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Salvador is a city on the northeastern coast of Brazil, in the state of Bahia and has about 3 million inhabitants. It is well known for its street parties and of course Carnival, one of the best in the country together with that of Rio de Janeiro. It's a happy mix of different cultures and people and also the Afro-Brazilian capital of the country with an estimated 80% of the city being of African origin. There is much more to offer though with dozens of Portugese colonial historical buildings dating back to the 17th to 19th centuries. It's one of the oldest cities in Brazil and even of the New World.
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The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. It takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. The national teams of 32 countries will join the second biggest sports event in the world (after the Olympic Games). A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Twelve locations will be World Cup host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. They cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams. Brazil opens the tournament against Croatia, played in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be played on the 13th of July in Rio de Janeiro.
Salvador has a tropical climate with little variation regarding temperatures. Daytime temperatures average around 30 degrees Celsius between December and April while July and August are the coolest months, still around 27 degrees Celsius. Nights are roughly beteween 22 and 25 degrees Celsius. There is not really a dry season, just a less wet season. April to August is the wettest time of year with almost 200mm a month. But from October to February average precipitation is still between 100 and 150 mm a month, totalling around 2000mm a year.
|Avg Max||29.9 °C||30 °C||30 °C||28.6 °C||27.7 °C||26.5 °C||26.2 °C||26.4 °C||27.2 °C||28.1 °C||28.9 °C||29 °C|
|Avg Min||23.7 °C||23.9 °C||24.1 °C||22.9 °C||23 °C||22.1 °C||21.4 °C||21.3 °C||21.8 °C||22.5 °C||22.9 °C||23.2 °C|
|Rainfall||110.9 mm||121.2 mm||144.6 mm||321.6 mm||324.8 mm||251.4 mm||203.6 mm||135.9 mm||112.2 mm||122.2 mm||118.5 mm||132 mm|
Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport near Salvador serves as the main gateway for planes to and from the city. International flights include those to Miami, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Montevideo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Asuncion. TAM and GOL have many flights to other Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia.
Boats to points on Baía de Todos os Santos leave from the Terminal Marítimo Turístico and the Terminal Marítimo de São Joaquim. Boats heading for Morro de Sao Paulo also leave from the Terminal Marítimo Turístico. There are six companies offering trips taking two hours one way. The number of daily departures varies according to demand so boats might leave when they are at least half full.
|A Meson Pousada||Rua Alfredo de Britto 11-1||Guesthouse||77|
|Albergue das Laranjeiras||Ordem Terceira Street, 13 Pelourinho||Hostel||87|
|Albergue do Pelo||Rua do passo ,05||Hostel||-|
|Albergue do Porto Youth Hostel||Rua Barão de Sergy, 197/207 Barra||Hostel||-|
|Albergue Hostel São Jorge||R. Das Portas Do Carmo, 25. Pelourinho (Antiga rua Alfredo de Brito)||Hostel||-|
|Alpha Hostel - Salvador||Rua Eduardo Diniz Gonçalves 128 - Barra - Salvador||Hostel||-|
|Barra Guest Hostel||Rua Recife 234, Barra||Hostel||87|
|Che Lagarto Hostels Salvador||Av. Oceânica 84 B Barra Beach||Hostel||75|
|Hospedaria Tamboleiro||Rua Luiz Viana, n 07, Santo Antônio, Pelourinho||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Cobreu||Laderia do Carmo 22||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Galeria 13||rua da ordem terceira 23||Hostel||90|
|Hostel Porto Salvador||Rua Barao de Itapua, 60 Porto da Barra||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Suites Do Pelo||Rua Frei Vicente 39- Pelourinho||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Lagoa e Mar||Av. Parque das Dunas, 3.250 Praia de Jau'||Hotel||-|
|Iemanja Hostel||318, Manoel Barreto Graça||Hostel||-|
|La Villa Francaise||Rua Recife,222 Jardim Brasil-Barra||Guesthouse||86|
|Nega Maluca Guesthouse||Rua dos Marchantes 15, Santo Antonio/Pelourinho||Hostel||83|
|Open House Barra||Bernardo Catarino 137 Barra||Guesthouse||87|
|Pelopousada||Rua Gregório de Mattos nº. 06 - Pelourinho, Cep: 4||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Cancun||Rua Afonso Celso, 501, Barra||Guesthouse||51|
|Pousada da Saude||Ladeira da Saude no32 Saude||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada dos Sonhos||Rua Gregório de Mattos, 55-1 andar, Pelourinho, Sa||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Pais Tropical||Largo Do Pelourinho #7||Guesthouse||83|
|Pousada Sao Francisco de Assis||Rua dos Marchantes , 45 4000/430 Salvador de Bahia||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada Terra Nossa||Rua Leovigildo de Carvalho n.3||Guesthouse||-|
|Ranch Larcade||Rua Carlos Chiacchio,N75,barra||Guesthouse||-|
|Village Novo||Avenida 7 de Setembro, 3659, Porto da Barra||Guesthouse||-|
|Viva Bahia||Rua José Chagas,34||Guesthouse||64|
|Hostel Solar dos Romanos||Rua Alfredo de Brito n.14||Hostel||78|
|Duda Hostel||Rua do Carmo, 15 Pelourinho, Salvador -Bahia- Bra||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Amizade||Rua das Portas do Carmo - 28 Pelourinho||Hostel||-|
|Sleep Well Hostel||Rua Juazeiro, 9 - Rio Vermelho||Hostel||72|
|Centro Cultural do Bispo||Rua do Bispo No.11||Hostel||75|
|Salvador Apartments||Via Local C-quadra C Blocke 22 Cajazeiras||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Brasil||Rua Florianopolis #4||Hostel||-|
|HI Barra||Rua Arthur Neiva, 04 - Barra||Hostel||78|
|Albergue Pedra da Sereia||Trav. Pedra da Sereia, 21 Rio Vermelho||Hostel||-|
|Pousada do Indio Asa Branca||Ladeira do Carmo, 30 Centro Historico / Pelourinho||Guesthouse||76|
|Pousada Zumbi dos Palmares||Rua Jogo do Carneiro 311-01 Saude Nazare||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada Anna Bella||Ladeira da Ordem Terceira de San Francisco||Hostel||-|
|HI Hostel Ondina||Norma Guimarães Sampaio, 50 Jardim Apipema||Hostel||-|
|Andarilho Hostel||R. Aracaju, no 40||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Pousada Corais de Patamares||Av. Prof. Pinto de Aguiar, 12||Hotel||-|
|o sorriso do lagarto hostel & pousada||Odilon Santos 158||Hostel||-|
|HospedaSalvador||Rua Sao Francisco, 26, Pelourinho||Hostel||-|
|Fusion Guesthouse||Rua do Bispo, 09 Pelourinho||Hostel||84|
|Bahia Othon Palace||Av. Oceânica 2294 Ondina||Hotel||-|
|Bed & Breakfast 2 - Hostel||Rua Teixeira Leal 165||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sapiranga Forest Hostel||BA099–Km54->Açu da Torre Quintas do Castelo da Torre Lagoa de Aruá-1stLeft||Guesthouse||-|
|On The Rock Hostel Salvador||Rua Pedra da Sereia 26 E||Hostel||-|
|Studio do Carmo Boutique Hotel||Ladeira do Carmo, 17 Pelourinho||HOTEL||-|
|Noa Noa Pousada||Av. Sete de Setembro, No 4295||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|El Misti Hostel Salvador||Rua Odilon Santos 158||HOSTEL||-|
|B&B JPA||Rua Ave do Paraiso Qd8 Lt3||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaria Recanto do Porto||Av. Sete de setembro,3438 Ladeira da barra - Salvador Bahia - Brasil||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Baluarte||Ladeira do Baluarte, 13||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ambar Pousada e Hostel||Rua Afonso Celso, 485 - Barra||HOSTEL||-|
|Salvadorms||Rua Marques de Caravelas 331, Barra||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada MangaRosa||Rua Cesar Zama, 60 Porto da Barra||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Itapoa Praia||Rua Dias Gomes, 4 Piata||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Pais Tropical||Largo do Pelourinho 07 Centro Historico||Hostel||-|
|Salvador All-Inclusive Camping||Alameda Praia do Flamengo S/N Catussaba||CAMPSITE||-|
|Santeria Hostel Bar||Av 7 De Setembro 2914 Ladeira da Barra||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel da Graca||Rua Teixeira Leal, 51 Graca||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Miraflores||Av Afonso Celso 531, Barra||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Albergue Rio Vermelho Hostel||Rua Odilon Santos, 168||HOSTEL||-|
|Mao Dupla Hostel||Rua Santa Isabel, 10 Pelourinho||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Barroco Salvador||Rua Jogo do Carneiro, 34 saude||HOSTEL||-|
|F Design Hostel||Travessa Prudente de Moraes, 65, Rio Vermelho||HOSTEL||-|
|Arthemis Hostel||Praça da Sé nº398 7ºandar Ed.themis,Pelourinho Rua Portas do carmo nº14 Pelourinho ,||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel La Previa||Cairu, Morro de Sao Pablo, Rua 3 da praia 63||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel da Saude||Ladeira da Saude, 14 Pelourinho||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousadinha Da Matriz De Barra De Pojuca||Rua Filogonio de Oliveira 143 Barra de Pojuca - Camaçari||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Miron Salvador||Travessa Bom Gosto da Calçada, s/n Calçada||HOTEL||-|
|Charm of The Siren' House||Rua Pedra da Sereia, 12E Rio Vermelho||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Odoya Bed & Breakfast||Rua Senhor do Bonfim, Itapua||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.
Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.
Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.
Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.
Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.
For more information check the official Salvador touristic website.
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