Prof. Marcelo Becker (D.Sc.)
Salvador is the second most visited place in Brazil, coming only after Rio de Janeiro. Salvador is sought out by the so many people because it was, without any doubt, the first brazilian capital to offer options fo all types of tourists: for those who want to spend their vacation just relaxing in the shade and cool water on the beautiful beaches to those who want to visit historical monuments. Maybe the secret to enchant so many people is really to manage to mix all the possible touristic attractions. In Salvador are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If the beauty wasn't enough, the city received the title of World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, besides being considered to be one of the cradles of cultural miscegenation of the country, with a mixture of european, indian and african cultures.
More than 450 years after its founding, the city is one of the most important symbols of the brazilian history. With various historical monuments and buildings, Salvador is the object of study baceuse it houses an enormous quantity of historical buildings and is one of the reference point of the country since the colonial period besides being among the first cities founded in Brazil.
Salvador has an eternal festive climate. Called the capital of gaiety by its residents. Salvador has a cultural bubbling characteristic of the large urban centers, but it goes farther still. It is not only the art galleries, museums, theatres and bars that make the walks on the slopes are so interesting, but the large popular festivals that usually attract crowds.
There are uncoruntable local blocks and axé bands that are interested in having fun and commemorating the marvel of life. All the gaiety is favoured by the constant presence of the sun and the heat, ideal for those who just want a hammock to stretch out in while they relish the delicacies of the typical cooking.
The baiana cooking, in case, in a mark of the influence of the negro culture brought by the slaves inpast centuries. The menu includes "Acarajé", "Vatapá" and the traditional "Moqueca", always served with pepper and dendê oil. Another curiosity of the city is the harmonious sociabiliti between the number of religious buildings in the city, and the followers of candomblé and umbanda, which are organization from the african cults.
With so many possibilities of itinerares, there are really no excuses for you to not to get to know Salvador and understand why the motto of the city is "smile, you're in Bahia".