Cheap areas to stay in Salvador
You’ll find cheap accommodation just outside the main central area of Salvador, often within a 10- or 15-minute journey of some of the most attractive areas like the Old Town and Pelourinho. There are also hotels that offer excellent value for money in the Itapua district on the western fringes of the city. Some of those budget options are close to sandy beaches, and you can reach the center of the city in about 35 minutes from Itapua. Many of Salvador’s best-value lodgings are in pousadas, small, often family-owned hotels.
Cheap hotels in Salvador
The Pousada Stella Tropical is just to the east of the Itapua district, and a 40-minute cab ride from Salvador’s Old Town. This budget-friendly hotel is just a few steps from the white sands of Stella Maris beach. Apartamentos - Itapua Residence is a reasonabl-priced option and some guestrooms come with kitchenettes, a great option to save money. The hotel is a 35-minute drive from Salvador’s Old Town. The Pousada Marcos offers cheap rooms overlooking the Farol da Barra beach and it’s just a 15-minute cab ride from the Old Town.
Where to find cheap food in Salvador
You’ll find some cheap eats in the center of the city, including international brands of fast food. Salvador’s many food carts offer great options for some delicious but inexpensive snacks and meals. One of the staple dishes that many of them offer is acarajé, a fried patty made with mashed beans and filled with a shrimp stew. You’ll also find inexpensive restaurants in neighborhoods like Pelourinho and Comércio. One dish to look out for is moqueca Bahiana, a hearty fish stew made with coconut milk and spices.
Cheap things to do in Salvador
One inexpensive ticket will get you into 2 museums that share the same building, the Museu Afro-Brasileiro and the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia. The former has an outstanding collection of Brazilian arts and crafts heavily influenced by African culture, including exquisite wooden carvings, pottery, and woven basketware. The Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia exhibits items from Brazil’s pre-colonial culture such as costumes, weaponry, and ceramics. A great place to go bargain hunting is the Mercado Modelo where you’ll find more than 250 shops selling cheap jewelry, leather goods, and local arts and crafts. Salvador’s coastline has a great selection of beaches with golden sands and good swimming. One such is Farol da Barra, overlooked at one end by a lighthouse, and by the Moro do Cristo hill at the other.
Cheap ways to get around Salvador
The cheapest way to get around Salvador is on the network of buses that serve the city. Salvador’s buses have their own system, with passengers entering at the rear of the bus, where you pay your fare, and leaving via the front entrance. The city also has a metro train service, which has 1 line with 8 stops. Salvador’s center is built on 2 distinct levels and you can travel quickly between the 2 aboard the Elevador Lacerda, a handsome Art Deco elevator service, which takes you up 240 feet in 30 seconds.