Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil. With a charming Old Town (a World Heritage Site), a vibrant musical scene and popular Carnaval celebrations, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture.
Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil; in music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from Salvador, such as Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. In literature, the late Jorge Amado was also from the region. It's a vibrant, exciting city, and its people are quite friendly.
Must see: Igreja de São Francisco, Praça da Sé, Largo Terreiro de Jesus, The cathedral, Afro-Brasileiro Museum, Largo do Pelourinho, Mercado Modelo, Igreja do Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Abaeté, Solar do Unhão