Bahia Holidays: an Overview

The State of Bahia is known as 'the land of the drum'. It is one of the most historic regions of Brazil, with a number of important cultural attractions, as well as endless miles of beautiful coastline.

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Luxury Bahia Holidays: the Detail

Bahia's capital, the colonial city of Salvador, is considered the country's cultural capital. Salvador is home to the ancient art of capoeira, a martial art developed by the Bahian slaves under the guise of dance movements. You'll also see the Candomblé; an African dance performed by women, with graceful hand movements and swaying hips.

Explore the streets, sample the Afro-Brazilian cuisine, and browse the markets at leisure or let Original Travel arrange lessons in samba dance, drumming or capoeira.

In the interior of Bahia lies a Lord of the Rings-esque land of underground rivers, cacti and table-top mountains. Based in a charming colonial village here in the heart of the Chapada Diamantina, you can explore the scenery on foot or by bike with an English-speaking guide. Breathtaking hikes and mountain-bike trips are interspersed with dips into the many crystalline streams and pools that are safe to drink from as you swim. There are underground caves to explore and for the more adventurous, diving deep into the caves is an option.

On the coast, Trancoso is fast becoming one the hippest beach destinations in South America, attracting celebrities aplenty. The village overlooks perfect palm-fringed beaches and colourful former slave houses cluster around the large main square known as the Quadrado, where everyone gathers to sip caipirinhas and browse in the antique shops, boutiques and local stalls. The atmosphere is one of sophisticated relaxation and flip-flops (havaianas, naturally), linen shirts and kaftans are the order of the day.


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The state of Bahia has the longest coastline – hence why it’s so well known for having the country’s best beaches.

Ysobel , Original Traveller

A note on price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week itinerary starts from £3,500 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 15cm / 5.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs


Top picks for Bahia

Canto das Aguas

Canto das Aguas

Bahia

Canto das Aguas is a charming hotel situated on rough granite rocks, in the curve of the beautiful Lencois River.

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Pousada Etnia

Pousada Etnia

Bahia

Etnia Pousada is a stylish and chic boutique hotel, cleverly combining its simple contemporary design to its natural settings.

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Txai

Txai

Bahia

With each bungalow built individually on stilts and spread out among the coconut groves, the maximum amount of privacy and tranquillity are ensured at the Txai resort.

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Convento do Carmo

Convento do Carmo

Bahia

As Brazil’s first luxury historic hotel this beautifully restored convent not only boasts a sense of grandeur thanks to stone flagged floors and age-old cloisters, but beautifully incorporates subtle elements of modernity.

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Villa Bahia

Villa Bahia

Bahia

Villa Bahia is a charming, small hotel in the historical city of Salvador.

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Salvador Carnival

Salvador Carnival

Bahia

The most exciting moment in the Salvador calendar is undoubtedly the spectacular February carnival, when up to two million revellers from all over Brazil and the world fill the streets over four days, dancing, singing and drinking in inimitable Brazilian style.

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Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Bahia

Trekking is undoubtedly one the best ways to discover all there is to see in Chapada Diamantina, - the Diamond Plateau - a land of underground rivers, cacti and dramatic landscapes which is deservedly considered one of the most fascinating natural areas of Brazil.

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Uxua Casa Hotel

Uxua Casa Hotel

Bahia

Wonderfully situated in Trancoso's historic Quadrado, its grassy town square which is lined by colourful former fishermen casas, Casa Uxua Hotel is one of Bahia's finest luxury hotels, and a firm favourite of Original Travel.

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Casa do Amarelindo

Casa do Amarelindo

Bahia

Casa do Amarelindo is a charming hotel, built within in a fully restored 19th Century building in the heart of the Pelhourinho.

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Capoeira lessons

Capoeira lessons

Bahia

Original Travel can arrange private or group capoeira and samba lessons in Rio or in Salvador; after all, where better to learn?

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Kiaroa

Kiaroa

Bahia

Remote, but not remotely uncomfortable, Kiaroa is one of Brazil's finest eco-lodges.

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Pelourinho district

Pelourinho district

Bahia

The city of Salvador itself is often referred to as the ‘African Soul’ of Brazil, as descendants of the first African slaves have held tight to their African traditions, and these mingle with the colonial influences to compelling effect.

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