If you're going to Brazil, don't miss Salvador. It's a 2 hour flight from Rio. As the first city in Brazil it's got great Portuguese colonial architecture, crafts, and ancient streets. As the home of Afro-Brazilian culture-- this was the port for the huge African-Brazilian slave trade-- it is rich in hybrid Potuguese-native-Afro-Brazilian culture and arts. Think: African drumming and chanting in a gilded Portuguese Catholic church, with communion.
There are also beaches, boat trips, and a terrific mercado for crafts things.
This hotel was perfect. it's a small beautiful restored 18th century house, with striking traditional and contemporary arts all over the place. It's walking distance from the center of the old city. Eric, the French-Brazilian owner, speaks English and is generous with his time and recommendations. He took some of us to the huge vegetable/fruit market one morning. Excellent breakfast on a terrace overlooking the bay-- lots of fruit and local pastries. Tons of coffee. Lots of common space to hang out. And wireless internet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cultural centre with art gallery and panoramical view on the bay,Excellent tropical breakfast. Free wi fi. Ecoturism activities ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Des Arts Salvador, Bahia, Brazil