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Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra

Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra Tours and Tickets

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Strategically located at the sharp end of Salvador’s peninsula, the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra is a historic military structure and lighthouse. The fort, with its recognizable black-and-white-striped lighthouse is one of Salvador’s iconic landmarks. Built in 1549, the fort is the oldest military structure in Brazil and is an example of traditional 16th-century Portuguese military architecture.

The interior of the fort has been transformed into a maritime museum, with intricate models of Portuguese ships from the days of exploration, centuries-old navigating instruments, antique maps and other pieces of history. The museum also houses exhibits on the Portuguese colony’s brutal slave trade, which brought millions across the Atlantic from West Africa.

A highlight of visiting the fort is climbing to the top of the lighthouse, which boasts panoramic views of Salvador and its beautiful coastline. The fort’s geographic location also makes it the ideal place to watch the sunset over the ocean. Every evening, locals and tourists alike gather on the lawn outside the fort to watch the sky light up as the sun dips below the horizon.

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Salvador Essencial Private 6 Hour Tour

Salvador Essencial Private 6 Hour Tour

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Discover Barra Fort, Carmo Church, Montserrat Fortress, and much more on a private 6-hour tour of Salvador. All-inclusive transportation from your accommodation allows you experience the best of the UNESCO listed city’s attractions at a comfortable and leisurely pace. The tour is perfect for visitors who want to get a quick overview of Salvador or orient themselves to the for independent exploring.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro Museum

Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro Museum

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Explore Pelourinho, the Historic Center of Salvador de Bahia, during this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Named a world cultural center by UNESCO, the area was instrumental in the African slave trade and continues to be a center of African culture in Brazil. Walk through the streets and learn about the cultural and historical importance of the area through your local guide's commentary. Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, the Society for Black Protection and the Rosary of the Blacks, the first black Christian brotherhood in the New World. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Panoramic City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

Panoramic City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

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See the highlights of the 3 million capital of the state of Bahia. Take a private panoramic car and walking tour along the beaches and highlights from the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.81
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Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch

Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch

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Get an overview of Salvador's highlights during this full-day tour with a local guide. Visit the historic sights of the city, its colonial mansions and monuments, including Dique do Tororó, Pelourinho, Bonfim Church and Lacerda Elevator. Have lunch at a local restaurant to taste some of Bahia's specialities. In the afternoon, visit Cidade Baixa, the outskirts of the city, which provide spectacular views of the port area of All Saints Bay. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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Historical Salvador City Tour

Historical Salvador City Tour

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Explore the Historical District of Salvador on this 4-hour walking tour.Visit the original fort built at the entrance to the Bay of All Saints, constructed to protect the city from invasion. Visit the Barra Lighthouse, the Historical Center of Pelourinho and the Teatro and Balé de Castro Alves while enjoying commentary from a knowledgeable guide. Imagine what living in Brazil hundreds of years ago must have been like. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

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Salvador da Bahia, with its historic city center and beautiful beaches, is a vibrant city of 3 million people. Make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights—Pelorinho, Igreja do Bomfim, Mercado Model, and Barra Lighthouse—with this private tour of the Bahia capital. Your own private guide, a local from Salvador, can offer insider tips on what to see and where to eat during the rest of your trip.
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  • 1 day
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$84.80
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Historical City Tour and Panoramic Tour from Costa do Suípe and Praia do Forte

Historical City Tour and Panoramic Tour from Costa do Suípe and Praia do Forte

Walking on the streets in the Historical District of Salvador feels like being taken back to ancient times in Brazilian history. Visit the first fort that was built at the entrance point of the bay of All Saints to protect the city from an attack. A stop at the city center is a must for anyone staying in Salvador da Bahia! You'll be captivated by Salvador's extraordinary architectural heritage and history on this half day guided city tour. Salvador da Bahia, known as the "Happy City", is considered the cultural capital of Brazil. From religion to sports, this family friendly sightseeing tour has something for everyone!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.02
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Transfer roundtrip in Salvador with Historical City Tour

Transfer roundtrip in Salvador with Historical City Tour

Enjoy a convenient roundtrip transfer from the Airport and the must do Historical City Tour of Salvador. You’ll be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel or vice-versa. A representative will greet you when you clear airport customs and at your hotel lobby. Ensure a safe and convenient transportation for you at your arrival and/or departure. The best and fast way to get to your destination, 24h a day, 07 days in the week! Leave all the work to the staff that will meet you in the airport or at your hotel, and just relax on a quiet and comfortable transportation. Enjoy this guided city tour of Salvador, home to beautiful Baroque-style architecture. Walking on the streets in the Historical District of Salvador feels like being taken back to ancient times in Brazilian history. Visit the first fort that was built at the entrance point of the bay of All Saints to protect the city from an attack. A stop at the city center is a must for anyone staying in Salvador da Bahia!
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  • 4 hours
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$54.83
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Historical City Tour of Pelourinho and Panoramic City Tour with Lunch

Historical City Tour of Pelourinho and Panoramic City Tour with Lunch

Walking on the streets in the Historical District of Salvador feels like being taken back to ancient times in Brazilian history. Visit the first fort that was built at the entrance point of the bay of All Saints to protect the city from an attack. A stop at the city center is a must for anyone staying in Salvador da Bahia! And after a formidable lunch with tasty local food, you'll be captivated by Salvador's extraordinary architectural heritage and history on this half day guided city tour. Salvador da Bahia, known as the "Happy City", is considered the cultural capital of Brazil. From religion to sports, this family friendly sightseeing tour has something for everyone!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.02
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Private Exclusiv Cruise Tour max 4 passangers Salvador da Bahia SUV

Private Exclusiv Cruise Tour max 4 passangers Salvador da Bahia SUV

Special comfortable and exclusiv tour with a good overview of Salvador da Bahia. SUV air conditioned car and walking through town, we will show you this fantastic city from a local kind of view. Normally we leave the harbor around 9 am and return by 4 pm; however, the duration and departure times are subject to your arrival in Salvador da Bahia. This is a small private group with a maximum of 4 travelers.  You will visit all the main attractions of Salvador, including the old town's historical center, the Pelorinho, and the peninsula of Itapagipe with its amazing church, Igreja do Bomfirm, lighthouse, and Fort Monte Serrat, the elevator lacerda, an art-deco elevator that connects the lower to the upper part of Salvador.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.74
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Luxury Private Exclusiv Salvador da Bahia SUV City Tour (max 4 pax)

Luxury Private Exclusiv Salvador da Bahia SUV City Tour (max 4 pax)

Special comfortable and exclusiv tour with a perfect overview of Salvador da Bahia.  Maximum 4 Guests in a party. You privat guide and driver in an SUV air conditioned car. And a guided walking tour through town, we will show you this fantastic city from a local kind of view. Normally we leave around 9 am and return by 4 pm; however, the duration and departure times are subject to your personal needs and wishes . You will visit all the main attractions of Salvador, including the old town's historical center, the Pelorinho, and the peninsula of Itapagipe with its amazing church, Igreja do Bomfirm, lighthouse, and Fort Monte Serrat, the elevator lacerda, an art-deco elevator that connects the lower to the upper part of Salvador. Lunch is of course a typical baian dish already included.
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  • 7 hours
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$213.62
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Ivan Bahia, Salvador 500 years in 1 day / exclusive full day original city-tour

Ivan Bahia, Salvador 500 years in 1 day / exclusive full day original city-tour

Team Ivan Bahia Travel Guide brings you a beautiful tour : Salvador, City Tour to discover culture and history of the former capital of Brazil, with COVID-19 vaccinated guide ;-) This panoramic full day city-tour we takes an alternative approach, ideal if you want to learn more about Salvador. Ivan presents you a discovery-tour off the beaten tracks, where you will meet with locals and observe their daily activities, as well discover some of the intreguing history of Salvador da Bahia. You will see the musts (like the Pelourinho in the historical district, or Bonfim church in Ribeira) but our aim is also to let you feel the local vibe of the city and experience how locals live (like the fishermen's community in Rio Vermelho, the huge São Joachim market, ...) inclusive some surprise places well worth visiting. PS: We are not reliable for last minute changes due to corona/covid-19 last minute changes by local governments/city halls and do not accept cancellations regarding this matter.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$149.21
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Discovery of Salvador de Bahia - Full Day

Discovery of Salvador de Bahia - Full Day

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2 PERSONS MINIMUM. Fair prices. Spend the day exploring the city with a private guide. In the Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador de Bahia, walk through the area declared world heritage by UNESCO. Learn about the cultural and historical importance of the area through your local guide's commentary. Board a private vehicle to see other attractions in the area, such as the Bonfim Church and Mont Serrat Fortress, but also typical places such as the local market. Complete overview of local culture and history, including the afro-brazilian typical local culture with the Candomblé religion...
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$118.08
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Salvador's 500 years - A cultural and historical walking tour

Salvador's 500 years - A cultural and historical walking tour

2 persons minimum. The city of Salvador itself is often referred to as the 'African Soul' of Brazil, as descendants of the first African enslaved have held tight to their African traditions, and these mingle with the colonial influences to compelling effect. The Pelourinho, a bohemian UNESCO protected district in the historic center of Salvador, is renowned for its beautiful colonial architecture, multi-colored houses and steep cobblestone streets. Pelourinho is often called a city within a city because its character is so individual and it's such a highlight of any visit to Salvador. The best way to explore the churches, cafés and music bars is on foot. Although this area was in disrepair until the 90s, it has had substantial investment in restoration and security and is now a charming and safe place for tourists.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$42.94
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Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra hours of operation: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open every day of the week in January and July.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.