Bahia is the 4th most populous state in Brazil, with an estimated population of 14.93 million.
The state is home to beautiful beaches known for warm sea waters, resorts all-inclusive, and offers delicious food.
Top Destinations & Hotels in Bahia State
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Salvador is the largest city and capital of Bahia State. It is a coastal city, known for its charming historic center, Pelourinho.
The city is home to central beaches such as Porto da Barra Beach, Farol da Barra Beach, Praia do Buracão, and beaches to the north such as Stella Maris Beach and Flamengo Beach.
In addition to the beaches and the historic center, the Elevador Lacerda and the Church of the Basilica of Senhor do Bonfim are also popular sights.
The city offers luxury hotel options such as the spectacular Hotel Fasano Salvador and the Fera Palace Hotel and excellent options for mid-range and budget hotels such as Vila Galé Salvador and the Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho.
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Trancoso is one of the trendiest destinations in Bahia, much visited to spend the New Year’s festivities.
The “Quadrado” is the heart of Trancoso known for housing exclusive restaurants and boutiques.
Trancoso has beautiful beaches, beach clubs, and offers excellent hotel options.
Pousada Tutabel Trancoso and UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa are two luxury accommodation options, while Trancoso House – Boutique Hotel and Soleluna Casa Pousada offer excellent value for money.
3. Arraial d’Ajuda
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Arraial d’Ajuda is a district of Porto Seguro that has beautiful beaches such as Praia do Mucugê, Praia dos Pescadores, Praia do Apaga Fogo on the north coast and Praia do Parracho, Praia da Pitinga and Praia da Lagoa Azul and Taipe on the south coast.
The Arraial Eco Parque water park and the Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D’Ajuda church are also popular tourist spots in Arraial d’Ajuda.
It can be combined on an itinerary with Porto Seguro and Trancoso. Arraial d’Ajuda offers cheaper accommodation than Trancoso.
4. Chapada Diamantina
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Chapada Diamantina is a central region in the state of Bahia, full of well-preserved vegetation, waterfalls, trails, and caves.
The Chapada Diamantina National Park is considered one of the best destinations in Brazil for those seeking adventure and ecotourism.
The city of Lençóis is normally the gateway for those who want to explore the park, as it houses the only airport in the region, the Lençóis Airport (LEC).
Pousada Vila Serrano, Hotel de Lençois and Hotel Canto das Águas are excellent accommodation options in Lençóis.
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Located on the south coast of Bahia, Itacaré is a destination with beautiful beaches.
The beaches are divided between urban beaches and rural beaches. Rural beaches have a preserved environment surrounded by natural beauty, and many of them are accessed by walking trails through the Atlantic Forest.
The city offers excellent hotel options such as the luxurious Txai Resort and Barracuda Beach Hotel, and charming and cheaper hotels such as the Terra Boa Hotel Boutique and the Pousada Portal da Concha.
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Ilhéus is a destination located in southern Bahia, known for its historic center, calm beach options such as Praia Dos Milionários, Praia do Sul, Praia de São Miguel, and also options for surfing beaches.
The city offers good hotel options such as Pousada dos Hibiscus and Hotel Aldeia da Praia. And located just 79.6 km (49.5 miles) from the city center is the spectacular resort Transamerica Comandatuba.
7. Morro de São Paulo
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Located 60 km (37.28 miles) from Salvador in the Tinharé archipelago, Morro de São Paulo is a destination that enchants for its beautiful beaches and natural beauty.
In addition to the beaches, the island offers history with several historical monuments from the colonial Brazil era, and neighboring Boipeba is an excellent option for a day trip.
Morro de São Paulo offers many affordable hotel options.
Top Destinations & Hotels in Bahia State – Pousada Luzes de Caraíva
Caraíva is a seaside village located in the south of Bahia, 36.2 km (22.5 km) from Trancoso.
It is an excellent destination for rest, relaxation, and contact with nature.
The village has small and charming accommodation options such as Pousada Luzes de Caraíva, Pousada Lagoa and Villa Fulô.
Bahia State Map
Largest Cities in Bahia State
Bahia State – Largest Cities – Photo Credit: Marcus Alves
- Salvador – 2.886.698
- Feira de Santana – 619.609
- Vitória da Conquista – 341.128
- Camaçari – 304.302
- Juazeiro – 218.162
- Itabuna – 213.685
- Lauro de Freitas – 201.635
- Teixeira de Freitas – 162.438
- Ilhéus – 159.923
- Barreiras – 156.975
- Jequié -156.126
- Alagoinhas – 152.327
- Porto Seguro – 150.658
- Simões Filho – 135.783
- Paulo Afonso – 118.516
- Eunápolis – 114.396
- Santo Antônio de Jesus – 102.380
- Valença – 97.233
- Luís Eduardo Magalhães – 90.162
- Candeias – 87.458
- Guanambi – 84.928
- Dias d´Ávila – 82.432
- Serrinha – 81.286
- Jacobina – 80.635
- Senhor do Bonfim – 79.424
- Itapetinga – 76.795
- Irecê – 73.524
- Casa Nova – 72.545
- Campo Formoso – 71.487
- Bom Jesus da Lapa – 69.662
- Brumado – 67.335
- Conceição do Coité – 67.013
- Itaberaba – 64.646
- Itamaraju – 64.455
- Cruz das Almas – 63.591
- Euclides da Cunha – 60.858
- Santo Amaro – 60.131
- Ipirá – 59.435
- Catu – 54.970
- Jaguaquara – 54.673
- Araci – 54.648
- Ribeira do Pombal – 53.956
- Barra – 53.910
- Santo Estêvão – 53.269
- Caetité – 51.081
Source: Wikipedia – Largest Cities in Bahia
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