Portuguese school in Salvador da Bahia: ICI – Instituto Cultural Idioma

From 160.- EUR
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Key points

  • Excellent location, in the heart of the magnificent "Barra" district
  • Immediate proximity to the beaches
  • Quality teaching and very friendly school
  • Optional topical/cultural classes

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
CELPE Bras
School size
S
Accommodations
Host family, Apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
United States, Colombia, Germany, etc..

With its high-quality academic programme and friendly atmosphere, our language school in Salvador de Bahia offers optimal conditions for learning Portuguese. As a bonus, the sea is just a few minutes’ walk from the school building! The school has 9 bright, well-equipped classrooms, offers free Wi-Fi and is located in the heart of Barra, a lively residential district famous for its quality of life and superb beaches. In the shade of the Farol da Barra lighthouse, you will find everything you need: lively restaurants, small fashion boutiques, large shopping centres, buzzing bars and music from all angles. Slip on your flip-flops, make the tough decision between the beaches of the Atlantic and the Bay of All Saints and get a real taste of Brazilian life!

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Included in the price
  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 160.- EUR
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 4
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-12:30
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
160 EUR
335 EUR
293 EUR
2
310 EUR
660 EUR
576 EUR
3
460 EUR
985 EUR
859 EUR
4
620 EUR
1320 EUR
1152 EUR
6
920 EUR
1970 EUR
1718 EUR
8
1220 EUR
2620 EUR
2284 EUR
12
1820 EUR
3920 EUR
3416 EUR
16
2420 EUR
5220 EUR
4548 EUR
24
3620 EUR
7820 EUR
6812 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course, 20+5 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 265.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 50 minutes
+ General (private): 5 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 4
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
General (group): 08:50-12:30
General (private): 13:30-14:20
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
265 EUR
440 EUR
398 EUR
2
520 EUR
870 EUR
786 EUR
3
775 EUR
1300 EUR
1174 EUR
4
1040 EUR
1740 EUR
1572 EUR
6
1540 EUR
2590 EUR
2338 EUR
8
2040 EUR
3440 EUR
3104 EUR
12
3040 EUR
5140 EUR
4636 EUR
16
4040 EUR
6840 EUR
6168 EUR
24
6040 EUR
10240 EUR
9232 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course, 20+10 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 370.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 50 minutes
+ General (private): 10 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 4
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
General (group): 08:50-12:30
General (private): 13:30-15:10
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
370 EUR
545 EUR
503 EUR
2
730 EUR
1080 EUR
996 EUR
3
1090 EUR
1615 EUR
1489 EUR
4
1460 EUR
2160 EUR
1992 EUR
6
2180 EUR
3230 EUR
2978 EUR
8
2900 EUR
4300 EUR
3964 EUR
12
4340 EUR
6440 EUR
5936 EUR
16
5780 EUR
8580 EUR
7908 EUR
24
8660 EUR
12860 EUR
11852 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

One-to-one course, 20 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 410.- EUR
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-12:30
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
410 EUR
585 EUR
543 EUR
2
820 EUR
1170 EUR
1086 EUR
3
1230 EUR
1755 EUR
1629 EUR
4
1640 EUR
2340 EUR
2172 EUR
6
2440 EUR
3490 EUR
3238 EUR
8
3240 EUR
4640 EUR
4304 EUR
12
4840 EUR
6940 EUR
6436 EUR
16
6440 EUR
9240 EUR
8568 EUR
24
9640 EUR
13840 EUR
12832 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

One-to-one course, 30 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 630.- EUR
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-12:30 + 13:30-15:10
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
630 EUR
805 EUR
763 EUR
2
1254 EUR
1604 EUR
1520 EUR
3
1513 EUR
2038 EUR
1912 EUR
4
1873 EUR
2573 EUR
2405 EUR
6
3073 EUR
4123 EUR
3871 EUR
8
4273 EUR
5673 EUR
5337 EUR
12
6673 EUR
8773 EUR
8269 EUR
16
9073 EUR
11873 EUR
11201 EUR
24
13873 EUR
18073 EUR
17065 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

CELPE Bras exam preparation course, 20 lessons/week

Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1), 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week From 160.- EUR
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 4
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-12:30
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
160 EUR
335 EUR
293 EUR
2
310 EUR
660 EUR
576 EUR
3
460 EUR
985 EUR
859 EUR
4
620 EUR
1320 EUR
1152 EUR
6
920 EUR
1970 EUR
1718 EUR
8
1220 EUR
2620 EUR
2284 EUR
12
1820 EUR
3920 EUR
3416 EUR
16
2420 EUR
5220 EUR
4548 EUR
24
3620 EUR
7820 EUR
6812 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
varies depending on language level and duration of stay
25 EUR

Options

PLUS dance (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS Capoeira (per week) 20 EUR
PLUS cooking (per week) 35 EUR
Extra night (host family) 25 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (Carnival) (apartment)
Availability on request, approximate price per night
(21.02.2020 - 25.02.2020)
65 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up) 45 EUR
Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off) 80 EUR

Capoeira, dance and cooking classes
After classes, discover the intoxicating rhythms of Brazilian dance, the acrobatic art of capoeira and the secrets of Bahianese cooking in classes given by experienced teachers.
Lessons: 2 afternoons/week
Course duration (capoeira, dance): 1 to 12 weeks
Course duration (cooking): 2 weeks

Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Exam dates
On request
Bank holidays
01.01 / 10.04 / 21.04 / 01.05 / 11.06 / 24.06 / 02.07 / 07.09 / 12.10 / 02.11 / 08.12 / 25.12.2020
Holidays
24.02.2020 - 26.02.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.4/5
Overall rating

98% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

60 students gave their opinion about this school

33 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
Er werden wel een paar activiteiten geregeld vanuit de school, maar voor mij iets te prijzig. Ben 1x weggeweest naar een ballet voorstelling, dit was wel erg leuk. Maar Ga liever zelf op pad, dit scheelt aanzienlijk.
2 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, veel geleerd en veel gepraat, ook studenten onderling in het Portugees en bijna geen Engels. »
School highlights
« Kleinschalig, erg leuke en goede leraren. »
27 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
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Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
School highlights
« Enger Kontakt zu Lehrenden. Hilfe bei allen möglichen Fragen »
28 years old - Germany
/ 5
Der Sprachkurs war gut auf die individuellen Kenntnisse abgestimmt, nach einem Interview am ersten Tag wird man entsprechend einem Kurs zugeteilt. Die Lehrer waren sehr geduldig, das Tempo war aber dennoch nicht langsam, sodass man schon relativ gefordert war.Das Viertel Barra ist ein sehr schönes und auch sicheres, mit Restaurants, Bars und natürlich den schönen Stränden. Auch die Gastfamilien sind im Regelfall in unmittelbarer Nähe zur Schule angesiedelt.Brasilien und seine Bewohner machen es mit ihrer offenen Art Neuankömmlingen sehr einfach, sich willkommen zu fühlen.
2 weeks, October – November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
35 years old - France
/ 5
4 weeks, October – November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) ()
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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55 years old - French Guiana
/ 5
2 weeks, October – November 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
23 years old - France
/ 5
3 weeks, August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
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School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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21 years old - Belgium
/ 5
5 weeks, June – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) ()
Bedroom
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Leisure (2.3 / 5)
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18 years old - Germany
/ 5
3 weeks, January – February 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Teaching (3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
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Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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31 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Die Gastmama war supernett und das Frühstück / Abendessen war immer frisch und bereit!!
1 week, November 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
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School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Eine Woche war sehr kurz, doch durch den Privatunterricht konnte ich dennoch stark profitieren. »
42 years old - France
/ 5
Très bon cours de danse. Excellent spectacle.Pour la capoeira, il faut être un peu plus souple et plus jeune que moi
2 weeks, November – December 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
School highlights
« Professeur excellente »
Top tips
« Centre historique, Bonfim, excursions bateau et autocar »
Testimonials

I booked my stay with ESL because it was very difficult to find language schools in Salvador de Bahia, and when I found one I could compare the prices and found that there were exactly the same as if I had booked directly with the school. I therefore didn’t need to bother booking by phone or email. The school is very friendly, perfectly located and the teachers ensure that lessons are enjoyable. This afternoon they put me in a free capoeira class so that I can make new friends and explore new places in this beautiful town.

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Host family
Sharing daily experiences with a host family in Salvador is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture and put your language skills into practise outside of your Portuguese classes. Approximately 20 minutes by foot from the school, you will stay with a local family, in a single room. You may choose the option with breakfast or with no meals included.

Shared apartments
Within easy walking distance of the language school, these apartments offer you the chance to live locally with Brazilians or other students. You will stay in a single room and share common rooms, such as the bathroom and kitchen, with your flatmates. This is a social way to live and a superb way to discover the city in the company of locals.

Hostel, hotel, private apartment
For students who wish to be totally independent, our partner school offers the chance to stay in a hotel, in a private apartment or in a "Pousada" (inexpensive family guesthouse, typically Brazilian) at reduced prices.
Prices and additional information on request.

Multi-coloured façades, cobbled streets, welcoming inhabitants and party music everywhere…welcome to Salvador da Bahia! From the fragrant and colourful treasures of the Mercado Modelo to the sparkling sands of the Morro de São Paulo; from Capoiera performances to parades of Batucadas, this is a city that loves life. Enjoy "Acarajé com camarão", papayas and sunshine but, above all, don’t miss the soul of the “Black Rome”. The Candeal district is the musical heart of the city, based on Carlinhos Brown’s model of harmonious society. In Salvador de Bahia, African music and traditions are mixed into everyday life without losing anything of their original strength.

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