Bahia & Salvador, history & nature
Bahia, one of the largest Occidental Brazilian states, was the development center of the colonization of the country, and constituted during two Century the main reason behind the fights between the European powers to control and exploit the wealth of Brazil.
This state owes its name to the Bay of all the Saints (Bahia de todos os santos), on the shores of which was erected the city of Salvador, which name is not dissociable from that of Bahia (its complete name is after all “Salvador da Bahia”). Evidently, Salvador, un-avoidable with its popular vitality, its sublime historical centre and its incandescent carnival, monopolizes the attention and the honor.
It would nonetheless be unjust to limit the description of this region to that of this important urban center, Bahia bursting with sites to discover.
Littoral or Recôncavo
On the littoral, the wild nature and the “in” spots cohabit in total harmony.
To the North, the Coco Coast and its string of famous beaches: Arembepe, Imbassai, Costa do Sauipe and especially the overdone star, Praia do Forte.
To the South, the islands of the bay of Camamu.
On Tinharé, we will dive into the effervescence of Morro de São Paulo, the resort the most “in” right now, while on Boipeba, our favorite, we will delight in the vigor and the beauty of nature.
Inland; the Recôncavo designs the agricultural area matching the contours of Todos os santos Bay. The recipe that has insured the prosperity of this area, and that still today, represents an important part of its economy is none other than a mixture of cattle raising, little tobacco, some vegetables and large quantities sugar canes.
Spread out among the different cultures, numerous traces of the past, in Cachoeira, São Francisco de Paraguaçu, São Felix … Make a trip through the Recôncavo seems like time travel.
So, in addition to a visit to Salvador, a trip to the littoral or a dive inland is a must. So which one?
For you, we have chosen! Both!