According to the historians,the Portuguese,after mailing throug the ocean open waters,perceived a mountain that showed them the way to the coast.
It was MONTE PASCOAL,today a National Park.
After arriving at what is today Porto Seguro,
they continued to the South and found "Pataxos" indian tribe,which became an indian reserve,and years later transformed into this natural paradise:
Trancoso town was originated from a jesuit settlement,from 1586.In 1759,with the jesuits expelling,the village started with 62 houses,14 of them with tile rrof and the rest with straw roof.This was the beggining of today's "Quadrado Historico",center of Trancoso,which in the early 60's didn't know National currency!
The majority of people are Indians and natives,once evangelized by the jesuits.
In 1976,Trancoso was rediscovered by young people who looked for an alternative way of life,leaving the big cities-htey found a natural paradise still inhabited by natives! The best place:the bars at "Quadrado Historico",one of the best beach bars area in Brazil for me!
I never saw Trancoso, yet I was there
"Resort package, anyone?"
OK, I don't like resorts. In fact, I avoid them. Please don't be offended if you do. It is just a personnal opinion. But it does bias my views. Reader, beware!
So, how did I end up spending 4 days in Club Med? Simple - it was an all expense paid trip that I got. And I never say no to free travel (well, this was my first opportunity to, actually).
And that is the story of how I went to Trancoso and never saw it.
"The resort life"
If you like to lounge by the pool, participate in organized sports or learn a new activity such as kayak, sailing or bow and arrow, a resort may be the place for you.
Or if you have small children and would like some peace and quiet.
If you want local flavour and native culture, it is not.
In fact, just to get to the beach in Club Med you have to go down the cliffs, as it sits on top of the "falésias".
The food is good and plentiful.
Bahia has some of the best weather in Brazil: clear sunny days, hot, nice breeze.
If you are north of Salvador. I wasn't - and it rained the entire time. Everyone said how rare such weather was at that time of year - which doesn't exactly solance me, as I had to endure it