This gentle coastline was the first place the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500, giving it the name, Discovery Coast. Today, this is a UNESCO site where the whitewashed church still stands and colorful houses and artist studios extend around the square.
Just before sunset the crowds wind their way back up to the Quardado to dine, drink and dance to local sounds of forro (pronounced foh-hoe) or axé (ah-shay).
Trancoso had been a quiet fishing village slowly disappearing until it started to attract hippies (locally called “biribandos”) and artists in the 1970’s.
Trancoso is a place where color washes over you, whether you are at the beach or exploring in town. Amber-colored rivers wind to the sea arriving at sandy white beaches, while the houses in the town truly live up to their rainbow hued hype.
Check out some of our favorite spots in the links below.