Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is a refreshing blend of past and present. Pelourinho, the oldest part of the city, is reminiscent of New Orleans' French quarter. Stroll along cobbled streets, through wide open squares and past pastel coloured homes. The city has the largest collection of colonial architecture in Latin America and you'll spot wonderfully preserved examples across the city.

If you're looking to sink your toes into soft Brazilian sand, you're spoilt for choice in Salvador as the city sprawls along the stunning coastline.