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Why Fly to Salvador?
Who wouldn't want to visit a city that is known around Brazil as the "Capital of Happiness?" The easygoing city of Salvador, located in the nation's Bahia state, is rich with history. In fact, Salvador originally served as the country's first colonial capital. It has since grown into the third largest metropolis in Brazil and a center for culture, cuisine and art. Take a tour of the Pelourinho Salvador's historic downtown, which is dotted with examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Or explore the city's beautiful coastline, which boasts some of Brazil's finest beaches. Here, on this 31-mile stretch of oceanfront property, you can find the best hotels in all of Salvador. There's no shortage of shopping in the city, which features a slew of shopping malls. There are also some exquisite examples of urban parks, particularly Jardim dos Nomorados, which occupies a space of about 37 acres. In addition, the city's Carnaval celebration is known as the largest street festival in the world, attracting two million people annually. You can find low-priced flights to Salvador through Travelzoo's Supersearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Salvador?
Salvador is served by the Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport (SSA). You can sometimes find cheap direct flights from Miami to Salvador on American Airlines. Otherwise, you'll have to first buy airfare to Rio de Janeiro before flying into Salvador. Carriers that fly from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador include Azul Brazilian Airlines, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines and Webjet.
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If you can't find cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro, compare plane tickets to Sao Paulo. TAM Airlines, Passaredo, Gol Airlines and Avianca Brazil all fly to Salvador from Sao Paulo.
Quick Travel Guide to Salvador
With its flamboyant street festivals and its myriad of entertainment offerings, there are plenty of ways to find happiness in this city known for its laidback, happy citizens. Start your trip off in Salvador's historic downtown, where you can get a glimpse into South America's distant past. Here, some of the first colonial settlements in the Americas were established in the mid-16th century. Today, colorful buildings from the 1600s through the 1800s still stand among many contemporary shops, cafes and restaurants. On any given day you can stroll through this downtown district and enjoy the sights and sounds of Salvador's many street performers.
Next, head to the coast to explore the world-renowned Salvador beach scene. Porta da Barra Beach has received international acclaim for its stunning beauty and calm waters. The beach is flanked on one side by a church atop a hill and on the other by an old colonial fort. Swimmers lounge in the warm waters of the bay or bask in the Brazilian sun. A segment of the beach is a hotspot for gay and lesbian tourists.
If you're looking to spend a day shopping, head to Shopping Barra, one of the best malls in Salvador. Here, you can visit local boutiques or eat at one of the mall's many restaurants. Next, stop at Mercado Modelo downtown. This market features 200 stands that sell regional arts and crafts.
At night, head to the Pelourinho district downtown and visit one of the many lounges and nightclubs. Many bars feature live DJs, so you can always count on dancing to contemporary Brazilian music. Try a caipirinha, a traditional drink made with the Brazilian spirit cachaca, sugar and lime.
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