The Elevador Lacerda which connects the lower city with the upper town, situated 80 meters higher on a mountain chain, is particularly striking. The lift was activated in 1868 and transports nowadays more than 50,000 passengers daily. Whilst the lower city is predominated by modern skyscrapers as well as offices, the picturesque old town in the upper town delights the visitors’ eye. The old town district Pelourinho was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is nowadays the tourist centre of Salvador. The former slave market, where the Church Igreja do Rosario dos Pretos is located, attracts guests with its colonial buildings, its colourful houses as well as its narrow streets. In the streets of Salvador you can hear traditional sounds of drums, drink coconut milk and dance capoeira instead of samba. Its African tradition lasting for centuries made the city the capital of capoeira.
The almost three million Soteropolitanos love the Brazilian football and carnival. It is said that the carnival in Salvador da Bahia is more authentic and beautiful than for example in Rio de Janeiro. An ideal viewpoint to enjoy the sunset is the Farol da Barra, the oldest lighthouse of the South American continent. After 300 years, the building belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Site has opened its doors for visitors and houses nowadays the nautical museum Museu Náutico da Bahia. Moreover, the lighthouse serves as a theme for many paintings and poems.