10 Things To Do in Bahia

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Source: Fernando Hidalgo Molina

Bahia is a state of Brazil that is located in the northeastern part of the country. The total land area of Bahia is 565,733 kilometers squared making it the fifth largest state in the entire Brazil. The state has an approximately 15,203,934 inhabitants as of 2015. The capital city of Bahia is Salvador.

1. Step into the historical churches

Visiting churches during a vacation might be the last thing on your mind but it is totally different here in Bahia. The churches are full of history and most of them are very ancient. It’s an amazing thing to see something that has been there for ages. The famous churches in Bahia are Igreja e Convento de São Francisco, Basílica do Senhor do Bonfim, Catedral Basílica de São Salvador, Arquidiocese de São Salvador da Bahia, Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia and Igreja universal do Reino de Deus.

2. Educate yourself with the local history

Learn more about the history of Bahia and how interesting it is by visiting if not all then one of the museums in the state. You will be able to witness some artifacts, the lifestyle of the people from the past and any other things that you don’t see in normal days. The famous museums in Bahia are MAM Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Museu Carlos Costa Pinto, Museu Afro, Palacete das Artes, Farol Da Barra (Museu Náutico da Bahia), Museu da Cidade and so much more.

3. Taste the best food in town

A good way to explore the state is to taste the food in every famous restaurant you can ever go to find the best one that suits your taste. The most famous restaurants in Bahia for you to plunge in are Restaurante Larriquerri, Pysco Restaurante-Bar, A Casa Vidal, Pedra Pua Restaurante, Cuco Bistro, Pasta em Casa, La Taperia, Boi Preto Grill and so much more.

4. Visit the paradise of Ilha dos Frades

Ilha dos Frades is a tropical paradise beach that is really great when taking a day trip to Salvador, Bahia. Sometimes the beach can be crowded but it wouldn’t hurt to have a visit and just enjoy the ocean breeze if you do not have time for a swim. There are also boat tours available at the beach which you might want to avail.

5. Stroll around Pelourinho

Just take your time and enjoy the wanders of Bahia by walking around the streets of Pelourinho. It is a really great place for tourist since there are police patrolling around with lots of bars, restaurants, cafe, shops, musical venues that are just around the streets for you to wander around.

6. Have a swim at the beaches

Take your time away from the busy city by going into beaches. The beaches in Bahia are very fine if you are not planning for a swim just bring your swimming clothes because you might be tempted to dip into the water because of the amazing view and breeze. The famous beaches around Bahia are Praia Piata, Praia da Barra, Praia Corsario, Boa Viagem, Praia de Amaralina, Praia Itapua, and Praia Stella Maris and Flamengo.

7. Explore Barra Lighthouse

Barra Lighthouse is an old fort that is turned into a museum. It is a really great place to visit and walk around. This fort is an old Portuguese style fort and a jewelry of old colonial architecture. The lighthouse also overlooks the coastline and beaches of Bahia. It is also a great place to watch the sunset.


  • Name: Barra Lighthouse
  • Address: Largo do Farol da Barra | Barra, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140-650, Brazil
  • Acess: 5 minutes away from Farol da Barra Beach
  • Price: $15USD
  • Phone: (071)3264 3296 / 3331 8039
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Website: http://www.museunauticodabahia.org.br/#_=_

8. Chill at the parks

Unwind and enjoy your vacation in Bahia by strolling around the parks, it will not just make you feel relaxed but you will also be awed by the views that you get to see. It would also be great for you to have a picnic at the place. The parks in Bahia are also great for families with little children. The famous parks in Bahia are Aeroclube Plaza Show Geral, Castro Alves Square, Chapada Diamantina, Consórcio Parques Urbanos, Costa Azul Park and Dique do Tororó Metropolitan Park.

9. Book a private tour

Leave the hassle away to the travel agency by booking a private tour. The travel agency will be the one to organize everything for you including your meals, accommodation, transportation and all of the activities and places that you are going to go. All that is left for you to do is to just enjoy your trip without any worries.

10. Get fascinated by the Morro do Cristo

It is a landmark in Bahia where there is a Christ Statue with the ocean view. Just take your time and enjoy the breeze as you walk along the area. There are restaurants and cafes that you will pass by just in case you want to grab a quick bite or just relax. Do not forget to take your camera with you to take those memorable snaps.

Have a good trip and travel!