Salvador Bahia Brazil
The Pousada do Baluarte is a snug little house built in the 60's in the peaceful neighbourhood of Santo Antônio Além do Carmo in the historical centre of Salvador.
With just a few simply decorated yet charming rooms, the Baluarte offers personal service in a very family environment.
Evening meals served up with good conversation on hot summer nights are a speciality and a sumptuous breakfast of tropical fruit, juices, cakes and fresh bread is spread out on the airy varanda by your hostess Zelina,who together with her French husband, Jean-Paul, are the owners.
The guesthouse is located in the street of the same name only ten minutes on foot from the Pelourinho, the restored historical centre of the city which is a UNESCO world heritage site, thirty minutes by car from Salvador's international airport and twenty from the bus station.
In front is the 16th century Forte de Santo Antônio, where today the meetings of the angola capoeira group led by master João Pequeno, the successor to Pastinha and Moraes, are held.
!Salvador Afro-brazilian capital of culture, land of carnival, birthplace of all rhythms. These are just a few of the titles attributed to the beautiful city of Salvador due to its past, to its present and to the timeless arts which add charm to its natural magic.
Sitting on a peninsula in the tropical warmth, the capital of Bahia is today the third largest city in the country with its permenant population of 2.3 million carnival goers. The constant sunshine is the source of energy for the most festive people in Brazil, who emanate their unique afro-brazilian culture through their rhythms, street festivals, capoeira and cooking.
At the entrance to the Baía de Todos os Santos, Salvador was built on two levels: *the Cidade Baixa, or 'low city' is down at sea level *while the Cidade Alta, or 'high city' sits approximately 70m above. The whole of Salvador was never going to fit into just one town. Steep hills, cable cars and the Lacerda elevator which dates from 1873 link the two "levels".
50km of beaches also unify the city. Start on the sands of Flamengo, take in Stella Maris and spend an afternoon in Itapoã. From there to Barra you will pass along Jaguaribe, Jardim de Alah, Rio Vermelho and Ondina, just a few of the city's notable beaches. Salvador. In the low city their names are Cantagalo, Roma, Boa Viagem and Ribeira. Itacaranha, São Tomé de Paripe and Inema, in the suburbs of Salvador, close this enchanted circle.
The finest examples of barroque architecture in Latin America transport us to the time when Salvador was the colonial capital of Brasil. In the historic centre alone there are almost 500 of these buildings, including churches (some say 365 of them, one for each day, one for each of the saints), palaces, forts and monuments which bear witness to those memorable times.
The Pelô, as it is affectionately known, is home to an impressive centre of culture and leisure. Art galleries, theatres, museums and bars turn a walk through its streets and alleys into a continual tasting of a culture seasoned with palm oil.
In fact the cuisine is another strong sign of the African contribution to this culture, from the tradional acarajé and abará to the muquecas and efós. This is the menu which provides you with enough energy to keep up with the festive rhythm of Bahia, especially during the carnival, the biggest street festival in Brazil. In Salvador the 'trios', huge sound systems mounted on trucks, lead the way for fully seven days as the afro drumming groups, afoxés, axé bands and stars of Brazilian pop parade along the avenues filling them with carnival fun at full volume. This singular event is truly the pride of the city. Salve, Salvador!
Santo Antônio além do Carmo: the neighbourhoodOf the buildings which retain much of their original appearance in the streets leading to the Largo de Santo Antônio, the 18th century Igreja do Boqueirão deserves a special mention. Continue along the rua Direita de Santo Antônio to the largo de Santo Antônio, from where there is a splendid panoramic view of the bay. Here you can also see the 17th century Forte de Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, which played an important part during the Dutch attempt to retake the city in 1638 and has also served as a prison. Make your way back along the same street past the monument known as the Oratório da Cruz do Pascoal, the work of one fervent believer, to the Convento do Carmo then take the Rua do Passo, where you will find the Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento do Passo built in 1737. The film O Pagador de Promessas, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, was shot on the steps in front of the church.
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Ladeira do Baluarte, 13
Santo Antonio Alem do Carmo,
Salvador Bahia Brazil 40301-385
Tel. 55 (71)3327-0367 cel. 55 (71)8807-0367
Skype. Zelina Carvalho