The best day to visit Pelourinho is Tuesday, better known as Terça da Bênção (Blessing Tuesday). Arrive in the afternoon and stay for the afro-mass, at Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos Church, at 6 PM, and Gerônimo’s show, in which he always sings “É d’Oxum," at the Escadaria do Carmo. But the best day to visit Bonfim – wearing white, of course – is Friday.
At the museum front, the latest news is the branch of the Rodin Museum that recently opened in the Graça neighborhood. But don’t forget to visit the MAM (Museum of Modern Art) or the São Marcelo Fort.
While visiting the northern coast, you must stop by the Tamar Project, at Praia do Forte, and take the opportunity to watch the sunset at the Arembepe hippie village. During a free weekend, take a catamaran and go to Morro de São Paulo – or, from Valença, take the speedboat that goes to Boipeba Island.