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Porto da Barra, Salvador

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Colonial forts from the 17th century dot the beach landscape at Porto da Barra. The calm, clear waters and white sandy beach attracts locals and tourists of all sorts, from rich to poor and eclectic to mundane. Besides large crowds, which you can escape with a short walk in either direction, you'll also see a small white colonial fort at one end, and a whitewashed church on the other.

Swimming is permitted in the warm, clean waters, but street merchants will try to sell you all types of goods, especially eyeing your goods if you leave them alone to take a dip in the water. One of the key things about this bay is that it faces west allowing a picturesque view of the sun setting behind the bay. Plan to see Porto da Barra and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador vacation trip planner.
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  • One of the most beautiful places I know. A great Beach, calm waters and sea wave. Has all below. Sunset deserves special attention, worth staying until the end of the day.
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  • The beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. With calm and transparent water, is perfect for a swim. The sun goes down at sea, providing a rare spectacle and unforgettable.
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  • Praia da Barra is one of the postcards of Salvador, urbanized place with many dining options, bars and coffee shops. The beach on weekends, is crowded with bathers and the cm square is much disputed, I suggest, if you're a tourist, be careful with the opportunity and with thieves who can steal their belongings while you'll cool off in the sea or while you are distracted in the sand. On weekdays the beach is less crowded and more enjoyable, as suggestion see the sunset in the dead of Christ or the Farol da Barra. I think you'll see a sunset unique and striking.
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