Waterfront Tour in Salvador, Salvador (Self Guided)

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.
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Waterfront Tour in Salvador Map

Guide Name: Waterfront Tour in Salvador
Guide Location: Brazil » Salvador (See other walking tours in Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: vickyc
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Morro do Cristo

1) Morro do Cristo

Located on a hill protruding into the sea, Morro do Cristo is the location of a famous statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer overlooking the water. It has one of the best views of Salvador’s coastline. Not far from the monument you will see tall palms and vendors selling coconuts.
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Farol da Barra and Museu Náutico

2) Farol da Barra and Museu Náutico (must see)

Farol da Barra and Museu Náutico are among Salvador’s most popular attractions. The lighthouse is a prominent attraction on the southern coastline and the museum is located inside it. The historically significant St. Anthony’s Fort from 1534, the city’s oldest fortification, is also found here. The museum exhibits various maritime objects, including maps and navigational tools, with information posted in Portuguese and English.
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Forte de Santa Maria

3) Forte de Santa Maria

Forte de Santa Maria, located on Salvador’s southern coastline, was constructed of stone and lime from 1627 to 1635. It served as a fortification during the Dutch invasion. Containing bronze and iron cannons, be sure to visit this impressive Italian-style fort.
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Porto de Barra Beach

4) Porto de Barra Beach (must see)

Porto de Barra Beach of Salvador, a beautiful area for surfing and bars located near Porto de Barra, is one of the most popular beaches on Salvador’s coastline. On weekends it can be difficult to find a place to sit. The sand is perfect and it is a safe place to swim.
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Igreja Santo Antônio da Barra

5) Igreja Santo Antônio da Barra

Igreja Santo Antônio da Barra, a partially hidden church on a slope along Salvador’s coastline, offers a picturesque view of the ocean. Dedicated to the patron saint of slaves, this church was also built by them. This beautiful white church with two towers is particularly lovely when it is illuminated during the evening.
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Paulo Darzé Galeria de Arte

6) Paulo Darzé Galeria de Arte

Paulo Darzé Galeria de Arte exhibits contemporary art from Bahia and Brazil in a variety of styles. Offering individual and collective temporary exhibitions, as well as an impressive permanent collection, this important gallery participates in national and international expositions. This gallery also has a great shop selling art books and other gifts.

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
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
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
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
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

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.