Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Sightseeing, beaches and historic buildings

IMG_1363Salvador de Bahia is a huge, beautiful city on the east coast of Brazil. There isn’t many foreigner but mostly Brazilian travellers.

After a rested night in the hostel, it was time to explore this city with the limited time I had. I had planned my day the day before so I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I was only staying in the hostel one night as I had a plane to catch back to England. I was finally visiting my hometown after 7 months. Okay, it was shorter time than last time but I was excited to be going home and seeing friends and family.

I packed up my backpack, stored it in the main lounge room and got my bag ready for a day of exploring.

IMG_1319As I was feeling hungry, my first mission was to find food, which was more difficult than I first realised: I just wanted to find a café to buy a coffee and pastry. Instead, I walked around the historical centre, admiring the buildings and churches. There was some sort of festival so in the main square and other streets off, it was decorated with colourful flags and huge models of Punch and Judy-like statues. It was beautiful.

A lady randomly stopped me and put a material bracelet on my wrist as part of the event that was going on. I’m really not sure what the event was but there were a lot of Brazilian tourists around the city.

Whilst wandering around, I eventually found a café, where I brought some cheese bread, orange juice and coffee. It was just what I needed.

Still walking through the historical centre, I took some photos and headed towards the Elevator Lacerda. This is a high lift of a cliff side to take you up and down to the beach, which has recently become an attraction. Also here, there were some lovely views looking on to the beach, a huge tilted cross and a ‘I heart Salvador’ sign.

IMG_1336The queue for the Elevator was huge, winding around the courtyard but it went surprising quick, taking in the rays of the sun. It cost around 5 cent to use the lift and takes about a minutes so it’s a really quick and a cheap option. They had a very organised system, which worked like a dream so soon enough I was at the bottom.

I walked across the road to the market, which was quite small but full of little cafés, vegetable and souvenir shops. I didn’t stay long as I wanted to get to the beach. I had been advised to take the bus but as it was a nice day, I decided to walk along the coast. It was a beautiful walk, which took around an hour and a half to two hours. However, part of the walk did feel a little dangerous as no-one was around except some homeless people on the pathway, trying to beg for money. I just walked a little faster and ignored their wants.

IMG_1354Eventually, I reached Porto da Barra Beach, which was full of people, laying on the sand, enjoying the sun. However, I could see a rain cloud round the corner coming my way. I walked a little further to Bahia Naútico Museum, a brick historical building on the edge of the ocean.

Even though I could see the cloud, I wanted to be optimistic so I laid on the beach in my bikini but within 5 minutes, it started to rain lightly but it still felt warm outside. I tried to be patient to wait until it passed but I could see everyone starting to fill the nearby restaurants.

A guy came to speak to me to sell bracelets; he actually spoke English as he had been living in London for a bit. I had a small conversation with him before deciding to get up out of the rain.

After putting my clothes back on and dawdling along the promenade, the rain stopped. Well, I couldn’t be bothered to get back into a position of lying on the beach again so I just sat on some steps and took in the sun. At this point, I was starting to feel hungry and I didn’t feel like going to a restaurant. I knew there was a supermarket on my route back so I thought I would walk all the way back to the hostel.

IMG_1325As I was strolling back, I entered the supermarket to buy some food. While I was paying, I had difficulties with my card. I panicked a little. Why wasn’t it working? I knew I had money on it and it worked before in Brazil. Luckily, I had enough cash to pay the total of my shopping.

Back at the hostel, I sorted out my bags for the flight, spoke on the phone and prepared some food for dinner. I was catching a late flight so I didn’t need to be at the airport until around 9pm.

I booked an Uber, who took me to the airport in no time even though it was way out of the city. I couldn’t talk to him because of the language barrier. Once I was at the airport, I bought a coffee and some cheese bread while I was waiting to check in.

As usual, I went through the check-in and security process smoothly. Next, I just waited for my airplane to arrive and board. The flight to Madrid went fast as most of the time I was asleep.

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In Madrid, my connecting time was short so I rush through the airport. However, there wasn’t a long queue through the security part nor was there a strict check. Sometimes doing a connecting flight can be a pain but this was easy as I didn’t need to collect my luggage. I waited for my flight to board and found my seat. It was a quick flight to London Heathrow so I just listened to music.

IMG_1351When we landed, it was early afternoon with grey skies. Typical English weather. I went through passport control and collected my bag. Waiting for me was my friend, who was taking me back to her house before my Mum picked me up.

We chatted all the way back in the car, about anything and everything. It was lovely to be back on familiar ground.

I can’t believe I’m back in England. I had so much to do and look forward to as my brother was getting married in a few days and I was going to Europe with my best friend.

How I got to salvador de Bahia: I took a plane from Rio de Janerio, which was actually pretty cheap and only took a few hours.

Where I stayed: Hostel HospedaSalvador was a nice place with dorms and private bathrooms as well as a shared kitchen. The hostel was located within walking distance to the historical town centre.

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