Rio Vermelho

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Rio Vermelho, the bohemian district of Salvador, is the right place to enjoy a cold beer and try one of the best and most famous “acarajés” (typical food), at Santana Square. With a privileged view of the calm sea, where the fishermen leave every morning and arrive at dusk with their baskets full of fresh fish, with Iemanjá’s blessing, Santana Square is also the location of the Our Lady of Santana Church.

The streets of Rio Vermelho are the stage of one of the most traditional popular festivals of Salvador: Iemanjá’s festival, on February 2nd. Early in the morning, the boats sail carrying the presents – perfumes, soaps, flowers…- for the Candomblé’s goddess with wishes for good luck at fishing all year round. The sea procession is followed by the cortege of believers in the streets

Some history…
Rio Vermelho is the place where the vessel of the Portuguese sailor, Diogo Alvares Correa, sunk, between 1510 and 1511. Diogo Correa lived among the indigenous people, first inhabitants of the district and was named “Caramuru” by the tupinambá Indians and married the Indian woman called Paraguassu. In 1557, the third General Governor of Brazil, Mem de Sá, established the Rio Vermelho Village, which gave origin to this district that inspires Salvador.
The only district in Salvador that is divided by a lot of beaches – Buracão, Mariquita, Santana, Paciência, Sereia (mermaid) Beaches- Rio Vermelho was once the favorite place for summer vacations. Nowadays it concentrates some of the main and most luxurious hotels of the city and is the cultural center of the city

 

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