The Salvador-Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport, formerly called Dois de Julho International Airport, is a public-cum-military airport operated by Infraero. It serves the city of Salvador da Bahia, in the eastern section of Brazil, named after Luis Eduardo Maron Magalhaes who was an influential politician of the state of Bahia. The airport is located in an area of more than six million square metres, and is set between sand dunes and native vegetation. It has one main terminal, which houses the arrival and departure halls that can handle six million passengers per year, a shopping mall, and 11 jetways, along with military facilities controlled by the Brazilian Air Force, and two asphalt runways.
Originally called the Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, later the Dois de Julho International Airport, the facility was founded in 1925 and has been fully operational since then. In 1941, it even participated in the World War II efforts, with the support of the American and Brazilian governments, to completely rebuild the facility. Today, it serves at least 8.5 million passengers (2013) every year, with almost 110,000 aircraft operations and 29,827 metric tonnes of cargo.
What to see & do
Located in the northeastern state of Bahia, Salvador's charm relies on its rich Portuguese background, one that has intermingled with the African way of living and the local Brazilian flavours. It has produced a unique and one-of-a-kind feel, making Salvador like no other.
Historic Centre – the Historic Centre of Salvador is a historic neighbourhood located in the western zone of the city. It was the city's centre during the colonial period, and has been the main commercial and political area for the Portuguese that arrived in the city. It previously had the name 'Pelourinho' or pillory, because its central plaza is where African slaves received punishment for various infractions as well as for disciplinary services. Renovated in the 1990s, it is now comprised of several blocks around the triangular Largo, and is the location for music, dining, culture, and nightlife in the area. Its pastel buildings, as well as its cute establishments, make it a perfect day tour destination.
Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim – the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfiim is the most famous of all Catholic churches in Salvador. It was built in the 18th century on a hill in the Itapagipe peninsula, known as the subject of intense religious devotion by the people of Salvador. It is also the site of the famous Festa do Senhor do Bonfim, which is celebrated every January. The interior of the church boasts of a wooden ceiling painted by Franco Velasco between 1818 and 1820.
Chapada Diamantina – dubbed as Brazil's “Lost World,” the Chapada Diamantina National Park is a beautiful circuit of caves, lagoons, and falls in the city of Salvador. It boasts of multi-coloured caverns and waterfalls that is unlike any other in the world. Its Poco Azul, considered as the crown jewel, is a flooded cave that held precious treasures within its depths. Other features of the area include the Blue Grotto, the Gruta de Pratinha, the Enchanted Well, the Waterfall Buracao, the Fumacinha Falls, and many others.
How to get around within Salvador da Bahia
There are a number of transportation modes available in Salvador, including taxis, buses, trains, and car rentals. Travellers will not have a hard time looking for options, and fares are relatively cheap, sans taxis (when travelling long distance). Walking is also suggested when going around the old city centre.
How to get there
The Salvador-Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport is the main airport of Salvador da Bahia in Brazil. Airlines that serve the airport include Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, American Airlines, Andes Lineas Aereas, Avianca Brazil, Condor, and many others.
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