South Salvador Tour, Salvador (Self Guided)

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.
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South Salvador Tour Map

Guide Name: South Salvador 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: 3.2 km
Author: vickyc
Largo dos Aflitos

1) Largo dos Aflitos

Largo dos Aflitos is a small neighborhood in Salvador located on the waterfront. Its name translates as the Square of Sorrows. It is home to several attractions, including Igreja do Aflitos, a church dating back to 1824, and Quartel da Polícia Militar, the Police Headquarters, which is fascinating from an architectural point of view. From the square in front of the old church you can get a great view of the Bay of All Saints, the island of Itaparica and the port.
Convento Nossa Senhora das Mercês

2) Convento Nossa Senhora das Mercês

Convento Nossa Senhora das Mercês, a Christian college, was founded in 1735. A beautiful religious edifice with a large white dome, the college building surrounding the church is built of gray stone and topped with several spires.
Casa d'Italia

3) Casa d'Italia

Casa d'Italia is an architectural masterpiece located on the historic Avenida Sete de Setembro. This beautiful Baroque structure contains an elegant staircase leading inside with statues of mythological beasts and a façade topped with decorative sculptures.
Palácio da Aclamação

4) Palácio da Aclamação

Palácio da Aclamação, a beautiful palace facing a square of the same name, has been the official residence of Bahia’s governors for over 50 years. It is where the Queen of Great Britain and other important figures have been received during official visits. This palace boasts a Neoclassical façade and an interior decorated with beautiful framed panels and paintings. You will also see luxurious furniture, porcelain, crystal, bronzes, Persian rugs and famous French paintings.
Forte de São Pedro

5) Forte de São Pedro

Forte de São Pedro, an old fortification used to defend Salvador from the southwest, dates back to the early 17th century. This stone structure with a polygonal base and bastions on the corners is registered as an Historic and Artistic Heritage Site. Its most recent restoration in the 1980s was part of a project to revitalize Salvador’s historic forts.
Largo do Campo Grande

6) Largo do Campo Grande

Largo do Campo Grande, a beautiful square also called Praça Dois de Julho, is beautifully decorated with sculptures. Formerly a large pasture for animals, it was built in 1850 by the president of the Province of Bahia. In 1895 a monument made in France to those who struggled for Bahia’s independence was installed.
Teatro Castro Alves

7) Teatro Castro Alves (must see)

Teatro Castro Alves, one of Salvador’s main theaters, is located in a unique modern building which has won several awards for its architecture. It contains a cafe and triangular columns supporting a large staircase. The Bahian Symphony Orchestra and Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves are located here. In addition to hosting the city’s best fine arts performances, guests can also enjoy live music by popular Brazilian artists here.
Public Skating Rink

8) Public Skating Rink

The Public Skating Rink is a popular family attraction in Salvador. Built with rises and falls, this rollerskating rink guarantees a lot of fun for all ages. It is also well-known for all the graffiti covering its walls.

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.
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
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
Museums Tour in Salvador

Museums Tour in Salvador

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
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
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
Lower City Tour in Salvador

Lower City Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 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.