Carnaval Salvador is one of many carnival celebrations that take place each year in Brazil. Dubbed ‘the biggest carnival on earth’, it takes the cake as the biggest street party in the world, with more than 2 million participants. Unlike its rival carnival in Rio, Carnaval Salvador takes place on kilometres of open-air streets and all spectators can take part in the action and become part of the show!
“During six consecutive days, from 5 pm to 5 am, dozens of bands make a parade along the streets, playing on big trucks”.
There are three main ways to enjoy the Carnaval Salvador. ‘Pipoca’, roughly translated to ‘popcorn’ describes the way a jumping crowd looks when watching from a distance. You can dance on the streets with the crowd for free. The next is ‘Camarote’; watching the carnival from a fixed cabin or tribune. Camarotes are ticketed and offer drinks, food and a DJ. The final way is ‘Abada’, where you can dance in a safe area surrounding the trio in the Carnaval. The area is protected by bodyguards and isolated from the crowd. In order to participate, you need to purchase a pass called Abada, and a colourful t-shirt that can identify you as a member of the trio. Some Abadas also include free drinks and access to the bathrooms located inside. You can also jump in and out of the safety area whenever you want while wearing your t-shirt.
Salvador Carnival takes place in the Brazilian coastal city of Salvador. The main festivities take place in the Barra/Ondina area (by Av. Oceânica) and the Campo Grande/Avenida area (by the Av. Sete de Setembro).
The nearest major airport is Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport, located approximately 30 minutes northeast of the city centre. Taxis are readily available at the airport and are the recommended way to get around Salvador quickly and safely. Ensure your journey is metered or negotiate a price before the journey begins. Public buses are available throughout the city, however, can often be delayed or unreliable. Uber is also readily available throughout the city and rides can be ordered directly from your phone.
The city of Salvador offers a wide variety of accommodation options throughout the city centre and neighbouring areas. There are two main accommodation types available during carnival; accommodation located within direct contact of the carnival parade, and accommodation located within walking distance to the events. The first is significantly more expensive. Many of the main events will take place in the Ondina and Graca areas. Accommodation options located in the heart of the festivities include Ondina Apart, Portobello Ondina Praia and Vila Galé Salvador. Other popular affordable options include Sol Victoria Marina, Hotel Porto Salvador and Sol Barra Hotel. You can explore all the nearby accommodation options below.
The tropical coastal city of Salvador offers a range of things to see and do. One of the most popular attractions is Elevator Lacerda, an iconic long-running elevator connecting the upper and lower parts of Salvador; offering scenic views of the city ocean. Nearby, you can also find Mercado Modela, the popular market featuring more than 250 shops showcasing arts and crafts, souvenirs, restaurants and more.
You can also find the Historic Centre and the Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, a decorated 18th-century church with elaborate carvings and interiors. You can also find a number of popular beaches along the coast, including Praia de Itapuã, Farol da Barra, Stella Maris Beach and Porto da Barra Beach.
Salvador Carnaval will take place from February 21-26, 2020.
Interested in other epic carnivals in Brazils? Why not check out world famous Rio Carnival and São Paulo Carnival.
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