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Brazil: Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia

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In ocean-side Salvador, the capital of Bahia, African influence dominates the culture and way of life. The multi-coloured Portuguese colonial heart of Brazil’s most exotic city throbs with exotic drum and dance. A short drive from the city there’s a wide range of beach hotels.

Further beyond the city limits, Bahia's seemingly infinite tropical coast has resorts to suit everyone, from the young and trendy to sophisticated luxury and barefoot paradises.  Lively beach towns such as Praia do Forte and Morro de São Paulo have attractive palm-lined beaches while upmarket Trancoso has fine boutique hotels and a gorgeous village square. Meanwhile, Boipeba island, the Marau peninsula and the remote village of Caraiva remain off the beaten track and perfect for those seeking unspoilt Brazil.

Inland from Salvador, in former plantation country (the Recôncavo), there are charming, unspoilt backwater towns and ports. Over 300km inland from the coast is the forested Chapada Diamantina, studded with table-top mountains and run through with crystalline rivers and waterfalls: at its heart is the laid-back little town of Lençóis, an excellent base for visits and hikes in the area.

Our holidays to Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia

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Christ the Redeemer

Family Brazil: Rio, Iguazu Falls and Bahia

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15 days from £3,905pp

monkeys

Family Brazil: Waterfalls, rivers and rainforests

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14 days from £3,858pp

Ipanema Beach

Signature Brazil: Brazil at a glance

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12 days from £3,424pp

Active Brazil

Active Brazil: Remote Bahia and Fernando de Noronha

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15 days from £3,284pp

Things to do in Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia

Dancers in Salvador

Afro-Brazilian dance show

chapada diamantina

Explore the Chapada Diamantina


humpback whale bahia

Humpback whale-watching in Bahia

fumaca

Go walking in the Chapada Diamantina

Our insider tips for Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia

Ben Line

Ben Line

Watch an impromptu capoeira dance in Salvador, the atmospheric capital of the state of Bahia and of Afro-Brazilian culture. You will also likely witness small groups practicing their acrobatic moves to the rhythmic twang of the single-string Berimbau at sunset on any one of the many golden white palm-fringed beaches that this area of North East Brazil is also renowned for.

Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

Go turtle-watching at the conservation project at Praia do Forte, fishing village cum low-key, eco-friendly resort an hour’s drive north of Salvador.

Konrad M

Konrad Mludzinski

Don't miss the view of and from Brazil’s tallest (420m) waterfall, Cachoeira da Fumaça, accessible from Lençóis.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Grab some beach time in Morro de São Paulo, a lazy, vehicle-free island-based village where there are where you can choose between serene, unspoilt palm-fringed sands and lively party beaches.

What our experts say

I like nothing better than stepping into my bikini and heading off to the beach, so for me the northeast of Brazil is Heaven. There are thousands of kilometres of palm-shaded sand offering an infinity of variety, from family-friendly (but low-key) resorts like Praia do Forte to the ultra hip Pipa, via the party beach of Morro de São Paulo and the Paradise idylls at Trancoso. 

Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

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