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A 100m cliff runs along the entire bayshore, dividing the city into '''Cidade Alta''', up on the cliff, and the '''Cidade Baixa''' down by the bay. The former features '''Pelourinho''', the old city center that packs historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artisanal shops, and music/dance/capoeira academies into a convenient, albeit tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.
 
A 100m cliff runs along the entire bayshore, dividing the city into '''Cidade Alta''', up on the cliff, and the '''Cidade Baixa''' down by the bay. The former features '''Pelourinho''', the old city center that packs historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artisanal shops, and music/dance/capoeira academies into a convenient, albeit tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.
  
Outside of this area, there are many beach districts that stretch from the tip of the peninsula northeast along the Atlantic coast. The '''Barra''' neighborhood at the tip of the peninsula is the main alternative jumping-off point to Pelourinho, and a little further to the northeast are the hip neighborhoods of '''Rio Vermelho''' and '''Amaralina''', which feature a nightlife less geared to the foreign tourism industry. A decent bus ride beyond these is the neighborhood of '''Itapuã''', which has an energetic beach side nightlife and relatively few foreign visitors. Northward from there are kilometers and kilometers of gorgeous beaches, all accessible by bus.
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beach districts that stretch from the tip of the peninsula northeast along the Atlantic coast. The '''Barra''' neighborhood at the tip of the peninsula is the main alternative jumping-off point to Pelourinho, and a little further to the northeast are the hip neighborhoods of '''Rio Vermelho''' and '''Amaralina''', which feature a nightlife less geared to the foreign tourism industry. A decent bus ride beyond these is the neighborhood of '''Itapuã''', which has an energetic beach side nightlife and relatively few foreign visitors. Northward from there are kilometers and kilometers of gorgeous beaches, all accessible by bus.
  
 
The bayshore coast north beyond Pelourinho features a more tranquil atmosphere and a locally patronized, though less scenic, beach life. The interior of Salvador is where the "new city" has developed, full of residential neighborhoods, shopping megaplexes, and knotted highways, all of which can be quite alienating without actually having a friend to show you around.
 
The bayshore coast north beyond Pelourinho features a more tranquil atmosphere and a locally patronized, though less scenic, beach life. The interior of Salvador is where the "new city" has developed, full of residential neighborhoods, shopping megaplexes, and knotted highways, all of which can be quite alienating without actually having a friend to show you around.

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