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Location: La Villa Bahia hotel is nestled in the heart of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the historic quarter of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
How to get here: Fly to Salvador (SSA) in Bahia and take a road transfer to the center of Pelourinho for about 25-45 min, depending on the traffic.
Structure: La Villa Bahia is comprised of two adjoining 17th and 18th century colonial homes, remnants of the Portuguese era. Overlooking the colourful facades of the district, the 17 rooms have been carefully renovated to preserve their original spirit. The result is enticing: an authentic colonial atmosphere, enhanced by two garden courtyards, a refreshing plunge pool and a panoramic terrace. The rooms are split on 3 floors, overlooking either the Baroque Church of Sao Francisco or the Villa’s leafy courtyards. Each room reflects a particular period in Bahia’s history through decoration. African, Asian and European styles blend together to create a local soul. The rooms are luminous and serenely romantic, with high ceilings, four-poster beds, wooden floorboards, and occasional tangy colour. All the rooms on the top floor feature small private terraces.
Why staying here: La Villa Bahia is one of the most charming colonial-style hotels in Brazil. Given its location, it is easy to walk around to most of the beautiful sites in Salvador. Really beautiful and cozy with great service.
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The Bahia Cycling Tour is a 7-day private guided tour in Brazil. Cycle along the scenic road around Baia dos Todos os Santos in Bahia, escorted by a professional cycling support team. Finish off on the tropical rustic beaches of Morro de Sao Paulo. Baia dos Todos os Santos is a wide and deep bay that enchanted navigators, pirates and colonists and aroused the interest of the Portuguese for being an excellent natural harbor. Its strategic location drove the foundation of the first capital of Brazil, Salvador. Start the cycling tour in Salvador and continue to the picturesque towns of Santo Amaro and Cachoeira, crossing fantastic remote colonial villages and farming areas of sugar cane, tobacco and cacao.View full itinerary