Carnival in Salvador

Carnival in Salvador

Carnival 2017 – From 23/02 to 01/03/2017

We would like to offer the following discounts for the first 05 apartments booked in advance, for the maximum of 02 people:  

Packages of 05 days or more = 25% discount. From R$ 2,000.00 to R$ 1,500.00

Packages of 04 days = 15% discount. From R$ 1,600.00 to R$ 1,360.00

Packages of 03 days = 10% discount. From R$ 1,200.00 to R$ 1,080.00

Packages of 02 days =   5% discount. From R$ 800.00 for R$ 760.00

Night = R$ 550.00

Conditions: In order to assure the reservation we kindly ask for the total payment via credit card or 50% deposit and the reminder in cash at the Guesthouse.

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Half way between the most famous circuits of carnival and the paradisiac beaches  of the North Coat, you can have the best of the two worlds: party, crowd and buzz and on the next day: quiet, silence and recovery..


So, What’s Up With All These Carnival Circuits?!

  The three Carnival Circuits are:

•  The Campo Grande – Praça Castro Alves Circuit, also called the “Osmar” Circuit, or simply the “Avenidas”.

•  The Barra – Ondina Circuit, also called the “Dodô” Circuit.

•  The Pelourinho Circuit, also called the “Batatinha” Circuit.

1. The Campo Grande – Praça Castro Alves Circuit is the original Salvador Carnival Circuit (going as far back as the 50’s anyway; the where and what of Carnival is actually something of a complicated story). Carnival’s official opening is at Campo Grande, and this is where the political bigshots sit and where the Carnival blocos are judged. The trios move away from Campo Grande and down Avenida Sete de Setembro (usually called “Avenida Sete” by the locals) to Praça Castro Alves. From there they swing around the corner and make their way back to Campo Grande by Rua Carlos Gomes, which runs parallel to Avenida Sete. The course takes six hours or so to run (“crawl” might be a better word!).

The denomination “Osmar” is in homage to one of the two creators of the trio elétrico.

2. The Barra – Ondina Circuit was added in ’92 (when it was very much secondary to the Campo Grande – Castro Alves circuit). The trios start at the Farol ( Lighthouse ) da Barra and wend their way up along the ocean to Ondina. The course takes some four hours or so.

Nowadays there is a tendency for the bigger names to play this circuit, as it is seen as more desirable (a view I don’t necessarily share) by a lot of Salvador’s middle-class youth, the ones with the money to join the bigger blocos.

The denomination “Dodô” is in homage to the other creator of the trio elétrico.

3. The Pelourinho Circuit is a late-comer, having been added in the last several years (though it might be more rightly said that this circuit experienced a rebirth). No trios here, rather a lot of old-time marching bands and people with kids in costume.

The denomination “Batatinha” is in homage to Batatinha (Oscar da Penha), a sambista and composer of wonderful music. Batatinha died in 1997 at 72 years of age, and if you’re close to Campo Grande you can stop in at Bar Toalha de Saudade — owned and run by Batatinha’s son Vavá — on the Ladeira dos Aflitos