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Address: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Phone Number:
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of...

Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of Salvador is worth visiting for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, churches, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

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Pelourinho Tour by Night
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Salvador da Bahia African Heritage city Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

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Interesting architecture

Lovely colourful colonial buildings abound. Wander around the narrow cobbled streets and experience the old town! It may be feel a little uncomfortable at times, but there are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 11, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

Must see for the city, is the center of the old city, "cidade alta" in Salvador. Is also a good choice as a place to stay in the city. Has life all day long, in the morning as in the night. You will appreciate during the day the brilliant colors, the sound of percussions in largo do Pelourinho, the artists... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

This place is like what Southern Greece is now. The area is a blast from the past and very historic sort of like a poor mans New Orleans pre hurricane Katrina. The place is rife with pickpockets and people who could care less about what they do to you to get what you have. Go when it is busy but... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Salvador is my favorite city in Brazil. Pelourinho is a must see . Plenty of music, history , capoeira and good food.

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Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

I was very glad to check that the borough had been completely restored. Its magnificent houses are now in perfect state. I must also add that I had for the first time a good sensation of security, as I wandered its slopes. There were many policement around.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

When in Pelourinho be very vigilant. 3 of my colleagues were robbed/pick pocketed here. Avoid dense crowds and walking alone at night. Also walk carefully, the streets are uneven and the cobblestone is a nightmare. Dont walk around in havaianas or heels!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Pelourighno has tipical colonial architecture. You can fall in love with the coloful building there but be careful - it is common place to get robber froyour phone or camera. Better keep them in your pants. Find a first school of capoeira over there, sometimes they give a show :)

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Pelourinho is the "heart" of Salvador , the oldest big city in Brasil , so has many historical buidings , inclusively the first brasilian University ( Medicine) , some beautiful churchs ( San Francisco , Our Lady of Mercy) and the Jorge Amado Foundation ( famous brazilian writer well-know in all world); at the same time is a very funny... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Lovely colourful colonial buildings abound. Wander around the narrow cobbled streets and experience the old town! It may be feel a little uncomfortable at times, but there are plenty of police around to keep you safe!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

You can certainly wander the cobble-stoned streets; however, it is a good idea to get a knowledgeable guide who can speak to history. Lots of cafe, eateries, shops. Walk away from the center of the plaza to get good deals and leave the tourist trap.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

It is part of Brazilian history, and world heritage. Must visit the São Francisco church (wow...how rich), see the art, and experience the drums of Olodum. Make sure to pick a local guide, they are inexpensive and know better than anyone, as it is likely they were born right there. The area is quite safe, so make sure to take... More 

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