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People never really leave Madagascar. They always leave behind a part of themselves on this remarkable sacred land marked by ancestor worship and the belief in vintana, or destiny. This island-continent with 5,000 km of coastline offers a staggering diversity of landscapes and unforgettable encounters with the Madagascan people, whose culture is a blend of Asian, Arabic, Swahili and French influences. The breathtaking national route 7 takes you from the high central plateaus to the arid south through terraced rice paddies, the funerary architecture of Betsileo country, mountainous cirques and zebu farms...all the way to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Anakao, a favourite spot for divers. In the west, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park boasts a vast limestone forest that is one of a kind. This broad western coastline is covered in savannah and dry forests. But in the east the narrow coastal plains are delineated by wet tropical forests. Here the Pangalanes Canal, the Sainte-Marie Island lagoon and the Masoala Peninsula are an invitation to revel in the sea, where humpback whales come to breed. The same marine marvels can be seen in the north, on the islands of Nosy Be and Diego-Suarez Bay. With its native wildlife - including its famous lemurs - and 12 % of its territory classified as a protected natural area, Madagascar is a sanctuary of biodiversity, a 21C Noah's Ark that must be preserved.

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Madagascar : Must-see towns and regions

  • Antananarivo

    The charms of the Madagascan capital – nicknamed Tana by locals – are not immediately obvious, but if you take time to stroll around the districts on the hillside between the Rova and the lower rice f...

  • Antsirabe

    With its thermal baths and colonial houses, the “Malagasy Vichy” has retained the antiquated charm of an early 20C spa town. Antsirabe, a town famous for its sparkling mineral water, also specialises ...

  • Fianarantsoa

    Go back in time at Fianarantsoa, the lively capital of the Betsileo region and a renowned cultural centre. The modern town, with its shops and numerous schools, stretches across the plain, while the c...

  • Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez)

    Perched on a promontory overlooking a 150km-long bay, Antsiranana, the legendary Republic of Libertalia, is best visited on foot. Take time to explore the colonial town, with its Creole-style houses, ...

  • Toliara

    Toliara is a regional port and the final destination of the famous N7 road. The main administrative centre of the province, the town has a relaxed atmosphere and discreet charm and is an ideal place i...

  • Majunga (Mahajanga)

    As the town’s coat of arms (a baobab tree and three dhows) testifies, Majunga (Mahajanga) is the most important port on the west of the island. In turn capital of the Boina Sakalava kingdom, a colonia...

  • Taolanaro

    Taolanaro, known as Fort-Dauphin to the French, stands in a secluded yet idyllic location, poised between the sea and the mountains, the bush and the rainforest. The town’s historical sights are surro...

  • Andoany

    From the picturesque small port, make your way up rue Passot where lambaoany embroiderers can be seen between the town’s cannons, prison, church and colonial buildings. Andoany, the main town on Nosy ...

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