Chalet | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
We offer 3 charming two-storey bright villas located at Estrada dos Macacos, in the village of Trancoso with views of the Mata Atlantica, the Brazilian rain forest. The chalets can be rented seperately. Surrounded by a magical tropical private lighted gardens, approximately 1,600 m² each, with a rustic outside shower and hammocks. Just 20 minutes walk from the most beautiful beaches of Brazil.
Supermarket, bakery and little shops are just around the corner. A car is not needed in Trancoso but if wanted can be rented for day trips. The Quadrado is approximately 15 minutes walking. If you don’t feel like walking, take a Mototaxi.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Nativos, Coquieros 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto Seguro international airport 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
* Linen and towels provided.
* WiFi internet, 220 Volt.
* Cleaning twice a week.
* No furniture for small children available.
The North East Brazil region
Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. It was built on two levels with administration buildings and residences constructed on the hills; forts, docks, and warehouses on the beaches. To this day the city is still divided into upper and lower cities.
From 1500 to 1815 Salvador was the nation's busiest port. A significant portion of the sugar from the northeast and gold and diamonds from the mines in the southeast passed through Salvador. It was a golden age for the town; magnificent homes and churches resplendent in gold decoration were built. Many of the city's baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil's historic patrimony.
In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraji), to the ceremonies of candombli which honour both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the capoeira schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught. Its population is around 2,250,000 inhabitants.
It’s worth arriving in Trancoso, a chic little town on the north-east Brazilian coast about 300 miles south of Salvador, at night-time. A preservation order means the Quadrado, the broad village green that makes up the town’s historic centre, has almost no outdoor electric light. Instead, after sunset, the boutique bars, shops and restaurants that now occupy most of the one-storey artisans’ houses on either side of the grass put out gently flickering coloured candles on their tables and window sills, giving the place a wonderfully fairy-tale feel.
Above you a carpet of stars shines down and, perched on top of the cliffs near to where the Portuguese first landed in Brazil 500 years ago, a simple, slightly dilapidated church basks, with just the slightest ecclesiastical aloofness, in its (permitted) electric floodlighting. Starting at the bottom of the cliff, the sand stretches for hundreds of kilometres in either direction and, however busy the town seems to be, you can pretty soon find a quiet spot to yourself.
Trancoso is a small historic, Indian village with a serene atmosphere, nice restaurants, shops and lounge bars. It is mentioned as a transcendent place and compared with Ibiza, Goa and Bali. The houses on the Quadrado have, as much as possible, been kept in their original form. With so much outdoor beauty, it's not surprising that in Trancoso you spend very little time indoors ... even when you are indoors.
(Softly, softly under a Brazilian sky. By David Baker. Published: November 25 2005, Financial Times.)
COSTA DO DESCOBRIMENTO
Trancoso is located on a foothill from where it is possible to see beautiful beaches, cliffs, rivers and coconut groves. The temperatures are very pleasant, thanks to a cool ocean breeze most of the year. Besides the natural beauties, the town has also a great cultural and historical legacy to offer to tourists. Trancoso is also the place for trance and chill-out music and is seen as a transcendent place as Ibiza, Goa and Bali. The town used to be a small village founded by the Jesuits, who imposed their habits on the local people. Thanks to this domination, the city has a very specific architecture with a church surrounded by houses built very close to each other, forming a big square called ‘Quadrado’, which is one of the most valuable historical sites on the Discovery Coast.
Around Trancoso you can find several protected parks and vegetation. You will find deserted beaches and can reach Caraiva by car or bus trough APA (Área de Proteção Ambiental) Caraiva-Trancoso. National Parc Monte Pascoal can by reached by car within 4 hours (see owners website MAPS).
Porto Seguro is the main city of the area. Here you can find important institutions like the Townhall, Airport and Hospitals, beside a lot of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
Just above Porto Seguro you can find Cabralia, the location where Brazil was founded by Cabral.
Arraial d'Ajuda, between Porto Seguro and Trancoso, is a busier and more touristic village with bars, restaurants and discothecs.
Caraíva, just under Trancoso, is a village located inside of a Pataxó indigenous reservation between the river and the sea. Some people think it is an island, but they make a mistake, because it is a peninsula. If you stay in Trancoso, you have to visit Caraíva. On your way you will pass the famous praia do Espelho and Curuipe.
For diving, there are several rifs. The Recife de fora en Recife da Coroa Alta are close to Porto Seguro. Are you more into travelling you can go to Recifes Itacolomis at Curumbau or Recife dos Patachos at Cumuruxatiba (see owner's website: MAPS - HOW TO GET TO MONTE PASCOAL, CUMURUXATIBA AND CORUMBAU).