Beach with chairs and umbrellas

Going to the Beach – Salvador Style

My idea of the perfect beach experience involves space to lay out a sarong, a book, and some peace and quiet. I want to look out at the water, daydream, and recharge. If you...

Sunset at the Farol in Barra, Salvador, Brazil

Sunset at the Farol

Sunset is my favorite time of day here in Salvador. And it’s not just because the temperature drops a wee bit. Instead it’s because of the rich sunset tradition here in Salvador. Rich sunset...

People on the beach at Porto da Barra beach in Salvador.

Neighborhood Review: Barra, Salvador

My husband and I have a saying, “Barra tem tudo” (“Barra has everything”).  We live in Barra, and before buying our apartment looked at a bunch of other neighborhoods, but kept coming back to...

Small garden space with mosiac tile floor and table and chairs

Review: Estrela do Mar Pousada

I stayed in Pousada Estrela do Mar my very first trip to Salvador so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is this pousada where I roomed with the woman who,...

Man in hotel room

Review: Hit Hotel

The Hit Hotel in Barra, Salvador is located at the port of Barra, a fantastic location, right on the Orla across from the famous Porto da Barra beach. When you leave the hotel you...

Man relaxing in hammock

Review: Pousada Papaya Verde

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade — or, in our case, green papaya juice. Our (mis)adventure started when we had our apartment painted and the strong smell of fumes drove us out...

Two Students Studying

Portuguese Language Schools in Salvador

Interested in learning a bit of Portuguese while you are here in Salvador? Then Barra is the neighborhood for you — all three of the Portuguese language schools that are geared towards foreigners are...

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