Pelourinho, Salvador

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A stroll through the historic Colonial district, Pelourinho brings you past brightly colored Renaissance buildings decorated with fine stucco work. This district has an extreme wealth of historical monuments dating back to the 17th through 19th centuries. Nicknamed "Pelô" by residents, this old part of the upper city encompasses several blocks around a triangular Largo. The large open-air market offers artistic and cultural souvenirs, as well as churches, museums, and shops housed in pastel-colored buildings. You'll find decadent restaurants and cafés and a lively local music scene with a bustling nightlife. Percussion musicians play drums in the streets including the areas signature berimbaus, which you can buy in several of the surrounding shops. Make Pelourinho a part of your Salvador vacation plans using our Salvador trip planner.
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  • Pelourinho is a vibrant culture center of Bahia state with many shops, restaurants, historic buildings and culture. It’s a must see with to truly appreciate the local culture and it’s a fun place.  more »
  • Churches, bars, music, drums, art, acaraje, food just lovely to hang around for a day and explore! Important Tip: take the Uber to mercado modelo and take the lift up for Rs 0.15 (cheaper and...  more »

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