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Most popular areas in Salvador for family-friendly hotels

You’ll find some good family-friendly accommodation choices in Salvador’s central area, in neighborhoods such as Comercio, and Pelourinho, with its colorful colonial buildings and gold-flecked churches. Another place to look for family-friendly hotels is Salvador’s coastline, in particular the Barra neighborhood, where many properties line the seafront offering easy access to beaches with soft, white sand. Further along from Barra, you’ll find resort-style hotels, which offer all-inclusive deals. You’ll also find some good hotel choices in the area around the airport, about a 35-minute drive from Downtown.

Top family-friendly hotels in Salvador

The Vila Gale Salvador overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and sandy Ondina Beach, yet the center of the city is just a 20-minute drive away. The spacious rooms have free WiFi and there’s an outdoor pool. Just a 5-minute drive from Salvador International Airport, the Novotel Salvador Hangar Aeroporto Hotel welcomes families and offers free accommodation and free breakfast for up to 2 children under 16. The hotel’s restaurant has a children’s menu. The Sheraton da Bahia Hotel is in Downtown, and its outdoor pool is a great place for family activities.

Where to find the best restaurants in Salvador

Salvador’s center has a great selection of restaurants, especially in the Old Town and Pelourinho neighborhoods, and many of them offer children’s menus. The city center also has various fast food outlets, some with familiar international brand names. A variety of cuisines are available including Spanish, Italian, and Chinese, as well as American-style eateries. Salvador has its own distinctive cuisines, and dishes that might appeal to children include creppes de tapioca, tempting crepes available with sweet or savory fillings.

The most popular things to do in Salvador

Children and adults alike will enjoy taking a trip on the Plano Inclinado Gonçalves. This is a funicular railway that travels between the Comercio district uphill to the Cidade Alta neighborhood. Originally opened in 1874, and since completely restored, the funicular carriages offer excellent views across the city. Salvador is a city with an excellent selection of beaches. One of the favorites, with both locals and visitors, is the Praia Porto da Barra, just a 10-minute journey from the Old Town. The beach has soft white sand, and it’s lined with a good choice of cafés and restaurants. You and the kids will find plenty of souvenirs to take home at the Mercado Modelo, an indoor market set in a splendid Neo-Classical building, and selling jewelry, local arts and crafts, and leather goods.

Best ways to get around Salvador

There is a limited metro railway service, but as it has only 1 line with 8 stops, you’re likely to turn to taxis or buses as the best way to get around the city. Buses have their own local quirks – you get on board at the back, where tickets are sold, and alight from the front of the bus. Taxis are widely available, but it’s worth noting that many drivers don’t switch on the meter. That means it’s a good idea to agree the fare in advance.