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Porto Seguro - State of Bahia, 45810-000, Brazil
The restaurant attached to the 12-room El Gordo Inn justifies the trip to Trancoso, a Bahia beach town. Order lagareiro, an amazing dish of sautéed octopus dressed in olive oil. Praça São João 7, Quadrado, 55/(0) 73-3668-1193. This appeared in the...
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Porto Seguro - State of Bahia, 45810-000, Brazil
Uxua is the rare resort that makes an extra effort for its gets to connect with local culture. At the restaurant, you can taste traditional Bahian dishes. But you can also request for the chef, Bernardino, to give you cooking lessons in his...
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Trancoso, Porto Seguro - State of Bahia, Brazil
Uxua promotes indigenous traditions such as capoeira, an Afro-Bahian dance form inspired by martial arts and performed to music. Join locals in classes at the Capoeira Sul da Bahia academy. Give Back Uxua sponsors the capoeira academy, which...
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Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra - Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n - Barra, Salvador - BA, 40140-650, Brazil
Near the lighthouse of Salvador (Farol do Barra) there is a wide alley of cafes and bars that opens up onto the main road. I never remember the name of the alley or even of the cafes- but I tell people to look for the large mural of the mermaid at...
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Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, S/N - Pelourinho, Salvador - BA, 40020-280, Brazil
The touristy but ultimately seductive historic district in Salvador features sorbet-like colors against well-worn church plazas.
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Largo do Bonfim, s/n - Bonfim, Salvador - BA, 40415-475, Brazil
The ribbons tied to the gates of the Church of Bonfim (and to wrists of visitors in Salvador) signify the thousands of pilgrims who arrive at this historic site. The ribbons, called "lembrancas," are tied with a prayer or wish in mind. Each color...
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Pelourinho, Salvador - State of Bahia, 40026-210, Brazil
Strolling down the Pelourino, I came across two guys practicing the Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. What made this moment memorable in this lovely colonial city was that I stumbled upon these folks...
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Praça Visc. de Cayru, s/n - Comercio, Salvador - BA, 40015-170, Brazil
Bahian food is as fun to pronounce as it is to eat. There are stews like: Bobó, xím xím, moqueca and vatapá. I tried everything. What I kept going back for more of was xím xím, a coconut and gingery stew made with meat or fish. I would go to a...
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Av. Sete de Setembro, 4295 - Barra, Salvador - BA, 40140-110, Brazil
When in Salvador don't miss this lovely place in the neighbourhood of Barra, it's a hidden secret. On the rooftop of Aliança Francesa's building you'll find the Café Terrasse, with an amazing view to the ocean, Baia de Todos Os Santos. You can go...
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Praça Visc. de Cayru, s/n - Comercio, Salvador - BA, 40015-170, Brazil
This market is part of the history of Salvador, everyone has to visit it even if not interested in buying local art. There are about 200 little shops selling local art, mostly handmade, it’s a lovely place to buy souvenirs and get to know more...