Beautiful Bahia

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Beautiful Bahia

In embarking on Bahia holidays, you’ll find yourself immersed in a head-on collision of contrasting cultures, a divine and infectious mixture of Portuguese architectural themes and European sophistication and a vibrant and colourful African rhythmic ethos, both leading to a captivating experience in Brazil.

Brazil is famed for its colourful and contagious atmosphere, spanning dance, music and art – something you’ll find at its finest in the state capital of Salvador. While one aspect of holidays to Bahia should be centred around experience this region’s immense culture and history, another should be based on outdoor exploration, allowing you to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most diverse and enthralling landscapes.

Stunning Scenery and Immense Culture

The entire state of Bahia is a playground for both culture vultures and lovers of the great outdoors, offering up a combination of cities of immense history, and destinations immersed in stunning natural beauty. Whatever you envisage yourself doing during your holidays in Bahia, embracing both notions will see you greatly rewarded. For the beach bums among you, head to the beautiful city of Ilheus, where you can indulge in both golden strips of sand and striking churches and cathedrals, while the beaches at Cumuruxatiba will mesmerise even those that don’t worship the sun, sand and sea.

Try your hand at some outdoor adventure during your time in the state, whether amid the captivating rainforest settings or on the waters of a raging river. Itacare is a great option, boasting fantastic white water rafting opportunities, as well as fantastic surfing, all in a location immersed in Atlantic rainforest. The Chapada Diamantina is another wonderful destination for those seeking outdoor exploration, home to some of the most remarkable landscapes in Brazil, spanning forests, lakes, rivers, canyons and caves. No trip to Bahia is complete without a visit to the state capital Salvador, particularly to absorb the myriad of sites encountered in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage old town. Tick off the Sao Francisco Church and Covent, the cathedral and the Ordem Terceira do Carmo Church, before ducking into some of the city’s museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art or the stunning mansion that is the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum.

Attractions

Long stretches of white sandy beaches are scattered all the way along the Bahia coastline. There are exciting beaches in the main city of Salvador, beautiful beaches with seafood restaurants and bars at Porto Seguro in south Bahia, and plenty of picturesque and desolate beaches elsewhere along the coast lapped by crystal clear emerald water.

Things to Do

Visit Bahia between July and November and a whale watching trip is a must. The warm waters of the Atlantic off the southern coast of Bahia are the breeding grounds for humpback whales so it’s the perfect place to spot these incredible creatures on a boat trip. Discover what's below the ocean on a diving or snorkelling adventure or stick closer to dry land and try an array of water sports.

Eating Out

Wherever you stay along the coast, whether in fun-packed Porto Seguro, historic Salvador or a traditional fishing village, you'll be able to find an ocean-side seafood restaurant. After a long day spent sunbathing and swimming, brush off the sand, slip on your flip flops and head to whichever restaurant takes your fancy.