Be ready for an itinerary that is replete with beauty and art. On this tour you will visit the most picturesque views of the city. We will begin at the Lower City (Cidade Baixa) where we will see the Itapagipe peninsula. Next, we will visit the Bonfim church, the most famous in the city, and also the traditional neighborhood of Ribeira.
The highlight of the tour is the visit to Mercado Modelo, the largest handicraft center in Bahia.
The Itapagipe Peninsula is a peninsula located in the city of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. The peninsula comprises Administrative Region III, including the neighborhoods of Alagados, Boa Viagem beach, Bonfim, Monte Serrat, Ribeira, Uruguai, Mares, Roma, Caminho de Areia, Vila Ruy Barbosa, and Massaranduba, among others.
Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
The Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Portuguese: Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim) is the most famous of the Catholic churches of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, Brazil. It was built in the 18th century on a hill in the Itapagipe Peninsula, in the lower town of Salvador. The church is the subject of intense religious devotion by the people of Salvador and is the site of a famous celebration held every year in January (Festa do Senhor do Bonfim).
The church is the Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bonfim.
Ribeira is a neighborhood on the bay side of the city on the peninsula of Itapagipe in the lower city (cidade baixa). It’s not very far from the well-known Igreja (Church) de Bonfim. Ribeira was initially occupied by fishermen that counted on the peacefulness of the waters. From primitive fishermen village, the area became an important summer resort in the beginning of the 20th century.
Ribeira has a long stretch of beach and barracas (simple little bars and restaurants). Sunday is the big day, with seemingly endless streams of local people eating, drinking, listening to music, dancing and socializing. On weekdays you see only a few people around and the area is perfect for those who like idyllic walks and visitors of Ribeira ice cream parlour, the most traditional in the city.
Brazil’s major arts and crafts shopping location. The Mercado Modelo can be defined as a ‘Model Market’ with its diversity of shops, where one can encounter the most varied types of arts and crafts representative of Bahia.
There are 263 shops, amongst them, two restaurants and diverse mini-bars and mini-restaurantes, distributed over two levels that occupy the neo-classic styled building, protected by IPHAN, the Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (National Historic and Artistic Heritage), built in 1861 to be used as the third Customs House in Salvador.