Brazil Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia
Colourful Salvador throbs with drumbeats and dance. Beyond Bahia’s endless tropical coastline are the forested mountains of Chapada Diamantina and the laid-back town of Lençóis.
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 drumbeat 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.
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Where to go when - our guide to Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia
The weather in Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia is wide and varied
Colourful Salvador throbs with drumbeat and dance. It is hot and humid year round, with the coolest, rainiest months being April - July and the busiest period for visitors between Christmas and Carnival in February/March. The forested mountains of Chapada Diamantina and the laid-back town of Lençóis have tropical temperatures throughout the year, with the best conditions for hiking June – October when the climate is relatively cool and dry. Bahia’s chain of tropical Atlantic beaches can be enjoyed for much of the year although you may wish to skip the rainier months April - June. The temperature doesn’t vary much, hovering around 30°C. Things can get especially lively during Carnival and the August holidays when Brazilians love to head for the beach.View our Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia weather guide
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