Trancoso benefits from a label of being “too slow”. For any one who knows the more popular spots in Bahia (and most of Brazil's northeastern beaches), being considered “slow” means: less crowds, cleaner, unspoilt beaches, no loud music till 3am, and the opportunity to enjoy a small piece of land that seems to be unconcerned with the passage of time.
That small piece of land is the Quadrado - the square that is the center of life in Trancoso. It starts with a little white church, one of the oldest in Brazil. It is fair to say that the Portuguese man (and the natives probably) who built the church 500 years ago would not find the place that different.
The Quadrado has no traffic and no public lights, and when I visited (after carnival), no activity at all. Just a handfull of good restaurants, and small shops. During the day the views behind the church will make your camera happy. It is a high plateau where you can see most of the coastline.
You will not regret visiting Trancoso and spending your nights in the Quadrado, doing nothing and watching the skies.
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