32,084 people visited Bahia
Bahia, in northeastern Brazil, is the fourth most populous state in the country. Because of the early slave trade, Bahia has a noticeably African influence to its culture. This is the place to go to experience authentic capoeira – the acrobatic martial art that was disguised as a dance – and African-influenced musical styles such as samba. If you’d like to try your hand learning these skills, check out one of the schools in the capital, Salvador. The historical centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its colonial Portuguese architecture, and the city is known as “Brazil’s capital of happiness” because of its laid back people and pumped up street parties. Make sure to hit up carnival, too, when over two million people shake their hips in the streets. Given its location on the Atlantic coast, Bahia is the perfect state for sea lovers. As well as trying out every conceivable form of water sport, you can explore the Atlantic Rain Forest along the Coconut Coast, go whale-watching in Abrolhos Marine National Park off Whale Coast and even trek along gold-mining trails.