Lower City Tour in Salvador, Salvador (Self Guided)

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 in Salvador Map

Guide Name: Lower City Tour in Salvador
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
Author: vickyc
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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.'
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

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.
South Salvador Tour

South Salvador Tour

South Salvador contains several great attractions worth seeing, with many architectural sites along the historic Avenida de Sete Septembrio. Several squares, monuments and sculptures can also be found in this part of the city. Take the following tour to discover the great attractions on Salvador’s south side.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The main city of Brazilian state of Bahia, Salvador is a tasty cocktail of Portuguese, African and Brazilian cultures manifested in the colonial architecture set against a luring, tropical coastline. This walking tour takes you to the historic heart of the city which has retained much of its old-time atmosphere, reflected in the cobblestone alleys, large squares, colorful facades and numerous...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Salvador’s waterfront contains numerous tourist attractions, including an old lighthouse, a city landmark, museums, art galleries and of course the beach. Take the following tour to discover the area surrounding Salvador’s waterfront.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Shopping Tour in Salvador

Shopping Tour in Salvador

Salvador is a paradise for shoppers where you can find arts, crafts and anything else for sale on its historic streets at very reasonable prices. Take the following tour to discover Salvador’s best stores, markets and shopping districts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Churches Tour in Salvador

Churches Tour in Salvador

Salvador’s historic district contains many old Catholic churches with wonderful architecture and history. It has so many that some joke that one can visit a different church in Salvador each day of the year. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Everyday Life Tour in Salvador

Everyday Life Tour in Salvador

The modern part of the city is the best place to experience Salvador’s everyday life. You will find many locals walking in its parks, a Protestant church, as there are many Baptists in the city, and a beach that gets particularly crowded with locals, especially on weekends. Take the following tour to learn more about the everyday lives of Salvador’s citizens.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salvador for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salvador has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salvador, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.