The attractive major city of Salvador is located on the east coast of Brazil, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The historical name of Salvador is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, which means Holy Redeemer on the Bay of All Saints. The name dates back to the arrival date of the first navigator in 1501. The third largest Brazilian city was built on different levels of a mountain range, dividing it into an upper and lower city. Brazilian Salvador is located in the southern hemisphere. For this reason, the seasons run opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. However, the seasons are not particularly pronounced; rather, a distinction is made between the rainy and dry seasons in the course of the year. Despite the significantly increased precipitation in the autumn and winter season (March to August), the temperatures of the coastal city remain at a pleasant level throughout the year, and the water temperatures also allow for a pleasant bathing vacation in all months.
Brazil's third largest city is a popular destination for Europeans, especially in February, the Brazilian carnival season. The street carnival in Salvador is considered the largest in the world, with around 2.7 million people taking part. However, this attractive place also has many unusual sights, such as the Elevador Lacerda high-speed elevator that connects the lower and upper city. The old town district of Pelourinho, located in the upper town, is impressive with around 600 restored baroque buildings and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Pelourinho is also home to the Afro-Brazilian Museum, which provides detailed information about the history of Brazilian slavery and the Candomblé religion that is still practiced. The 22-meter high Barra Lighthouse on the picturesque Baía de Todos os Santos bay is also well worth a visit. From it, breathtaking views of the sunset in the sea are possible. Beach vacationers will appreciate the approximately 20 kilometer long stretch of beach between Porto da Barra and Praia do Flamengo. Graceful sandy beaches with calm waters or lively sections with strong winds and high waves, everyone gets their money's worth here.
Spring in Salvador falls between the months of September and November. During the first two months of spring, the average rainfall is relatively low, and daytime temperatures during this dry phase already rise to levels attractive for a beach vacation. An occasional cool breeze from the direction of the Atlantic Ocean can provide some cooling on individual days. The summer season is in the months of December to February. Not only the daily temperatures, but also the number of sunshine hours per day reach the highest values of the whole year in these months. Precipitation occurs only in small amounts, especially in January and February. The autumn season then brings increased rain in the months of March to May, but at the same time the daytime temperatures still remain at a high level. The warm and humid weather is therefore often perceived as muggy. The winter season arrives in Salvador in the months of June to August. The amount of precipitation slowly decreases during this phase. Air and water temperatures also drop somewhat, but still remain pleasant, so that swimming and sunbathing remain possible.