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Salvador da Baía

Baia_350x260You were looking for it ... Here you are ! The bay ... "a Baía", from its real name "Baía de todos os santos" (all saints bay). Its immensity (the largest bay in South America) gives its name to the surrouding state of this huge country of Brazil.

Among all the saints, only one gave its name to the major city established around the bay : Saõ Salvador *, most known as Salvador. * from that comes the airport code "SSA"

As first capital of Brazil, the city keeps the majesty, perched on the heights at the entrance of the bay, and also stunning vestiges of European colonization. From this period also borrowed the nickname of "Black Rome", as can be seen as Salvador largest African city outside Africa (3.2 million). It is a place of resolution and differences equally, contact with people and cultures in a continuous and dynamic color.



The historic center is divided into upper-city (cidade alta), including at least neighborhoods of Centro, Pelourinho and San Antonio, and lower-city (cidade baixa), Comercio and the port, where stand office buildings. The two are linked by a major landmark of Salvador: the Lacerda Elevator (Elevador Lacerda).
Around this historical center, the town spreads over numerous hills, in many typical neighborhoods (private housing, favelas, former villages integrated within the city, condos, luxury buildings) separated by a freeways network surrounding the hills.
The concept of "center" is entirely relative in Salvador because life starts from the "neighborhood". The historic center is therefore constituted by few of these neighborhoods.  Actually, economic and social activities are totally exploded in the metropolitan area, which requires extensive travel (car or bus) and therefore a lot of traffic at peak hours. It must be considered to properly manage his schedule when moving around.

Nevertheless, the city has preserved many outstanding examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, where baroque style prevails for many important monuments. The brightly colored houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work jobs are a landmark of the old city and of the emblematic "Pelourinho" district, which is registered to UNESCO's World Heritage of Humanity, since 1990.


Majority of the population has African ancestry, which makes Salvador the largest African city outside of Africa and gave the nickname of "Black Rome." A particularly strong cultural trait that is found in spicy food and voodoo rituals, in dances (axé and samba) and in a colorful carnival.
Carnival in Salvador is the biggest street-carnival in the world and undoubtedly the most important event of the year for Bahia people. It is considered the most "real" carnivals of Brazil (unlike the Rio regarded by many as a show for tourists), and, indeed, 80% of participants are Brazilian. Visit our page devoted to the Carnival … Here !



Asleep during a long time, the city of Salvador run fast today towards modernism. We heard about new activities, country people flood here by thousands and skyscrapers pop-up like mushrooms. The forthcoming football (soccer) World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 blow minds and many projects are blooming.
According to Bahian people, Salvador is considered as less stressful and dangerous than cities in the south (Rio and São Paulo, for example). For the people of these cities, however, the Bahian people are known to mainly focus on partying. Difference between them is that, in one hand, the southern economic centers want to adopt the busy North american lifestyle, and in the other hand, people in Bahia want to keep their African nonchalance.

At the entrance of the bay, the iconic lighthouse, "o Farol", guide those who come from afar to where all started, the picturesque neighborhood and inescapable "Barra".
Here you'll stop your steps.
Here is your break, your home for a while, "a casa sua" : Noa Noa


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