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Trancoso

Trancoso, Porto Seguro - State of Bahia, Brazil
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Brazilian Beach Bar Trancoso  Brazil
The Heart of Trancoso Trancoso  Brazil
Brazilian Beach Bar Trancoso  Brazil
The Heart of Trancoso Trancoso  Brazil

Brazilian Beach Bar

The Uxua Praia (beach) Bar is the most coveted spot on the beach. A short walk from the Quadrado, it's been built out of old abandoned fishing boats that had been on the site. The main bar is shaded by a thatched palm roof and a cocktail alter features a statue of Mary surrounded by bottles of cachaca and other alcohol. The bartenders make excellent versions of the national drink, the caipirinha, but also have cold beers and will hack open coconuts and pop in a straw so you can sip coconut water. It's the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail.

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over 6 years ago

The Heart of Trancoso

The Quadrado—the town square‚ in Trancoso is anchored by São João Batista church. The small, humble white church dates back to the 17th century and still holds mass. I attended Christmas Eve mass and was fascinated to see the diversity of people in the pews and touched by the warmth people showed toward me, an obvious visitor.

The two colorfully painted poles outside of the church are key to the São Bras celebration, which takes place annually on February 3. One of the oldest festivals in Bahia, São Bras involves the entire village. Participants gather in a procession and sing religious songs to the beat of drums while carrying a mast with the image of São Bras and a painted pole. The pole is given to the honorary party-givers selected each year.