Ceará is located in the NE part of Brazil, on the Atlanticcoast. #6 on map.
It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The statecapital is the city of Fortaleza.
The state is best known for its extensive coastline, with 573 km (356 mi) ofsand. There are also mountains and valleys producing tropical fruits.
Ceará has an area of 148,016 km². It is bounded on the north by theAtlantic Ocean, on the east by the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Paraíba, onthe south by Pernambuco state, and on the west by Piauí.
The endless stretch of beaches in the state is a major tourist attraction.Ceará has several famous beaches such as Canoa Quebrada, Jericoacoara, MorroBranco, Taíba and Flexeiras. The beaches are divided into two groups (inrelation to the capital Fortaleza): Sunset Coast (Costa do Sol poente) andSunrise Coast (Costa do Sol nascente).
Ceará is bordered, in counter clockwise fashion, by Sergipe, Alagoas,Pernambuco and Piauí to the north, Goiás and Tocantins to the west, and MinasGerais and Espírito Santo to the south.
Juazeiro do Norte, Fortaleza ,Caucaia
Official state website: www.ceara.gov.br (Portuguese)