South Salvador Tour (Self Guided), Salvador

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 or 2 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Largo dos Aflitos
  • Convento Nossa Senhora das Mercês
  • Casa d'Italia
  • Palácio da Aclamação
  • Forte de São Pedro
  • Largo do Campo Grande
  • Teatro Castro Alves
  • Public Skating Rink
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.
Salvador Shopping Tour

Salvador Shopping Tour

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 or 1.2 Miles
Waterfront Tour

Waterfront Tour

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 or 2 Miles
Salvador Introduction Walking Tour

Salvador Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Salvador's Historical Churches Tour

Salvador's Historical Churches Tour

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 or 1.6 Miles
Lower City Tour

Lower City Tour

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 or 2.4 Miles
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

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