Lower City Tour (Self Guided), Salvador

Salvador is divided into the historic Upper City, and the Lower City located on the waterfront. The Lower City has a great view of the Bay of All Saints and magnificent buildings, monuments and fountains. Take the following tour to see the best spots in this area of Salvador.
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Lower City Tour Map

Guide Name: Lower City Tour
Guide Location: Brazil » Salvador (See other walking tours in Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Largo do Cais do Ouro
  • Monument Conde dos Arcos
  • Praça Riachuelo
  • Fonte da Rampa do Mercado
  • Marinha do Brasil
  • Monument of Castro Alves
  • Portuguese Cabinet of Literature
  • Fonte da Independencia
Largo do Cais do Ouro

1) Largo do Cais do Ouro

Largo do Cais do Ouro, which translates as Square of the Gold Pier, is a city square and park on the waterfront. It contains a fascinating sculpture of two large hands, named Mãos, which is Portuguese for 'hands.'
Monument Conde dos Arcos

2) Monument Conde dos Arcos

Monument Conde dos Arcos is dedicated to the Viceroy of Brazil Count of Arcos de Val de Vez and is in the form of his figure. The 18th century Neoclassical buildings around the monument are interesting from an architectural point of view.
Praça Riachuelo

3) Praça Riachuelo

Praça Riachuelo, a small square near the coastline, features a monument commemorating the Battle of Riachuelo, a great battle involving Paraguay, Brazil and other Latin American nations. Consisting of a woman with her hands up atop a tall column, this monument stands in front of Commercial Palace, a beautiful Neoclassical building from the early 19th century which served as a place for merchants to meet.
Fonte da Rampa do Mercado

4) Fonte da Rampa do Mercado

Fonte da Rampa do Mercado is a monumental fountain in Cayru Square designed by sculptor Mário Cravo, Jr. Known locally as A Bunda ("The Butt"), it is made of yellow fiberglass with an internal metallic structure. This unique 16 meter tall fountain was inaugurated in 1970.
Marinha do Brasil

5) Marinha do Brasil

Marinha do Brasil, located on the shore of the Bay of All Saints, is a large beautiful building of the Brazilian Navy. The front of this impressive structure is decorated with cannons and a pool containing a large anchor.
Monument of Castro Alves

6) Monument of Castro Alves

Located on the border of the Upper and Lower City, this monument is dedicated to Castro Alves Angelo Aureli, the famous poet. Created in Sao Paulo and shipped to Salvador in 1922, the bronze statue of the poet was installed on June 20, 1923. It stands on a granite column. On one side of the column is an angel in a flight position raising a slave woman, and on the other side is an open book with a sword. It is also the poet's tomb, as his remains were transfered here from the cemetery.
Portuguese Cabinet of Literature

7) Portuguese Cabinet of Literature

The Portuguese Cabinet of Literature, a great cultural and architectural site, was constructed in the Neo-Manuelino style. Also adorned with numerous sculptures, it is a replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro. Impressive statues stand at its entrance and beautiful stained glass and murals can be found inside.
Fonte da Independencia

8) Fonte da Independencia

Fonte da Independencia, located on Largo dos Aflitos, a small square near the bay, is an artistic fountain adorned with beautiful sculptures. It consists of a woman on top with mermaids and other legendary creatures decorating the lower portion.

Walking Tours in Salvador, Brazil

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Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salvador is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
South Salvador Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Salvador's Historical Churches Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Museums Tour

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Salvador has a very rich artistic, religious and cultural heritage that is represented in its diverse museums. Museu de Arte da Bahia, the city’s oldest museum, is a must-see, and its religious museums are famous for their priceless sacred pieces. The following tour offers a unique journey to Salvador’s most popular museums.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Waterfront Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles