Located high on a hill, the small village of Trancoso is a district of Porto Seguro and one of the most sought after locations on the coast of Bahia. It is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities and rest at beaches with fine sand and warm water.
Founded in 1586 by the Jesuits, the city's main attractions are its beaches, some are deserted, as Itaquena and Patimirim, in addition to the famous Quadrado Histórico (Historical Square). Preserved by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan), the Historic Square is full of colorful houses, inns, restaurants both rugged and chic, and hand made craft shops.
The best tour in Trancoso are the beaches, with stands where you can drink and eat typical Bahian food, like the acarajé (fried beans dumpling stuffed with dried shrimp and seasonings). Ten minutes from the village is the Praia dos Coqueiros, with reefs that form natural water pools at low tide and are perfect for diving.
On the south bank of the Trancoso River, is a bustling Praia dos Nativos, where you can go horseback riding or rent kayaks and surfboards. From the Praia do Rio Verde (Green River Beach) to the Espelho (Mirror) there are 16 km of deserted sands, passing through Pontas de Itaquena and Itapororoca, and through Barra do Rio dos Frades, where the river runs parallel to the beach.
In the opposite direction, towards Arraial d'Ajuda there are more deserted trails and another good place for a fresh water bath: the Praia do Rio da Barra. In the late afternoon, you can't help but admire the sunset on Church’s observatory.
A few years ago, Trancoso gained new accommodations and lodging. These are charming little houses with more privacy, where you can stay and receive friends, without losing hotel services, such as having coffee ready in the morning and cleaning services.
The city also has golf courses with high technical level, surrounded by dense Mata Atlântica (rainforest) cliffs and dunes, and with a spectacular view to the sea, making the experience even more sensational.
The nearest airport to Trancoso is Porto Seguro Airport, which is 47 Km and receives regular flights from major cities in Brazil.
Salvador International Airport receives direct international flights from Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Miami and Lisbon.
Departing from Porto Seguro, you can take a ferry to Arraial d'ajuda and, from there, take the bus to Trancoso. The trip lasts 45 minutes.
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Departing from Salvador, Ilheus or Itacare, take the BR-101 to Eunapolis, and then the B.A.-367 towards Porto Seguro, entering the BA-001 towards Arraial d'ajuda and Trancoso. Departing from Salvador, Ilheus or Itacare, take the BR-101 to Eunapolis, and then the B.A.-367 towards Porto Seguro, entering the BA-001 towards Arraial d'ajuda and Trancoso.
Personal or rental vehicles
If you want more freedom, you can rent a car for a drive by Troncoso. Check car rental companies.
The best way to know Trancoso and its beaches is on foot. The city invites visitors to walk through its streets and beaches.