Hotel da Praca is a small likeable pousada in the shade of tall mango trees just off the quadrado, the heart of Trancoso. The town sits on a plateau about 50m above glorious coconut palm-fringed tropical beaches and the quadrado is a preserved grassy area about the size of a football pitch with an old colonial 16thC church at the sea end. There are some hotels, restaurants and lots of small boutique shops around it and there are more hotels down by the beach. In Summer (December to February) Trancoso is full of ‘super-cool’ people. In August you have the place to yourself.
Should you stay up in the village or down on the beach? It is a 10-15 minute walk down the road by the church and along the board-walk through the mangrove swamp, where red crabs scuttle away below you. Then you reach the sea (turn right for the restaurants and the best beaches). We thought that up was better than down. The walk is not hard and it gives you more choices of activity and eating in the evenings.
So the location of the Hotel da Praca suited us. Our room had a tiny bedroom upstairs with a mosquito net over the bed, steep wooden spiral stairs and a small sitting room and bathroom downstairs. Like many Brazilian hotels and airports, it has cold water and no plug in the washbasin (bring one with you) and you put toilet paper in the bin, but we were already used to all three. The shower was hot, decoration of smart bright fabrics and prints and breakfast was good, though they could do with an English translation of the breakfast menu (the first morning, they brought everything I pointed to). Service varied from puzzled to friendly depending on the individual and our combined language skills. The restaurant’s ceviche was delicious. They have a library of DVDs and they let us sit in the office one evening and watch a film on a huge screen. Most important, their Caipirinhas are excellent!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Da Praca Trancoso, Brazil