Bahia brings a party to Brazil - 06 Sep 2007
As winter descends on the UK, holidays in Brazil are set to hot up with the carnival in Bahia.
Running from the end of January until early February 2008 in Salvador, there is no better reason to visit the South American hotspot than this.
One of the biggest parties of the year - not a modest statement in a nation famed for its good times - the carnival in Bahia brings out the best in food, music and dance, demonstrating the diversity of the country.
Pelourinho, Salvador's cultural and historical centre, is the ideal base for the event - declared a World Heritage site in 1985, the area's architecture and vibrant atmosphere is second to none.
A new-year holiday in Brazil could be the ideal way to recover from the excesses of Christmas - as well as the carnival, tourists can visit the thrilling cosmopolis of Rio de Janeiro or explore the Amazon rainforest.
If the Brazilian approach to parties appeals, Rio de Janeiro hosts its own high-profile carnival in the spring.