Pelourinho, Salvador

3.7
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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  • We hired the "Tur to perform the scenic and historic by salvador, by the value of 140.00 per person, and one of the historical points was the ida in pelourinho, which according to the Guide, has this name because of the trunk that was used to put the slaves tied, back in the days of slavery. It has many old buildings and colorful houses, as well as many churches and the first school of Medicine of Brazil, which today operates as a museum. As for security, we feel safe because there were a lot of cops on the streets, and our guide instructed us about the possible harassment from sellers that arrive saying it's only a "gift" and that I charge to the end, with that don't fall into pranks and not spent no trouble.
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  • Pelourinho is this "Street", but also gives its name to this area of the historic centre. Personally, I thought it was overrated. The Largo de São Francisco, just above the Pelourinho, is much more beautiful. But it is clear that the visit worthwhile! There is Bahia and drumming that represent exactly the image that conceives of the place. I would have gone to the Carmo Church and went to the famous bar Cruz do Pascoal, but I was afraid to run the ascent by a street less touristy.
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  • Picturesque, attractive and steeped in history. Many churches and local rather than selling handicrafts. Colorful architecture.
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