This city’s history dates back to the former “bandeirantes” (land explorers) settlements built in an area originally inhabited by the Indians of the Paiaiás Tribe. These settlements later became a village that was administered by the city of Jacobina, and was called Arraia de Nossa Senhora da Saúde.
The name Saúde (health) was given to the city because the first settlers considered the region good for the health of those who stayed there.
Located 353km away from Salvador, Saúde has several mountains. The main rivers of the region are Paiaiá, Pedras and Itapicuru. The main touristic attractions are the waterfalls Paiaiás and Paulista. The patron saint of the city is Our Lady Saúde, which is celebrated with an annual festival on September 8th.