World Cup 2014 City Guide: Salvador takes a snapshot of Brazil's third-biggest city as the South American nation prepare to host World Cup 2014
Population: 2,693,605
Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova
Big Clubs: Vitoria, Bahia

Welcome to Salvador for World Cup 2014

One of the oldest cities in all of Brazil, Salvador is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the industrial south.

In Three Words

Sun, drums & Axe

Local History

In 1549, a fleet of Portuguese settlers headed by Tome de Sousa, the first Governor-General of Brazil, established Salvador. Built on a high cliff overlooking All Saints Bay as the first colonial capital of Brazil, it quickly became its main sea port and an important center of the sugar industry and the slave trade.

Salvador was the first capital of Brazil and remained so until 1763, when it was succeeded by Rio de Janeiro, but remains one of the centres for Catholicism in the country.

Where To Party

To eat - Gibao de Couro: Local food, in generous portions with a friendly welcome. A favourite of the natives is leg of lamb with string beans and risotto rice with banana.

To drink - The Twist Pub: Get your name on the guestlist to beat the busy queues, once your car has been valeted and you're inside several different rooms include a variety of themes and music to suit all tastes, while a flat rate then allows you to keep the drinks flowing all night long.

To dance - Municipal Lounge Bar (Below): A live music venue that looks to draw inspiration from British pubs and clubs. Whether cutting a rug on the dancefloor or watching those getting down from the balcony, the sophisticated and comforting atmosphere is welcoming to all.

Famous Players

He took the long road to the top but centre-back Dante is currently reaping the rewards as a crucial part of the Bayern Munich side currently cutting a swathe through the Bundesliga. The afro-sporting left-footer began his career domestically at Juventude before moving to Europe with Lille. Spells at Charleroi, Standard Liege and Borussia Monchengladbach led him to the Allianz Arena, where the 29-year-old's performances could seal the uncapped defender a surprise place in the World Cup squad next year.

Famous Attractions

Modelo Market: Previously the centre for Salvador's food trading, nowadays it is possible to buy all sorts of crafts at Modelo: hammocks, musical instruments or wood sculptures. There it is also possible to try some typical food of Bahia such as the seafood lambretas and the famous drinks from Fenix bar.

Forte Sao Marcelo: Sticking out of the ocean, mere yards from the shore and completed in 1623, the fortification was set-up ahead of the 1624 Dutch invasion, helping keep the invaders at bay and has been a key military building for centuries after. It was reopened to the public in 2004 and offers a fascinating insight into Brazil's naval past.

Museu de Arte Sacra: Translated to The Museum of Sacred Art, the building has been a convent and a college in its own history, but is now home to many artefacts and religious paintings.

Did You Know?

In 2007, The Guardian voted Porto da Barra Beach in Salvador as the third-best beach in the entire world.

Famous Citizen

In the midst of a 50-year music career, Gilberto Gil is one of the more popular figures in Brazilian culture. His impact goes beyond singing and song-writing, however, Gil served as Brazil's minister for culture between 2003 - 2008 while also setting up the government organisation Onda Azul (Blue Wave) in the 1990s charged with protecting the environmental health of Brazil's oceans.