Instagramable places in Salvador – Part 1

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Farol da Barra. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.
 Loreto. Ilha dos Frades, Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Fábio Marconi.
Fera Palace Hotel. Foto: Assessoria
Casarão 17.  Pelourinho. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.

A list of 10 perfect scenes for your photos to blow up the internet… and we’re just getting started!

First of all, it is undeniable that Salvador has breathtaking scenery, landscapes that can make all the difference when taking a tour and also for your photos. For those visitors who can’t resist a good click, or for residents who love to go around showing this city with a different look, this article is perfect.

Salvador has countless instagramable places, so we decided to do a series of articles giving these tips. Here, we’ve just listed 10. But believe me, there are a huge amount of places to explore. Check out the best places for your photos to blow up the internet and get inspired to know place by place.

1. Fera’s Terrace


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Since the objective is to be a big hit, then let’s do it right. Here, you cannot only take a beautiful photo, but also stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. Salvador is full of excellent hotel options and we’ll talk about others in the next article, but we start at the Fera Palace, more precisely on its terrace.

Access to the terrace is for guests only. In addition to the pool facing the All Saints Bay, it has a very beautiful copper dome. After enjoying the view and taking pictures, it’s worth going to the restaurant on the ground floor for a drink in the lobby. These two spaces (lobby and restaurant) welcome passersby and are wonderful for beautiful poses and clicks.

2. Grid by artist Carybé at the MAM entrance


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The Bahia Museum of Art (MAM) is known for having several attractions; among them are the art exhibitions, the movie theater and the Jam no MAM, which takes place frequently outside, facing the sea, and offers jazz at sunset. There you will find several instagramable places. The entrance grid is one of them.

A few years ago, Prainha do MAM (as it is known) became the darling of Salvador’s cool crowd. One of the reasons: this strip of sand is inside the MAM Sculpture Park, in the midst of works by Mestre Didi, Mário Cravo, Tunga, Carybé, among others. Even though the park is closed, the path to the beach is beautiful. It is exactly at the entrance to the park and to the beach that our second instagramable tip is.

This grid is by the artist Hector Julio Páride Bernabó, known by the artistic name Carybé. He was an Argentine painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, ceramist, sculptor, muralist, researcher, historian and journalist, naturalized Brazilian and residing in Brazil from 1949 until his death. The gate, whether closed or open, provides you with beautiful photos! The themes of the drawings are fish, mermaids, sun and giant eyes. Whichever tour you choose, be sure to stop there and click! You will rock!

3. Barra Lighthouse (from the water, with the lighthouse in the background)

Farol da Barra. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.

We know that you already know Farol da Barra, have already visited the Nautical Museum and have already booked your diving class at Parque Marinho da Barra. The place for photos this time is in the sea. On both sides of the lighthouse, there are beautiful natural pools, ideal for superb photos. Another option is to arrive by SUP, or take a nice dip, swim to the middle of the sea, position yourself with the Lighthouse in the background and do your best pose!

4. The balcony of Casarão 17, in Pelourinho


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The good thing about this tip is that you’ll get to know Pelourinho, in the Historic Center of Salvador, taste good food, shop and take great pictures. At Casarão 17, you will find the Mariposa restaurant on one side, and the Havaianas store on the other.

On the second floor – you have to ask permission to go up – is the best place for photos. From this balcony, you can choose what you want in the image. On one side, Largo de São Francisco, with the famous Igreja de Ouro (Gold Church) in the background. On the other, you see Largo do Terreiro de Jesus – with the square of Portuguese stones that make drawings inspired by the work of Roberto Burle Marx, and the Cathedral Basilica of Salvador in the background. Are you in doubt? So do both!

5. The little church in Loreto

Loreto. Ilha dos Frades, Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Fábio Marconi.

The All Saints Bay keeps secrets and places of vibrant nature, excellent cuisine and stunning views. Rent a boat and go to Loreto, on Ilha dos Frades. There is a little church that looks like it came out of a movie, right on the edge of the sea. You can first ask the conductor to position the boat near the shore, facing the Church of Loreto, and take the photo. Then, once on land, walk along the small shore to the opposite side of the pier, enter the sea – there are steps to help – and take a photo in that crystal clear water. Paradise!

6. The tiles of Casa do Rio Vermelho

For those who love to take a photo of their feet on a wonderful floor, Casa do Rio Vermelho has mosaics and tiles perfect for that. During the cultural tour of the house where the couple Zélia Gattai and Jorge Amado lived, there are also perfect settings for other clicks, such as the basketwork on the kitchen ceiling, the bench in the backyard covered with blue painted tiles, or the garden full of trees and different plants. The tour is so worth it.

7. The ribbons of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim


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Visit Salvador da Bahia would not dare to make such a list and not put them, the stars of Colina Sagrada, the darlings of visitors and residents, the most beloved of the most famous Lavagem in Brazil: the ribbons of Senhor do Bonfim! This grid full of ribbons, so colorful and meaningful, had to be here, right?

An obligatory stop, the Basilica of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim has a special place in the hearts of those who visit Salvador. Attend a Friday mass (which is even more special), preferably dress in white and then take a million pictures tying your ribbon and enjoying every angle! The feeling in this place is one of renewal and protection. You will always want to come back.

8. Casa do Carnaval (Carnival House)


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There is carnival there all year round, oh yes! You will love knowing every detail of this party, feeling like the biggest reveler in the world. All rooms and environments are instagramable. It’s impressive! It is colorful, with perfect lighting and many curious objects. Your cell phone will run out of space for so many pictures.
Iconic images are on the facade and terrace. As soon as you arrive, you’ll come across Pierrot sculptures by the group Pierrot de Plataforma, a carnival classic from Salvador. After the tour, go to the terrace to see the view, the sunset and, of course, to take lots of pictures.

9. The comfort of Lôro at Praia do Flamengo


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An oasis where you stand on the sand. That’s how the “beach huts”, or beach clubs in Salvador are known. Comfort, organization and good cuisine, facing the sea. Cabana do Lôro at Praia do Flamengo, for example, has Balinese beds, a big shower and a swing, perfect for those who enjoy the beach but can’t resist a beautiful pose. Choose the production! Time to wear that hat, powerful outfit and sunglasses. This photo will hit your feed.

10. Odoyá Sculpture, in Rio Vermelho

Novo Normal. Salvador Bahia. Foto Tércio Campelo.

In Rio Vermelho, you can join three classics things for good photos for Instagram: a bike ride along a beautiful waterfront, a classic acarajé in the city’s most famous baianas and urban sculptures – even better for revering an Orixá like Iemanjá, symbol of this neighborhood.

The tour will be complete and so will your photo. So, get on your bike, choose your favorite acarajé board – Cira, Dinha or Regina – and sit on the wall next to the Odoyá sculpture, by the artist Ray Vianna. There you go! 3 in 1!