Salvador Sightseeing, the Beach, and the Market
Bahia de Salvador, Brazil
- Beaches: See the Barra lighthouse and the lively beaches of Barra, Ondina, and Rio Vermelho. We'll stop at Paciencia, where you can snack on skewered meats and cheeses.
- Jorge Amado Museum: This handsome museum on the main square in Salvador's colonial center tells the fascinating story of a legendary Bahia writer and his brilliant wife.
- Rio Vermelho Market: This vast space was designed in the style of traditional local markets. Browse stalls and restaurants offering fresh seafood, produce, pastries, and more.
About this Bahia de Salvador tour
Mexico may have Frida and Diego, but Brazil has its very own pair of Communist party-loving, world-class artists who also happened to be undyingly in love with each other. On this tour you'll visit the former family home of Jorge Amado and his wife Zelia two of Brazil's most revered and controversial authors.
When Zelia Gattai first got her hands on one of Jorge Amado's books on loan from a friend of her anarchist father she fell head over heels for the author's words. A staunch supporter of communist ideals, Gettai knew they would bond over their shared philosophies. She attended one of his lectures in early 1945, and the bonding began. The anti-establishment writers were married just a few months later.
The two went on to be each other's muses, first fleeing to Europe to bolster Communist parties, then turning their backs on the movement after Stalin's crimes were exposed to the world. They settled back in Salvador in the 1950s, where Gettai set up a dark room and wrote her first memoir, and Amado enjoyed the most fruitful, if controversial era of his career. His 1958 novel, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is widely considered one of the most important sexual liberation texts in the world, but caused such a scandal that he couldn't enter Ilheus, the small Brazilian town where it was set, for years.
Beginning in the 1960s, Amado received honors and awards in almost every South American country, as well as from universities in Brazil, Portugal, Italy, Israel, and France. In 1982, as he was celebrating his 70th birthday, he weighed proposals from foreign institutions to archive his writings in their prestigious museums. But Gettai vehemently objected to allowing his work to leave Brazil, and Amado famously stated that he knew better than to argue with her. And so they were collected in the Jorge Amado Museum instead, where today, 15 years after his ashes were scattered in the garden, people still come to consider the life and times of Brazil's preeminent literary figure.
Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital of Brazil's slave trade a subject Jorge Amado frequently wrote about. (Pelourinho Square, site of his museum, was the major slave market.) The African legacy pervades Brazilian culture, particularly in the rhythms of samba and bossa nova. Some of Brazil's greatest musical legends come from Salvador, Joao Gilberto, who wrote the lyrics for (and whose wife sang) The Girl from Ipanema.
: On a cruise ship? Meet your driver on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There is walking around the museum and also standing for periods of time. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Private Tour, Family Friendly, Shopping
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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