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Things to do in Bahia State

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Bahia State. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Bahia State attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Bahia State to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Bahia State.

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  • Candomblé Ceremonies

    Arrange a visit through your hotel or through Singtur, which has guides for both city and candomblé tours. More
  • Cerâmica Calazans

    João Calazans, a.k.a. Calá, was an original Trancoso biribando. His ceramics, shown at his studio on the Quadrado, are among the best in town. More
  • Etnia Boutique

    Run by the Pousada Etnia, this shop has Osklen bikinis and swim trunks; colorful tops and dresses from Rio’s Cantão label; and a good selection of ... More
  • Fundo do Cravinho

    This sultry samba club has nightly live music. More
  • HomeAway

    Texas-based HomeAway lists 30 properties along the coconut grove–lined coast, and its "rent with confidence" guarantee refunds unsatisfied guests u... More
  • Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo

    Originally founded in 1636, this church was rebuilt in Neoclassical style in 1828. More
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    The seventeenth-century church combines Neoclassical interiors with Baroque and Rococo carvings located in the sacristy. More
  • Igreja de São João Batista

    The second-oldest church in Brazil was built by Portuguese settlers in 1586. Its defiantly plain façade—broken by a door, a window, and a wooden cr... More
  • Mangue Alto Turismo

    Rent a car at the airport—it’s an hour to Trancoso—or hire a driver ($113) through Mangue Alto Turismo. Owner Henrique Costa speaks fluent English ... More
  • Marcenaria Trancoso

  • Museu Afro-Brasileiro

    The museum hold an extensive collection of crafts that trace the African tradition in Brazil. The structure of the museum was once Brazil’s first S... More
  • O Cravinho

    The famous bar serves up a vast selection of cachaças and other local, traditional drinks. More
  • Priaia do Espelho

    Espelho is one of Bahia’s loveliest beaches, a vivid collage of blue water, creamy yellow sand, red cliffs, and lush green forest. Driftwood and co... More
  • Singtur

    Book your visit to the Candomblé ceremonies through Singtur, which has guides for city tours as well. More
  • Supermercado Nogueira

    Among the diapers and canned hearts of palm are dozens of Havaianas at only $6 a pair (a fourth of the cost on the Quadrado). More

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