With his books Amado (1912-2001) was & still is characterising the image of Brazil outside of the country. His books were translated to 49 languages & sold in 55 countries. The most successful titles are Captains of the Sands, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon & Tieta. Almost all of Amados stories play in and around Bahia. He portrayed the life of simple people. In spite of the material problems of his protagonists most of his books are full of zest for life, Carnival, Bahian food & Afrobrazilian culture.

A stroll on the traces of Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado is very present in Salvador’s neighborhoods Rio Vermelho & in Pelourinho. The couple Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai lived in Rio Vermelho where is a statue of the two with their pug named Fadul Abdala.
WHERE Largo de Santana / Rio Vermelho / Salvador – Bahia

Casa do Rio Vermelho / House of Rio Vermelho is where Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai have lived in Salvador & is a museum nowadays. You can see the interesting architecture of the house, sculptures, paintings & many Orishas, the divinities of the Afrobrazilian religion Candomblé.
The couple was devoted to the Orishas & they defended the right of religious freedom. In that time Candomblé was a persecuted religion, temples & sacred places were destroyed. In the short period when Amado was elected congressman, he passed a law to assure religious freedom.

WHERE Rua Alagoinhas No 33, Rio Vermelho / Salvador – Bahia
OPEN Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm / Closed on Mondays, December 24th, 25th, 31st, January 1st & during the Carnival
ADMISSION R$ 20,00 (R$ 10,00 for students & persons from the age of 60) / Wednesday admission is free for all.

Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado / Foundation House of Jorge Amado in Pelourinho hosts a permanent exhibition of photos, books & personal objects related to the life of Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai.

WHERE Largo do Pelourinho / Salvador – Bahia
OPEN Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm & Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
ADMISSION R$ 5,00 (kids under 5 free) / Wednesday admission is free for all.

Baiana dancing by Antonio Chequer
  1. They know how to dance – Brazilians in general have music in their blood.
  2. They have self-confidence.
  3. They are proud of their state & it’s people. It is celebrated with the slogan *Sucesso da Bahia* – success of Bahia.
  4. Baianas are very happy & enjoy life to the fullest. Bahia is a state where people are very happy.
    Smile you are in Bahia © 2009 Fábio Luiz
    Smile you are in Bahia © 2009 Fábio Luiz
  5. It is all about hair – Baianas spend more time with styling their hair than I know from
    German women.


  1. Their nails – Baianas have colored nails most of the time specially when they go to a party.
  2. Their clothes – long & colourful dresses are my favorite.
  3. Men carry heavy things – Me, as a German, I was used to carry my stuff. The Baiana instead lets the men carry the heavy things.
  4. Girls love football <3
    Girls love football








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