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FAQs answered


Below you will find the questions our clients most frequently ask us that relate specifically to Trancoso. For FAQs about Sicily, Puglia, the Ionian Islands or the Sporades, or to return to our general FAQs, please use the links below:

General FAQs
Sicily FAQs
Puglia FAQs
The Ionian Islands FAQs
The Sporades Islands FAQs
Trancoso FAQs
Corsica FAQs

Q. Do we need to rent a car?
A. We advise you to rent a car, especially if you’re staying in our villas that are not within walking distance to the centre of town or if you wish to explore the area and its beaches. If you would prefer not to drive from the airport, we would be happy to arrange a transfer and have a hire car delivered to your villa. If you do not wish to hire a car, a shopping and a taxi shuttle service can be arranged locally.

Q. Do you arrange flights or car hire?
A. We do not arrange flights. We do, however, have a page dedicated to flights to Brazil, complete with a search engine allowing you to find the most convenient flights for your holiday. For car hire, please do let us know what kind of car you will require, if you would like to collect it at Porto Seguro or if you would prefer to have it delivered to the villa, and we would be happy to provide you with a quote. Alternatively, you can use the search engine on our website.

Q. How can I get to Trancoso?
A. Most people heading for Trancoso will usually fly first to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and then take a connecting flight to Porto Seguro in Bahia (flight times of 1hr30 and 1hr45 respectively). The drive from Porto Seguro to Trancoso takes approximately a 1hr15.

Q. What's driving in Trancoso like?
A. Infrastructure in the more remote regions of Brazil is not always of excellent quality and in the area of Trancoso you will find quite a lot of dirt tracks, rather than asphalted roads. However, while they may be a bit bumpy, these tracks are generally practicable and you will just have to go slowly when necessary.

Q. How safe is Trancoso?
A. Trancoso is generally seen as being a safe place. It is a small town and crime is fairly rare. However, we recommend you take simple safety precautions when out and about (not wearing ostentatiously expensive watches or jewellery, not carrying large amounts of cash, etc.). In terms of our villas, several are in secure gated residences, while others employ a security service to keep an eye on things.

Q. Will I need any vaccinations before coming to Brazil?
A. As a general guide, you should ensure that you have had the following vaccinations (usually administered when you were a child): MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus), polio, hepatitis (A and B) and typhoid. We recommend you speak to your doctor/health provider at least a couple of months before your trip for more detailed (and up-to-date) information.

Q. What's the situation with the Zika virus?
A. For up-to-date information, please either check the World Health Organisation website or refer to your government’s foreign travel advice centre.

Q. Are the houses equipped with mosquito nets and/or screens?
A. All the beds in our villas have a mosquito net above them. Some houses have screens on doors and windows.

Q. Do I need a visa to visit Brazil?
A. Most European citizens (except residents of Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta) do not require a visa. For British citizens, passports must have a period of validity of 6 months to visit Brazil. US, Canadian and Australian citizens require a visa.

NB Please note that this information was correct at the time of writing. Please double check visa requirements Forwith the Brazilian Embassy in your country at least a few months before travel.

Q: What kind of adaptor will I need to bring to recharge my phone, etc.? 
A: Standard voltage in Brazil is 110/220 with a frequency of 60HZ. Three types of sockets (and therefore plugs) are used: a flat blade; flat blades and a round pin; and standard European 2-pin plugs.

Q. What’s the restaurant scene like in Trancoso?
A. As well as some excellent traditional Bahian eateries and Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouses), Trancoso has a good selection of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. From fine dining establishments to beach shacks barbecuing fresh fish, there’s something for all tastes. See the food page on our Guide to Trancoso for more information.

Q. On what day of the week do rentals begin? Is there a minimum stay?
A. At our villas in Trancoso it is possible to start your stay on any day of the week (depending on availability). The minimum rental period is 3 days in all periods except for Reveillon (the Christmas and New Year period), when the minimum stay is 10 nights.

Q. Would you be able to help us arrange  a stay in Rio de Janeiro / Sao Paolo too?
A. We would be happy to help you arrange a 3-night stay in Rio de Janeiro including guided tours of the city, the hotel and transfers to and from the international and domestic airport.

Q. Are there any cash machines/ATMs in Trancoso?
A. Yes, there are a few cash machines/ATMs in Trancoso.

Q. What's the currency of Brazil? What's it worth?
A. Brazil's currency is the Real. For up-to-date exchange rates, please see a Forex website.

Q. What currency are your villas in Trancoso priced in?
A. Our villas in Trancoso are priced in Euros.

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