Avaré, São Paulo

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Avaré
Municipality
Vista Avare (REFON).jpg
Flag of Avaré
Flag
Coat of arms of Avaré
Coat of arms
Location in São Paulo  state
Location in São Paulo state
Avaré is located in Brazil
Avaré
Avaré
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°05′56″S 48°55′33″W / 23.09889°S 48.92583°W / -23.09889; -48.92583Coordinates: 23°05′56″S 48°55′33″W / 23.09889°S 48.92583°W / -23.09889; -48.92583
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast Region
State São Paulo
Government
 • Mayor Paulo Dias Novaes Filho (2013-2016)
Area
 • Total 1,213 km2 (468 sq mi)
Elevation 766 m (2,513 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 88.385
 • Density 0.073/km2 (0.19/sq mi)
Time zone BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)
Website www.avare.sp.gov.br

Avaré is a city in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, located 270 km from the state capital, São Paulo. The population is 88,385 (2015 est.) in an area of 1213 km².[1] Established on 15 September 1861 by Major Vitoriano de Souza Rocha and Domiciano Santana, the city was developed around the chapel of Our Lady of the Good Death ("Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte").

The economy is based on agriculture, cattle ranching and tourism. The Jurumirim Hydroelectric Dam in the Paranapanema River is istuated near Avaré. The city has its own airport, Avaré-Arandu Airport.

Shrine Our Lady of the Pains of Avaré

Tourism is an important aspect in Avaré, which today is virtually a large ranch. Traditional events occur throughout the year, such as the Feira das Nações (Fair of the Nations), where typical foods of various countries are served, and the FAMPOP, (Fair of Popular Music), whose objective is to highlight and award singers, musicians and composers. Natural attractions such as Terra da Água, do Verde e do Sol ("Land of water, the green, and the sun") also invite tourists to the beauty of Avaré's large reservoir.

The city is also distinguished as a center of higher education. Many students from the surrounding region come to Avaré seeking a quality education and a chance to study. The Faculdade Sudoeste Paulista (São Paulo State Southwest College) and other higher education institutions are located there.

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