This fishing village has become the summer point of socialites and jet setters from São Paulo. Thus, the simple life has given way to boutique hotels and restaurants.The transformation can be seen every day at Quadrado, the central square where cars are prohibited. Calm and bucolic in the morning, the place changes completely after sunset when the colourful houses open their doors and turn into designer shops and pubs.
Trancoso is a one-hour drive from Porto Seguro, Bahia. Schedule a driver service or contact the local (and small) airport and heliport of Terravista Golf Club. +55 73 2105 2104; terravistagolf.com.br
Summer temperatures stay around 30C. In the winter they drop to 25C and a little less at night.
The best parties happen on New Year’s Eve and in early January.
Choose a hotel at sea level, since the downtown of Trancoso is on a cliff.
To get cash go to the currency exchange houses in Porto Seguro, as the ATM machines in the village are usually broken or out of order.
A bike ride — Cycle through the Valley of Buffalo (Vale dos Búfalos) to burn off those calories gained from caipirinha consumption.
+55 73 3668 1333
Praia do Espelho — One of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. The name comes from the calm sea which reflects like a mirror (espelho in Portuguese). You can simply walk on the beach or rent a jeep or a boat. But before you go make a reservation at the exclusive restaurant owned by Silvinha.
Praia do Espelho
+55 73 9985 4157
Corumbau — Hire a boat and go to the Ponta de Corumbau. The tour takes almost a whole day but it is a true paradise of clear water and freshly grilled shrimps served on the seashore.