About this listing
Modern apartment in renovated colonial mansion historic center of Salvador (Australian-Bahian owner couple and 2 kids live in separate part of same building). Just a few blocks to main square of Pelourinho, short taxi to beach, wifi and all amenities. Spectacular views up to Pelourinho churches from leafy garden terrace (shared between 4 units), complete with hammock, hummingirds, church bells and frequent music from lively streets.
•NOTE, FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR DESIRED CHECK IN TIME DEPENDS ON FAMILY PRIORITIES (WE HAVE 2 SMALL CHILDREN) AND MY TRAVEL FOR WORK - BUT WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO CHECK YOU IN AS CLOSE TO THE TIME THAT YOU WANT
•1 bedroom apartment in Nazaré/Pelourinho (2 minute taxi to Praça da Sé, Pelourinho) with living room, fully-equipped kitchen (with water filter), ensuite, high speed wifi and cable internet included, 24 hour security and intercom.
•Part of colonial mansion (Mansão Bângala), in the street where the famous bossa nova singer Dorival Caymmi was born (URL HIDDEN) completely restored in 2011 with European design and finishing. 5 minute walk to Pelourinho just outside the bustle, mid-point between iconic sites Barra (with lighthouse and beautiful beach) and Igreja do Bonfim (Bonfim Church) with short taxi ride to both, short walk to Carnaval Pelourinho and Campo Grande circuits.
•100m to famous Mouraria open air bars/restaurants at back of the army barracks, a great, relatively cheap but good quality option for local food and to experience the quintessential Brazilian barzinho with a friendly, noisy atmosphere. The bar Koisa Nossa on the corner is famed as having Salvador’s best “empada” (pastry with savory filling), the bar Arena da Lambretta has wifi and a great moqueca, and the bar Amigo Espetinho painted in yellow has excellent caipirinhas and finger food. These bars are famous for being the post-football match bars so worth trying to see a match during your stay and enjoy the bars afterwards (see below about the football matches)
•Available for short term and long term rent, fully furnished with high-end furniture (optional for longer term rental).
•Rental direct from Australian-Bahian couple owners; English, Portuguese and Spanish spoken; plenty of free tips on how to experience the best of Bahian culture, cuisine, music, beaches and surf; eg. live jazz at sunset at the restored customs house overlooking Bahia de Todos os Santos, Salvador’s best ice cream on the old seafront at Ribeira, or watching the ‘gente bonita’ (beautiful people) and tackling a great surf break at a classic beach bar on the northside of the city, and – of course – all the best live music events and festivals for which the city is renowned.
•Dave has worked and lived in almost all countries across Latin American countries and so has plenty of good tips for your Latin America continental adventure (as well as many other countries in Africa and Asia)
•Furnishing (optional for longer term rental): marble table, 2 wooden chairs, wooden desk, sofa, TV, 2 fans, 2 full-size built-in wardrobes, double bed, water filter, kitchen exhaust fan, stove, full-sized fridge with freezer, microwave, coffee brewer, sandwich maker, iron and ironing board, and complete set of cutlery, crockery and utensils, bed sheets, towels, soap.
•Complimentary fruit bowl and wine (for 4+ nights).
•Note, 1) not very suitable for young children (less than 5 years old), 2) late check in (ie. between 7pm and 7am by prior agreement only).
Note we also have a beach apartment in Arembepe that we rent from time to time if you are interested: a great option for those who want to experience an authentic fishing village on the Bahian coast with the convenience of being easily accessible by taxi from the center of Salvador (45 minutes) or Salvador’s international airport (20 minutes)
The Historic Centre of Salvador is an amazing place, we love living here (we own the building where the apartment is and live with our two kids in a separate part) – its spectacular colonial Portuguese architecture, music rich with Latin rhythm and African beat, cuisine and the unique cultura afrobaiana. However, to be very honest, it is not the laid back context that it used to be 10-15 years ago. Assaults and pickpocketing do occur and have become more violent/dangerous with more guns throughout Salvador and Brazil. I have never been assaulted in 4 years living in the area (and I look very ‘gringo’), but I do follow the detailed maps and guidance about the neighbourhood and Salvador that we provide guests with. We don’t recommend walking after dark to and from the main squares in Pelourinho, or anywhere in Salvador really, unless you know the area well. This means you have to take a taxi after dark. During the day, on a busy street, assault is not unavoidable but it is rare. All of this could be solved by effective policing but we recommend avoiding contact with police unless you really need them, they are not trained do support tourists and can be involved in criminal activity themselves. Note, it is safe to walk to the bars and restaurants just near the apartment because they are for locals and not frequented by tourists much (they also have a great vibe, and are good quality at a reasonable price). Despite all of this advice, remember that over 99% of ‘soteropolitanos’ (people from Salvador) are incredibly friendly and kind.
•Note, 1) not very suitable for young children (5 years old), 2) late check in (ie. between 7pm and 7am) by prior agreement only and with additional fee to be charged
•As in the whole of Brazil, no solid waste can be flushed down the toilet (including toilet paper), pls use the bin provided. It is a horror story if the toilet blocks and we charge US$50 to unblock it
•No smoking inside the apartment or in the common areas
•Although I love pets, the apartment is not suitable for animals
•Please do not take the towels provided to the beach or use them as bath mats (and be careful with makeup stains on the towels if possible) – we have had to throw out new towels a number of times. We haven´t charged guests for this until now so we appreciate your understanding
•We are happy to provide a drying rack for wet clothes if needed so please do not place clothes to dry in any area that is visible to others
•Desfrute Salvador (enjoy Salvador)!
I'm from Sydney, Australia, and live in Salvador, Brazil, with my beautiful Bahian wife Angela Paula and our spirited Aussie-Brazilian kids Rafael and little sister Eva. A lawyer and economist by training, I left management consulting over ten years ago, joining a nonprofit organization working across Africa and Latin America, before meeting my wife and settling here in the city that is the perfect expression of African soul and Latin American rhythm, melded during centuries into the truly unique cultura baiana. We love offering free advice to all visitors so that you can enjoy the well-kept secrets of Salvador; eg. live jazz at sunset at the restored customs house overlooking Bahia de Todos os Santos, Salvador’s best ice cream on the old seafront at Ribeira, or watching the ‘gente bonita’ (beautiful people) and tackling a great surf break at a classic beach bar on the northside of the city, and – of course – all the best live music events and festivals for which the city is renowned. Seja bem-vindo!