger Space – Bahian Photography Museum
Location: Santa Maria Fort, Porto da Barra, Salvador.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 6 pm (entry time until 5 pm).
Ticket: R$ 20 (normal) / R$ 10 (half).
Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Santa Maria Viewpoint
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, from 5 pm to 11 pm.
7. Casa do Rio Vermelho
There are more than 30 hours of videos and projections at Casa do Rio Vermelho. In other words, whatever the storm, however long it lasts, you’ll have something to do in this wonderful cultural facility in Salvador. There is so much to see and hear that it is impossible to know the entire history of the property and the couple of writers Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai in just one visit.
The environments maintain the property’s original characteristics and each room has projections with different subjects about the artists’ lives. Learn more at this link.
Casa do Rio Vermelho Memorial
Address: R. Alagoinhas, 33 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41940-620
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.
Tickets: R$ 20 (full) / R$ 10 (half).
Contact: (71) 3333-1919.
8. Good schedule even underwater
CAIXA Cultural Salvador develops a wide calendar of events that include exhibitions of different sizes, musical and theatrical performances, book launches, workshops, lectures, in addition to an important educational program aimed at different social classes.
Even with programming restrictions due to health protocols, the cultural space always has a traveling exhibition and two fixed exhibitions, including an “Agência de Época” (Vintage Agency), the archaeological site room – where the visitor can see the excavations of the archaeological site and all the decorative details of this beautiful 18th-century manor house – and the viewpoint overlooking the All Saints Bay.
CAIXA Cultural Salvador
Address: Rua Carlos Gomes, 57, Dois de Julho – Salvador/BA
Information: (71) 3421-4200 or by WhatsApp: (71) 99263-7515
Visitation: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Times must be scheduled in advance.
9. Museu da Gastronomia Baiana (Museum of Bahian Gastronomy)
Here, you can shelter from the rain, experience the ancestral knowledge of gastronomy and eat good food from Bahia. The Museum of Bahian Gastronomy is a pioneer in Brazil and Latin America. Its mission is to inform, value and publicize the food of Bahia in its most varied contexts, with a focus on the patrimonial perspective added to the gastronomic perspective.
It has a long-term exhibition and temporary exhibition (showcase-homage) and in the restaurant-museum-school visitors can experience a rich and varied menu of savory and sweet dishes that attest to the cuisines from Recôncavo to Sertão. Learn more at this link.
Museum of Bahian Gastronomy
Location: Praça José de Alencar, 13/19 – Largo do Pelourinho, Salvador – BA
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Saturdays, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Phone: (71) 3324-8118
By Fernanda Slama
Fasano Salvador. Restaurante Foto Humberto Vieira Filho/ Assessoria