Where can you watch the sunset in Salvador de Bahia? The tropical metropolis overlooks the ocean and there are two places in particular to wait for the evening while sipping a drink.
Solar Do Unhão
Not far from Pelourinho and the Modelo Market, about six minutes by car, there is one of the most beautiful places where you can admire the sunset over the Bahia de Todos os Santos: the Solar Do Unhão.
It houses not only the Comunidade of the same name, a collection of very poor houses built on the slope between the road and the bay, but also the MAM-BA, Salvador De Bahia’s main space for contemporary art.
The architectural complex of Solar do Unhão dates back to the 16th century, once African slaves landed here and sugar was shipped, but today you can admire works of art from all over the world.
The building was renovated by the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi with the intention of creating a museum-school to encourage and exhibit cultural production in the Northeast region. The museum has an outdoor gallery, Parque das Esculturas, and a cinema room, in addition to the Rubem Valentim Room.
Solar Do Unhão is a meeting place for tourists and local communities who also gather here to listen to bossa nova concerts.
The most spectacular attraction, however, is certainly the sunset which, with its vibrant colors, sets fire to the Bahia de Todos os Santos every evening in a spectacle to be admired with caution because splendor and decadence meet here, as you are close to the Gamboa do Baixo favelas.
FAROL DE BARRA
About ten minutes drive from Solar Do Unhão, there is another place where you can watch the sun dive into the ocean: the Farol de Barra.
The lighthouse on the peninsula, in fact, is one of the most beautiful postcards of Salvador De Bahia.
Tall 22 meters, the striped lighthouse, has been guiding sailors since the 17th century. Nearby you can visit the Bahia Nautical Museum and stroll along the very long Praia Farol de Barra, an endless beach, lapped by a turquoise ocean where you can discover the habits of the locals and eat in one of the many seafront restaurants in the company of mischievous monkeys.