Sitting atop a grassy bluff overlooking fantastic beaches, Trancoso embodies a certain rustic sophistication that captivates style-minded travelers. It's a favorite destination for jetsetters, who want to get away from it all while still having access to a few fashionable venues for dining and shopping. You'll also find beachy bohemians, yoga enthusiasts and some families among the crowds.
Trancoso is smaller in scale than Arraial, with a relaxed air, an assortment of pretty guesthouses, a postcard-worthy church overlooking the ocean, and irresistible open-air bars and restaurants surrounding the pedestrian only Quadrado (the main square). The sight of the square bathed in moonlight and candlelight is quite magical.