After hearing so many times about the heat that Salvador brings into people’s hearts, every tourist that visits the capital hopes to find the beautiful beaches that beautify the “city of light and pleasure” under the sunshine. Although, that’s not always possible. Salvador has a really miscellaneous weather, especially between April and July, what can provide some rain during your trip. But it doesn’t need to ruin the visit: there are plenty wonderful things you can do even with the bad weather, and we prepared a list with the most relevant ones for you. It’s just scroll up and check it out!
Mercado Modelo -
Our first tour sets place at the Cairu square, in Comércio’s neighborhood. It’s a crafting market with two floors and 263 stores and restaurants. Some of them, like the bahian restaurant “Maria de São Pedro”, which has been there for over 80 years, are part of bahia’s culture. The place is open to visits from 9 am to 6 pm, except at Sundays, when it is only possible to visit it from 9 am to 2 pm.
Museu da Gastronomia Baiana -
For those who fell in love with the typical cuisine of the state, a good option is the visit to the Museum of Bahian Gastronomy, which tells a little about the history of local foods, from the concave to the hinterland. Inside the building, you can also find a restaurant-museum-school, where you can taste the flavours of Bahia, and a store called ”Loja Doces e Livros”, a space to buy books focused on gastronomy, have a coffee and even acquire souvenirs from the museum. The establishment is closed on Sundays, but opens its doors on other days from 9 am to 5 pm.
Address: Largo do Pelourinho, 13/19 - Pelourinho
Telephone Number: (71) 3324-8118
Casa do Carnaval da Bahia -
Still in Pelourinho, it is worth visiting the bahia’s carnival house, located in the Ramos de Queirós square. The tour is done individually, with the use of headphones, and features models, clothes, instruments, photos and documents from the party. In the museum there are also two cinemas, where visitors learn the history of carnival characterized, and a terrace overlooking the Bay of Todos os Santos, where several acoustic shows are held. The establishment is not open for visitation on Sundays, but opens on all other days from 11 am to 18 pm.
Telephone Number: (71) 3324-6760
Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado -
Jorge Amado’s house is possibly the most famous museum in Pelourinho, which tells the story of the renowned writer through documents, photographs taken by Zélia Gattai (his wife), books, objects and prizes. The exhibition opens from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, but will be closed from February 28 to March 6, due to the occurrence of celebrations in the region.
Address: Largo do Pelourinho, 15
Telephone Number: (71) 3321-0070
Casa do Rio Vermelho -
Readers of Jorge Amado's works can also visit the house where the writer and his wife lived for many years. Nowadays the place is a museum that has videos, photos, furniture and utensils of the two of them available for visitation. In the establishment there is also a souvenir shop, a café and a garden, in which the ashes of the two writers are deposited. It is closed on Mondays, but open for the rest of the week from 10 am to 5 pm. And here's a tip: if the visit takes place on a Wednesday, there is no need to pay for the ticket!
Address: R. Alagoinhas, 33 - Rio Vermelho
Telephone Number: (71) 3333-1919
Memorial Casa Di Vina -
Jorge Amado’s house isn’t the only one you can visit in Salvador. The city also has the exhibition “Casa Di Vina”, which was for many years the home of the Brazilian poet Vinícius de Moraes and his wife Gessy Gesse. Currently the place is a museum full of objects, documents and photos that portray the couple's history. Within the establishment, there is also a Bahian and Mediterranean restaurant, which has Gessy's own recipes, and a children's playground so that the kids are sure to have fun. Small cultural events are held at the house in the form of intimate soirees, which characterize the musical project Noite Di Vina and have the presence of several local artists. The space is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday from 12 am to 11 pm, and on Sundays from 12 am to 10 pm. It's definitely worth the visit!
Address: R. Flamengo, 44 - Itapuã
Telephone Number: (71) 3014-8730
Galeria RV -
Also located in Rio Vermelho is Galeria RV, an exhibition of drawings, collages, paintings and printing processes by emerging artists that includes workshops, guided tours and autograph sessions. The place is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and also has a bookshop specializes in comics of different types and nationalities, which adds a lot to the tour!
Address: Av. Cardeal da Silva, 158 - Rio Vermelho
Museu Náutico da Bahia -
The last museum on our list is the Nautical Museum of Bahia, which is located at Farol da Barra and covers Brazilian hydrography, navigation, shipwrecks and nautical signaling through pieces, models and old nautical charts. It is not possible to visit on Mondays, but the place is open for visits from Thursday to Saturday, from 9 am to 9 pm, and on other days from 9 am to 6 pm.
Address: Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra - Largo do Farol da Barra
Telephone Number: (71) 3264-3296
Pra Começar, Music Bar -
Rainy or not, Salvador has a very lively nightlife, which can be enjoyed in various ballads around the city. One of them is the air-conditioned bar “Pra Começar, Music Bar”, which offers country, samba, pop and axé nights, and has a varied menu which includes different drinks. The party does not take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but it works hectic on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 pm to 4 am, on Saturdays, from 3 pm to 4 am, and on Sundays, from 8 pm to 2 am. It is an excellent call for those looking for fun (and a few drinks!).
Address: Av. Manoel Dias da Silva, 1345 - Pituba
Telephone Number: (71) 3345-6450
Another excellent party in Salvador is in a tire shop, common during the day, but super hectic at night. It is due to the fact that, when the sun goes down, the tire shop becomes a lively ballad, decorated with vinyls and bicycle tires hanging from the ceiling. To enjoy a rainy night in the city, just go there!
Address: Conselheiro Pedro Luís, 101A - Rio Vermelho
Big Jump -
Family trips are way funnier if they also have programs that involve children, and Salvador has a perfect tour for families on rainy days: the Big Jump! The venue opens at 10 am and runs until 9 pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at 10 pm. The idea of creating the space came from the McFly family, who wanted to create a fun alternative so that children would not spend their rainy days in front of electronic screens. So, they set up a huge park of trampolines, where fun is guaranteed regardless of the weather forecast!
Address: Av. Orlando Gomes, 1296 - Piatã
Telephone Number: (71) 3368-1842
Teatro Castro Alves -
The last tour on our list is totally cultural, and can be done by any group: families, couples, friends or even travelers without a group. That's because at Teatro Castro Alves there are shows for all ages and for all tastes. Just take a look at the timetable available at www.tca.ba.gov.br, find a show that interests you, and enjoy the experience!
Address: Praça Dois de Julho - Campo Grande
Telephone Number: (71) 3535-0600