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Pelourinho

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Address: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of...

Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of Salvador is worth visiting for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, churches, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

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US$125.00*
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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho
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Pelourinho Tour by Night

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Interesting architecture

Lovely colourful colonial buildings abound. Wander around the narrow cobbled streets and experience the old town! It may be feel a little uncomfortable at times, but there are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pelourighno has tipical colonial architecture. You can fall in love with the coloful building there but be careful - it is common place to get robber froyour phone or camera. Better keep them in your pants. Find a first school of capoeira over there, sometimes they give a show :)

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pelourinho is the "heart" of Salvador , the oldest big city in Brasil , so has many historical buidings , inclusively the first brasilian University ( Medicine) , some beautiful churchs ( San Francisco , Our Lady of Mercy) and the Jorge Amado Foundation ( famous brazilian writer well-know in all world); at the same time is a very funny... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely colourful colonial buildings abound. Wander around the narrow cobbled streets and experience the old town! It may be feel a little uncomfortable at times, but there are plenty of police around to keep you safe!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can certainly wander the cobble-stoned streets; however, it is a good idea to get a knowledgeable guide who can speak to history. Lots of cafe, eateries, shops. Walk away from the center of the plaza to get good deals and leave the tourist trap.

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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is part of Brazilian history, and world heritage. Must visit the São Francisco church (wow...how rich), see the art, and experience the drums of Olodum. Make sure to pick a local guide, they are inexpensive and know better than anyone, as it is likely they were born right there. The area is quite safe, so make sure to take... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only spent one day in Pelourinho, which, however, was totally enough for me. There are very picturesque and colorful streets, buildings and squares. You can feel somehow that there is much of history to be told about the places. I had the pleasure to spend a Tuesday night there, which made me experience their really lively streets and typical... More 

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Salvador, BA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here is the place where you can perceive how Salvador was hundreds of years. In the old streets of Pelourinho you can feel the happiness of Salvador Citizens, eat a very good moqueca, drink one cravinho, watch guys playing capoera

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully colourful houses and shops. Lots of artisan shops selling paintings and crafts, women in the traditional clothing and music in the streets,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Until 1997 the historical center of Salvador was practically a favela. Run down and picturesque with laundry on strings across the streets. It was also a complete no-go for tourists. Ever since then the process of renovation and reinvention of the neighbourhood has continued. Today the area is full of restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels catering mostly to foreign tourists.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend walking around Pelourinho! It's old portuguese colonial charm is maintained through the colourful buildings and the soft sound sound of samba music that resonates through its narrow cobbled streets. You smell the hot Dende Oil which is used to fry Acarajé from a distance as there are many traditional bahian eateries around. When in Salvador you must... More 

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