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Trancoso Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Trancoso, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Portuguese
Time Difference -4 hours
Currency Brazilian Real
Voltage 220v

Largely cut off from the rest of Brazil until discovered by hippies in the 1970s, the tiny, tranquil beach village of Trancoso now attracts discerning tourists and the glitterati. Yet, time still seems to stand still in this former fishing village, which didn’t have electricity until the 1980s – making it an ideal retreat for rest and relaxation after the throng of Brazil’s big cities.

Situated in Bahia state, Trancoso boasts a stretch of golden sands almost fifteen miles long and crystal-clear waters. Its historic village square is made up of brightly hued houses, where the locals are renowned for their laid-back, friendly nature and children play in the square. Elsewhere, artisan shops and seafood restaurants, serving the freshest catches of the day, also contribute to Trancoso’s dreamy reputation.


Designed by Dan Blankenship, Terravista Golf Course is located atop Trancoso’s iconic cliffs, offering breathtaking views across the fairways and out to sea. Celebrated as the best golf course in South America, it offers 70 hectares of playing area, lakes and native vegetation, utilising nature to provide natural hazards and stern challenges for even the most able golfers.


Trancoso’s most obvious attraction is its soft-sand beaches, most that are protected by reefs and perfect for low tide swimming. For more deserted sands, Praia dos Coqueiros (Palm Tree Beach) is a small retreat, fringed by beautiful palms, while nearby, Praia da Pedra Grande (Big Rock Beach) has few tourists, but some restaurants and beach bars. The region’s most famous beach, Praias dos Nativos, has more facilities still. A great way to explore Trancoso’s beaches is by horseback, either independently or with a local guide.


Trancoso is one of the oldest villages in Brazil, founded by Portuguese Jesuits over 400 years ago, and has its fair share of festivities as a result. Saint Sebastião’s Day in January and Saint Brás’s Day in February are the most famous, when unique local traditions can be enjoyed as residents gather on the Quadrado to celebrate. Trancoso’s New Year’s Eve is also considered legendary, with a whole week of festivities. The, otherwise quiet, village comes vividly to life, as celebrities, models and thousands of other visitors descend for a week of fun.


Trancoso enjoys an enticing year-round climate, with its warmest month in March and the coolest in August. Average temperatures vary little annually, with maximums around 29°C, rarely dropping below 22°C at night, while the average minimum temperature is 20°C. Considering humidity, temperatures feel relatively hot for around half of the year, while there’s a chance of rain showers throughout most of the year.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Trancoso.

  Temp °C Rain mm

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Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

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