Nowhere is the Afro-Brazilian culture more prominent than in Salvador. The preserved city with its Baroque houses and Renaissance buildings dotted along the narrow cobbled streets city was Brazil’s first capital, earning its wealth through sugar cane. This led to an influx of slaves – around 5 million – brought in from Africa to work on the growing sugar plantations and settling there.
The African influence is in its food, its people, and its music. A hypnotic blend of reggae, rock and afoxé seeps through every crack in the wall, every day of the year, but especially during Carnaval.Each year around two million visitors from all over the country book flights to Salvador to participate in Carnaval, the second largest in Brazil and some say even better than Rio’s. Travelers thinking of visiting should book their Salvador flights during this festive time to experience one of the most vibrant cities in Brazil.
Salvador de Bahia’s year-round warm climate makes it an attractive destination for all travelers. If you’re booking flights to Salvador de Bahia, make sure to take its rainy season (April – July) into account. With less humidity than Rio de Janeiro, it offers a tropical breeze to cool things down and balance the heat.
With temperatures averaging between 80-90 degrees F, there’s no bad time to book a cheap flight to Salvador de Bahia.
Peak Season: While most people think of Rio as being the Carnival center of the universe, you won’t be disappointed if you plan Salvador de Bahia flights and travel for the celebration. . The festivities between the months of December and March rake in the most tourists all year, and although the crowds can be daunting, the parties are worth the chaos.
Off-peak Season: While fewer travelers book flights to Salvador de Bahia during its rainy season, visiting during April – July still allows for pleasant temperatures in the high 60’s, and friendly student crowds when schools break for holiday in July.
If you wear comfortable shoes and are prepared to manage steep hills, walking will be the way to best see Salvador de Bahia. If the hills prove to be too much, you can take a bus or taxi to the beaches and tourist attractions. The bus routes run along the ocean and are connected by a main avenue that leads downtown. It’s easy to hop on and off the bus whenever you want. The buses running toward the beach are labeled “Praca De Se,” while the downtown buses are called “Comercio.” The main bus station is called Iquatemi, where you can also board the more expensive, more comfortable and air-conditioned Frescao bus. It costs the same as a taxi, which can be hailed on the street or picked up at a taxi stand.