THE BEACHES OF SALVADOR
In first place we have the beaches on the Atlantic coast of Salvador, with an extension of more or less 30 kilometres, that go from the Beach of the Lighthouse of Barra until the Beach of Flamengo, near the airport in the North of the city. This littoral stripe, also called “orla marítima”, forms a beautiful sequence of beaches , illuminated at night, and has an intense movement day and night with a night life that spreads over the many bars and restaurants and gets the crowd to swing all night.
Our stroll starts at the Beach of the Lighthouse of Barra, the first beach on the Atlantic coast when leaving from the city centre, with its natural pools at low tide, one of the favourites of the visitors of the city. Continuing route North, we find the Beach of Ondina, also with its reefs and pools at low tide, and then the Beach of Amaralina and of the one of Armação that have strong waves and are well visited by the surfers. On their turn, the beaches of Pituba, Corsário, Jaguaribe, Piatã and Placafor are looked for because of the soft sand and the quality of the water. Inspiration for poets, crooners and lovers, the Beach of Itapuã offers bucolic scenes and a relaxing environment. The beaches of Stella Mares and Flamengo more further away and also very charming. Next to the coast, we have two parks with natural lagoons of great beauty: the Park of the Abaeté and the Park of Pituaçú. Both offer to good options of leisure during the day and at night.
In the second place, we have the beaches situated at the Bay of All the Saints, characterized by calm and crystalline water, ideal to frequent with children and to admire the most beautiful landscape of Salvador, its bay with its more than fifty islands. These beaches are situated on the Peninsula of Itapagipe, like the beaches of Boa Viagem and the Penha, in the "suburbs" (the coastline that goes from the Lower City to the Naval Base in Paripe) where the beach of “São Tomé de Paripe” is the most beautiful and popular, and in the diverse islands spread all over the bay. The most known island is Itaparica that can be visited by taking the Ferry Boat at the Market of São Joaquim in Salvador or by car through a bridge in the South of the island that links it to the continent. The most known and prettiest beaches are Aratú and Berlinque, close to the fantastic tourist complex of the Club Mediterranée. Not to miss however, is an excursion on a schooner in the Bay of All the Saints where the islands of Frades and Itaparica can be visited.
Following, some more details on some of the most known beaches:
Port of Barra: it has calm and crystalline water and that offers one of the best swims of the city. It is also at this place that arrived Tomé de Souza, the founder of the city.
Lighthouse of Barra: is situated at the point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of All the Saints, an ideal place to appraise the sunset of Salvador. The sea is choppy and excellent for surfers. The lighthouse, built on top of a rock surrounded by the sea, is one of the postal cards of Salvador.
Ondina: has a complex of sport courts and natural pools formed by the rocks and, therefore, an excellent option of leisure for all ages. It is also the quarter where the official residence of the governor (the Palace of Ondina) and the zoological garden of the city are located.
Rio Vermelho: offers two small coves, the Beach of Patience and of Mariquita with possibility for a swim. Near the Square of Santana with the old chapel of the same name, stands the House of Iemanjá, the Orixá that it is the goddess of the Salt Water. Here are concentrated the stands of the famous Bahianas Dinha, Regina and Cira, who sell their acarajés and abarás, and many good restaurants and bars.
Garden of Allah: it has a very choppy sea and a gorgeous garden of coconut trees in a nice area covered with green grass. This "natural garden" is well appreciated and frequented by Bahians and tourist and at full moon nights, especially, the place gains an irresistible romantic touch and the nickname of Garden of Lovers.
Armação: also called before of “Chega Nêgo”, the beach received the ships with enslaved blacks that came from Africa during the period where the official slave traffic was forbidden. The slaves were put in to a “senzala” (kind of slave shelter) built on the border of the beach until being sold. In Armação we also have the Center of Conventions of Bahia and some of the most visited restaurants of the city.
Praia dos Artistas: situated in the quarter of the Boca do Rio, the beach is protected by low sand dunes with some coconut trees sport courts and attracts a faithful public of bohemians, musicians, poets and intellectuals.
Corsário - Jaguaribe - Piatã - Placaford: this is a sequence of wide beaches with fine sand, good to practise surf and that have become the meeting point of the sun tanned youth. Day and night, life musical attractions are performed in the several bars and restaurants of the region, attracting a great number of clients interested in having a good time and tasting the delicious mangrove crabs. The neighbourhood has also one of the most important areas of environmental protection and leisure of the city, the Metropolitan Park of Pituaçú.
Itapuã: without any doubt the most famous beach of Salvador, sung in verse and prose by musicians and poets like Vinícius de Moraes and Dorival Caymmi. It coves with calm waters and several rocks and a fisherman colony. It's ideal for delicious bath and to practise some sports like windsurf.
Stella Maris: it's a point of meeting for youth and of ecological militants, it has strong waves and is good for sports like surf.
Flamengo: this is one of last beaches still witin the limits of the city and has a lot of coconut palms, reefs and strong waves. very bussy in the weekends.