Salvador de Bahia, Praia do forte & C. Saipe
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Salvador de Bahia, Praia do forte & C. Saipe Salvador da Bahia Reviews
One week in Salvador do Bahia Dec 30, 2014
I went to Salvador last week in November, 2014 in an attempt to escape the grey clouds of London and the approaching winter. And Salvador didn't let me down...with the notable expection of the first few days when it poured continuously:) So what can you do under these circumstances?
1. Go to the nearest beach. Porto Barra Beach is a very tiny beach (when the tide is up you'll find yourself confined to the wall) however the water is so calm and warm so you'd be tempted to overlook the overcrowded beach. If you're into football you'd appreciate the silky skills of the locals playing their famous 'one-touch don't let the ball hit the ground' routine.
2. Pelourinho - the historic centre. It's got its charm and it looks very much like the Portuguese colonial 17-18th century.
3. Try the local malls - there isn't that much variety as in Rio but you could still find some good Brazilian designers and the buy the mandatory pairs of Hawaianas.
The second part of the holidays the Sun was up so time for serious business:).
DO: go to Praia Des Jaguarides. It's a 45 minutes by bus from Sheraton (or Barra area) but it's worth the trip. The beach resembles of a tropical Caribbean one and you'd feel like you're in Brazil (let alone the surfing experience). Crystal clear waters but you can't swim as there's big waves and very choppy. Walk on the beach from Jaguarides to Rio Vermelho (or at least until Praia des Artistas). Go to Morro Do Sao Paolo - it's a wonderful island village two hours off Salvador.
DON'T: stay in Barra/Ferrol Do Barra at weekends, it is overcroweded enough during the weekdays. Don't be put off by those exaggerated safety trips, some areas may appear rough but as long as you don't walk on some dody streets at night or flashing an expensive camera you'd be safe. Buses are safe during the day, don't spend lots of money on taxis (apart from the evenings). If you're going to Morro Do Sao Paolo by boat and plan to come back the same day make sure there is a return boat - I didn't and had to go via the Semiterrestre (combined boat - bus - boat 4 hours trip to Salvador); I still liked it but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. And while at it, don't plan tospend just a few hours on Morro Do Sao Paolo, it's worth a few days stay.
Hotels: I stayed at Sheraton (SPG membership advantages), I'd recommend it. Conveniently located in the proximity to both Barra and Pelourinho (20 mins walk to Barra, 10 mins taxi drive to the historic centre), however you'd find better food outside than in the restaurant/hotel bar. Try the tapioca at breakfast.
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Jan 03, 2008
Half week hollidays:
I was sleeping on Costa do Sauipe Suites, I went one day at Salvador and an other to praia do Forte.
Costa do Sauipe Ressort:
It's Ok, the suites are incredible big an confortable, the bathroom also, this hotel is for a family with children, quiet, the pool is ok, nobody is on the beach.
For a little fun go to Vilanova da praia (in the midle of the ressort)or to the pool of costa do sauipe conventions, much young people, activities and a bar inside the pool.
Pic from the costa do suipe homepage
Praia do forte:
I can´t book for the Eco-ressort :(
The town is ok, a lot of gift-shops, with an small church close to the beach, visit the Tamar Project (turtles) it's nice. For lunch you can go to one of those reastaurants on the beach, tipycal for tourists.
What to say about the "Pelourinho"...great!
I was in an old Jail, now a market called "Mercado modelo" very close to the pelourinho elevator, there you can buy a lot of gifts cheaper than the pelou...
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