Nine states, endless coastline and unbridled passion – the Northeast is in spite of the poverty, one of the most beautiful regions of the country! Historically significant, with an almost magical cultural influence, frenetic rhythm and varied colors, Bahia is a must for Brazilians and foreign visitors.
Thanks to its more than 1,000 km of coastline, Bahia offers beaches for all tastes: the so-called „Cocoa Coast“, a bewitching natural and unspoiled beauty.
Salvador da Bahia – the African – is the third largest Brazilian city after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The historical name of the seaside town is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos (Holy Saviour of the Bay of All Saints), as it is located on the Bay of All Saints. Salvador has the largest complex of Baroque architecture in South America and is listed as a World Heritage Site. The city is built on different levels of a mountain range, which divides the city into an upper city (Cidade Alta) and a lower city 70 meters below (Cidade Baixa).
An internationally recognized trade center Salvador has a petroleum refinery and sugar, cotton, tobacco and cocoa processing. With the largest proportion of black residents (75 %) in Brazil, Salvador’s heartbeat is a downright vibrant aura that can be felt throughout the city: in the melodic dialect, in the flowing movements of people, in the African rhythm of their „Candomblés“ (spiritual ceremonies) and in the „capoeira“ (traditional foot fights). In art, folklore, and even in the excellent Bahian cuisine, the African influence is clear.
Further to the south is the „Discovery Coast“, and the city is Porto Seguro. It is considered a historical heritage of Brazil as Pedro Alvares Cabral, the Portuguese navigator first set foot on Brazilian soil there on the 22nd April 1500. Porto Seguro virtually never sleeps. The small town – with more than 90 km of beaches protected by the offshore coral reefs – has now blossomed into one of the most popular attractions of Brazilian and international tourists. Here one can enjoy sun, sand and sea into the night to the flow of the „Lambada“. Take the ferry over the small river to reach Arraial d’Ajuda. The location, discovered in the 70s by the international hippie movement, has in the meantime gained an international tourist reputation with its „elegant simplicity“.
A total of 12 km of coastline are among the most beautiful stretches of beach in Brazil. Rugged cliffs frame the beach and offshore reefs form natural pools of warm water. The beaches “ Araçaipe, Mucugê, Pitinga“ and „Taipe“ are sometimes lonely, sometimes crowded. Either alone with the coconut palms and “Restinga” vegetation, or bustling with many young people and a lot of hullabaloo. There is more in the vicinity Trancoso, Caraiva and the National Park of Monte Pascoal, which is surrounded by an Indian reservation.
If you leave the coast behind, the mountains and canyons of the Chapada Diamantina offer fantastic nature experiences: waterfalls, caves and trails. And to the west, more valleys, rivers and plateaus that are not yet discovered by tourism.