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Pelourinho, Salvador

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
A stroll through the historic Colonial district, Pelourinho brings you past brightly colored Renaissance buildings decorated with fine stucco work. This district has an extreme wealth of historical monuments dating back to the 17th through 19th centuries. Nicknamed "Pelô" by residents, this old part of the upper city encompasses several blocks around a triangular Largo. The large open-air market offers artistic and cultural souvenirs, as well as churches, museums, and shops housed in pastel-colored buildings. You'll find decadent restaurants and cafés and a lively local music scene with a bustling nightlife. Percussion musicians play drums in the streets including the areas signature berimbaus, which you can buy in several of the surrounding shops. Make Pelourinho a centerpiece of your Salvador vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Salvador trip itinerary builder.
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  • I went on a Saturday morning. recommend leaving your car in the parking lot next to the square of the arts. I noticed a lot of cops and didn't feel unsafe, but we must always remain vigilant because the region has its risks.
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  • I was there on Tuesday night, when the third blessing. Was well policed the site, had the olodum presentation that did not impress much, but it's worth the ride, but traditional for tourism recommend going during the day
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  • It was clean, it was a quiet visit, the place was beautifully decorated because of the festivals of Saint John. And find the makeup artists of Timbalada which make the designs on the skin by $20 was perfect for the girls.
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Where to stay in Salvador

The majority of accommodations in Salvador fall into three distinct groupings. If you want to be close to the best historical attractions, stay in or near the old town of Pelourinho, a few minutes from the city's west-facing coastline. This also puts you in the heart of Salvador's tourist-driven nightlife. Your second option is to stay at the southwestern tip of the city, in the neighborhood of Barram, where you'll have instant access to one of Salvador's favorite beaches. Finally, look a bit farther afield to Rio Vermelho, a quieter beachside neighborhood facing south.
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