Whereas elegant Rio de Janeiro and cosmopolitan São Paulo may be the best-known places in Brazil, the Northeast, or Nordeste is one of the liveliest - a land of sunny beaches, colonial towns, vibrating street parties, music and friendly people.
Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, is one of the largest and most important cities on the northeastern coast of Brazil.
Bahia is a state in Brazil's Northeast region. When the Portuguese first arrived in Brazil they landed on the soil today known as Bahia.
Ceará is a state in Northeast Brazil. Traditionally one of the poorest in the country, certain regions have developed almost beyond recognition over the last 20 years, mostly from tourism and light manufacturing.
Piauí is a state in Northeast Brazil. It has the shortest coastline of any northeastern state.
Paraiba is a state in Northeast Brazil
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