backward glance: trancoso, brazil

Blast from the past

horse riding holiday bahia beach

In these bleak winter months where night over shadows day and the rain seems endless I find myself day-dreaming of tobasco-hot beach rides. Memories of lazy seaside canters where the salt water licks your skin,  after a day’s ride quenching your thirst with a crushingly sweet cider and sultry summer evenings where the  sea breeze tickles your skin to sleep, pepper my daydreams. Without question, my favourite beach ride that we offer in our globetrotting portfolio is in the Bahia region of Brazil. It’s here in this oasis where sapphire blue waters lap coconut-tree shore lines that I fell in love with the beachside village of Trancoso.

It was love at first sight when I rode into Trancoso on dusk as a crescent moon creeped above the sea. I melted into the village’s intoxicating coastal vibe with its sandy-streets, lolly-coloured buildings and grinning, olive-skinned locals. Almond and mango trees littered the sandy streets with heart-shaped leaves, their branches adorned in candle-lit baskets that danced in the sea-breeze. I trotted past loved-up couples swooning in deck chairs while sipping on caiprinhas.

horse riding holiday brazil

The next morning before our ride, I explored barefoot with camera in hand and watched the village wake-up. This is what I saw:

horse riding holiday brazil

A white-washed church stands with its back to the ocean in the town’s village square.


Chipper fisherman padded past me with a string of fish so fresh their scales shimmered in the sunshine.

horse riding holiday brazil

Children lazily made their way to school with sticks in hand they scribbled patterns in the sand.


I wandered past shops and hotels painted bouganvellia pink, sunflower yellow and parrot blue.

I’m curious to know what your favourite beach riding destination is?