With the FIFA World Cup 2014 in full swing in Brazil, we decided to take you on a vibrant journey through the tournament’s host cities. There are 12 cities taking part including Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Manaus, Brasilia, Recife, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, Natal and Salvador da Bahia where we continue our journey…
Salvador da Bahia
A beautiful city full of colonial Portuguese architecture plays host to frequent and frenzied festivals.
USP: Salvador’s descendants of African slaves have stayed true to their traditions. Experience the wonder of their music, dance, religion and food.
Shop: If you fancy a one-off piece for your wardrobe there is an emerging boutique shopping scene. Try Bau Bau in the Pelourinho area.
Food and Drink: For possibly the best cocktail you will ever drink head to Caranguejo de Sergipe and ask for a maracuja (passionfruit) caipirinha. Foodies should head to the Paraiso Tropical. Located in the suburbs, it’s off the beaten track but serves exquisite Bahian cuisine.
Sleep: If you’re looking to escape the football and indulge your romantic side then try the Zank Boutique Hotel in Rio Vermelho neighbourhood. It’s a five minute walk away from Paciencia Beach and 6.5km north of the heart of the city.
Images: flickr.com/JoaoVincente and flickr.com/LukasGrume