1. Explore the cobblestone streets
Salvadorâ€™s historic neighbourhood of Pelourinho used to be the city centre during the Portuguese colonial period. The European style architecture combined with colorful facades and cobblestone streets makes it one of the most striking places in the country. A visit to this UNESCO Heritage site is a must.
2. Feel the faith
CandomblÃ© is an Afro-Brazilian religion that originated when the beliefs and practices brought with African slaves were combined with Catholicism. It encapsulates the Brazilian tendency to syncretism - basically to mish-mash faiths and theories from different religions. Some ceremonies of CandomblÃ© are open to the public and are spectacular.
3. Observe martial arts mastery
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art, dance and game. Although itâ€™s origins are still controversial, some argue that it was developed to assist slaves in disguising their martial arts training from the slave-owners. Head to the fortress of Capoeira and watch the sun set with old masters playing in the foreground.
4. Discover the Salvadorian spirit from local kids
You cannot escape the beat of music in Salvador - itâ€™s everywhere loud and proud. The Olodum is a social and educational project designed for local kids that uses music as a pathway to accessing a life of opportunity. They are invited to perform around the world and if youâ€™re lucky you might catch them rehearsing on the streets of the Pelourinho - it will give you goosebumps.
5. Savour some Afro-Brazilian specilaties
The African slaves brought with them ingredients and cooking techniques that are now part of everyday live in Brazil. In Salvador, their heritage is everywhere and the city is infused by the aroma of dendÃª oil in the afternoon when acarajÃ©, a type of black-eyed bean fritter, is prepared. Make sure you have a fresh one from street vendors around town.
6. Where to eat
Casa de Teresa (Rua Odilon Santos, 45 - Rio Vermelh, +55 71 3329-3016)
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