Peaceful solitude or laid-back beach bars – take your pick
The coastline of Bahia extends for hundreds of kilometers from the Whale Coast at the extreme south of the state, past Trancoso and the Discovery Coast and on up to the Coconut Coast north of the State capital, Salvador.
Punctuated by lagoons, islands and long stretches of pristine beaches and with the benefit of year-round sunshine, the coastline of Bahia is one of the most alluring attractions of Brazil.
Trancoso is a short drive from the airport at Porto Seguro and is a sympathetically restored fishing village with brightly coloured houses centred on a large grass square called the Quadrado. There are numerous artisan shops, chilled out bars and outdoor restaurants. Visitors can choose between staying in stylish boutique hotels in the village centre or in small hotels directly fronting onto the beach.
North of Ilheus there are long stretches of almost completely deserted beaches backed by palm trees and with little habitation in sight. The exclusive Txai Resort is positioned on one such beach, but also has top facilities including an incomparable spa and treatment centre. Further hotel options exist at Barra Grande, a small village at the end of the Marau Peninsula.
The best-known destination on the Dendé Coast to the south of Salvador is Morro de São Paulo but this can get very hectic in the high season and a more tranquil island in the Tianharé Archipelago is Boipeba, offering a combination of charming beach bars fronting the tranquil waters of the lagoon and idyllic, long, deserted Atlantic beaches. The absence of any cars and informal atmosphere make shoes a needless accessory.
Escape to the hills
For those who would like to combine a hill walking experience with their beach holiday, we would recommend a trip to the Chapada Diamantina National Park located 400 kilometres west of Salvador. This former diamond mining upland area offers dramatic scenery, waterfalls and some of the best walking and trekking to be found in Brazil.
Memorable experiences include swimming at the bottom of the 85 metre-high Cachoeira de Buracao waterfall, diving into bright blue underground rock pools and walking through extraordinary rock formations around Lencois.
To discover some of the best beaches in the world or to enjoy a more active experience in Chapada Diamantina, give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
A truly delightful hideaway located on a remote beach on the Maraú Peninsula, but within striking distance of the fun bars and restaurants in Barra Grande.View details about Butterfly House
A sophisticated and secure resort hotel providing top quality service to international guests.View details about Txai Resort
Ideally positioned to explore Boipeba, walk along deserted beaches or enjoy the beach bars. A place to relax and let time go by.View details about Pousada Mangabeiras
Etnia Pousada & Boutique
Outstanding design, local materials and great service in a friendly and relaxing environment.View details about Etnia Pousada & Boutique
Uxua Casa Hotel
A unique brand of chic in the centre of Trancoso – enjoy the best combination of the beach and the town.View details about Uxua Casa Hotel
Exhilarating walks in a national park with caves, waterfalls, table top mountains and a colonial hotel.View details about Chapada Diamantina
A charming new boutique hotel, situated on the beach five miles from the historic centre of Trancoso.View details about Pousada Tutabel