Pelourinho, Salvador

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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 part of your Salvador vacation plans using our Salvador trip planner .
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  • Perfect tourist spot, many handicrafts and to know the culture of Bahia. Super worth check
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  • Historic site, with great architectural and urban interventions. With bars that are created in the ancient wide townhouses
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  • The place is amazing! Every trip I discover new things, shops, groceries, crafts, stories. Going to Salvador to visit is a must. I've made several adjustments to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties, but access is still very difficult. There is a sidewalk where possible use with wheelchairs and strollers. But there will be major climbs and descents.
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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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