Salvador is Brazil’s favourite city. The locals call it the capital of happiness, as you can find outdoor parties all over the place. Established in 1500, Salvador is the oldest city in Brazil and South America. The historic city is located on the ocean and the locals prepare the best fish you’ll ever have. This city is made for happiness, so get yourself a car hire and drive around the city too with a huge smile on your face.
Drive your car hire down to one of Brazil’s oldest palaces: Palácio Rio Branco. When Thom é de Souza and the Portuguese settlers got to Brazil, one of their first attention points was to build a capital for the country. Palácio Rio Branco was among the first buildings to be built. It’s a neo-classical palace that sits on a commanding position overlooking the bay. De Souza made this his home and nowadays the palace is open to the public.
Back in the days, Salvador was an important harbour because of the sugar and slave trade. Just a couple of metres from Palácio Rio Branco you can find Mercado Modelo. This Customs House was built in 1861 and used to store shipments of new slaves while awaiting auction. Nowadays it's a market. Here you can find live music and free capoeira - a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.
Get back in your car hire and drive down to Praia Porto da Barra Beach. This beach has been named the ‘third best beach in the world’ by the British newspaper the Guardian in 2007. This beach is small and picturesque and there are vendors selling almost everything you can imagine. The bay water is calm and warm, so if you're into surfing, make sure to drive your car hire a further up to Praia do Farol da Barra. This beach is popular among surfers and its waterfront is lined with heaps of restaurants and bars which are great for dinner and a drink.
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