Salvador da Bahia, often abbreviated to Bahia by Brazilians, is the capital of Bahia state and one of Brazil's cultural highlights. This city retains its African soul with a unique, vibrant culture. With 2.4 million people, Salvador is Brazil's third biggest city. According to legend, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sailed into the big bay that Salvador guards on November 1, 1501 All Saints' Day, hence the bay's name, Baia de Todos os Santos. In 1549, Tome de Sousa arrived to found Brazil's first capital.
Salvador was Brazil's most important city for two centuries, growing rich on exports of sugarcane, tobacco, gold and diamonds, imports of African slaves, and the profits of cattle
ranching in the interior. It remained Brazil's colonial capital also renowned for its sensuality and decadence until 1763 when, with the decline of the sugarcane industry, Rio took over.
In Salvador, blacks preserved their African culture religion, food, music, martial arts (capoeira) more than anywhere else in the New World.
The city went into economic decline in the 19th century and only recently has it begun to move forward with new industries such as petroleum, chemicals and helped by a renovation of the historic center tourism. It still suffers severe social and economic problems and many of its people are jobless, homeless or hungry.
Mercure Hotel Salvador Rio Vermelho - Rua Fonte do boi 215, Bldg B
Salvador 41940-360 Brazil
Hotel Slvador Pousada Villas Do Atlantico -
31 Av Praia de Guarapari, Qd D 13 L 31, Vilas do Atlāntico - Salvador 42700000 - Brazil
Bahiamar Hotel - Rua Joao Mendes da Costa Filho 125 - Salvador 41750-190 - Brazil
Best Western San Marco Hotel -
rua Antonio da Silva Coehlo 47 - Salvador - Brazil
Blue Tree Caesar Towers Hotel - Av Oceanica 1545, Ondine - Salvador - Brazil
Breezes Costa Do Sauipe Hotel - Construtora Norbeto Odebrecht - Salvador 1161 - Brazil
Phone: 55 71 4631000
Cattussaba Hotel - Alameda Praia de Guarita 101 - Salvador 41600 - Brazil
Fiesta Bahia Hotel - 711 A Carlos Magalhaes Ave - Salvador 41825-000 - Brazil
Hotel Lagoa E Mar -
Av. Parque Das Dunas, 3250 - Salvador 42843000 - Brazil
Phone: 55 71 6721573
Marazul Hotels - Ave 7 de Setembro 3937 - Salvador 40140-110 - Brazil
Pelourinho Hotel - Alfredo de Brito 20 - Salvador 40000 - Brazil
Praiamar Hotel -
Avenida 7 De Setembro, 3577 - Salvador - Brazil
Phone: 55 71 2477011
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