Avaré is a city in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, located 270 km from the capital. Established on September 15, 1861 by Major Vitoriano de Souza Rocha and Domiciano Santana, the city was developed around the chapel of Our Senhora da Morte Boa (Our Lady of Pains).
The population in 2000 was about 77,000 inhabitants. The economy is based on agriculture, cattle ranching and tourism. The attractions include the Jurumirim Dam. Tourism is an important aspect in Avaré, which today is virtually a large ranch. Traditional events occur throughout the year. Events such as the Feira das Nações (The Fair of the Nations), where typical foods of various countries are served, and the FAMPOP, (Brazilian Fair of Popular Music), who's objective to highlight and award singers, musicians and composers. Natural attractions such as Terra da Água, do Verde e do Sol (Land of the water of the green earth) 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.