The State of Bahia is known as 'the land of the drum', and fuelled by a rich Afro-Brazilian culture Bahia’s cool coast certainly moves to its own beat. Experience this by the bucket-load in Salvador da Bahia - the musical and cultural capital of the north-eastern state, where Brazil’s African roots thrive. One of the main draws is the //">Pelourinho - a multi-coloured UNESCO-listed neighbourhood (on just about every postcard of Salvador), full of colonial buildings and beautiful baroque churches. The Brazilian author Jorge Amado was inspired by its gritty charm, while Michael Jackson performed with the city’s most celebrated percussion band - Olodum - in the picturesque main square. While on Bahia holidays, encounter electric evenings, of live capoeira performances and indulge in doughy shrimp fritters sizzled in dende oil – a Bahian speciality. Your base? How does an 18th-century mansion overlooking the cobbled old town and church bells sound? Take our word for it, it’s perfection.

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