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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Flight from London London

12:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

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.

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The fascinating history - the Pelourinho was the location for slave auctions in the days before slavery was outlawed in the early 1800s.

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Where to stay

Uxua Casa Hotel

Uxua Casa Hotel

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.

Villa Bahia

Villa Bahia

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

Txai

Txai

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.

Convento do Carmo

Convento do Carmo

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.

Estrela D’Agua

Estrela D’Agua

Estrela D’Agua is a charming pousada set within extensive tropical gardens situated just outside the hip town of Trancoso.

Pousada Etnia

Pousada Etnia

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

Canto das Aguas

Canto das Aguas

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

Kiaroa

Kiaroa

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

Alcino's Pousada

Alcino's Pousada

This wonderfully restored 19th century colonial mansion offers ultimate simplicity with all the charm of a boutique hotel.

Casa do Amarelindo

Casa do Amarelindo

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

Vila Naia

Vila Naia

Vila Naia is designed to resemble a traditional fishing village, but we're pretty sure your average Brazilian seafarer doesn't live in such style.

Villas de Trancoso

Villas de Trancoso

Trancoso, Bahia in the Brazilian North-east is the hippest beach destination in South America.

Villa Itapororoca

Villa Itapororoca

This luxurious private 25 acre estate, with 500m of beachfront, is just five miles from Trancoso’s famous Quadrado, or main square.

Butterfly House

Butterfly House

Butterfly House is a chic beach front hotel. Located on the Maraú Peninsula surrounded by vast beaches, wildlife, freshwater lakes and World Heritage-listed rain-forests, it is the perfect place to retreat to.

Tutabel

Tutabel

This chic yet bohemian boutique hotel sits in a beautiful beach side location near the historic fishing village of Trancoso and its authentic Brazilian atmosphere is apparent, and amplified, through the use of open spaces, outdoor lounges and colourful decor.

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