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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.
The Pelourinho, a bohemian UNESCO protected district in the historic centre of Salvador, is renowned for its beautiful colonial architecture, multi-coloured houses and steep cobblestone streets.
Pelourinho is often called a city within a city because its character is so individual and it's such a highlight of any visit to Salvador. The best way to explore the churches, cafés and music bars is on foot; although this area was in disrepair until the 90s, it has had substantial investment in restoration and security and is now a charming and safe place for tourists.