Praia do Porto da Barra, Salvador

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Colonial forts from the 17th century dot the beach landscape at Praia do 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 Praia do Porto da Barra and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador trip builder tool .
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  • The beach of Porto is one of the most beautiful and pleasant beaches of Salvador. It is located in a traditional neighbourhood. The area has been revitalized and is gaining new contours. With calm waters for being located in the Baia de Todos os Santos. Beautiful and Nice, but just go during the week!
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  • Avoid weekends because the beach is very crowded, but if you can hang out during the week will find an urban beaches with calm waters and warm. The harassment of hawkers is a bit boring. You can rent boards of stand-up and paddle out to the boats that are moored. Beautiful place, if you can stay until sundown-worth.
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  • Beach calm and warm waters, in addition to staying in one of the postcards of salvador. One of the best places to watch the sunset in Salvador. Not to be missed.
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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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