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Trancoso Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 114 photos

Trancoso is a tiny rustic village in the south of Bahia. Founded by Jesuit missionaries in 1586, its firs name was St. John Baptist of the Indians. It is quite a bit smaller than its northern neighbour Arraial d'Ajuda. The pace of life in Trancoso is always calm and laid-back.

Life here circles around the downtown plaza called Quadrado (the Square) where the pedestrians have the right of way - no cars allowed. The small square that is historical Trancoso is lined with colourful buildings. It's a place to pass late afternoon and evening. This is where everybody goes for shopping, dining and people-watching. Also the most stylish pousadas you'll find here. At the far end of the square, toward the cliffs that overlook the ocean, is the town church, looking exactly as it did in the 1500s.

During the day most of the people are enjoying many beautiful beaches. Northern and southern beaches are separated by the river Trancoso.

The main beach, Praia dos Nativos, is below the village on the north side and this is where beach bars and activities are. It is great for swimming. The farthest you probably want to walk to the north is to Praia Rio da Barra, which is one of the prettiest beaches in the area, at the mouth of the Barra river. It is about three kilometers from the village.

While on the south side of the village are beaches with slightly more turbulent waters, although they are nevertheless excellent for swimming. The first beach you come to on the south coast is Praia dos Coqueiros and the following are Praia do Rio Verde, Praia Jacuma, the famous Praia do Espelho and Curuipe. But it is quite a long walk to get to there.

  • Last visit to Trancoso: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Another paradise! To sit at Silvana and Cia a late afternon and watch the village life sounds to be great.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    This is certainly a beautiful area on the coast south of Salvador. I think my daughter has also been there, as she used to work nearby.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    The Capeta sounds interesting- but I would hesitate to try it. The Praia do Espelho is a great looking beach.I wonder how safe the swimming is. Also like the idea of buying food per kilo.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    this beach is awesome...I heard that Florianapolis is also nice. My friend has a condo in Camburiu and we might go there one of these days...Norman :)

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Another well described location in Brazil, for which you deserve considerable credit as a cultural explorer...

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    What a nice beach! But turbulent waters? Oh..wow! I think I'll pass! :) I wonder how the bathrooms look here..hmm?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    It has been a lot of fun reading about and seeing what you experienced in exotic regions of Brazil like Trancoso! Those are amazing looking beaches. My wife and I passed through a Trancoso in northern Portugal on our way to Guarda!

  • lariska's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    uf je lepoooo... Great pictures.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    The Beach and indeed the cocktails look very tempting = nice page with a local flavour

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    What a beautiful place in Brazilia! Amazing pics and tips:)

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