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  • 1 Highlands Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The central Highlands, at an altitude of 1 000m, cover three-quarters of Madagascar's total surface area. It is the region of the Merina, the ethnic group that unified the country in the 19C. The RN 7 runs through this rural region with captivating v..

  • 2 Rova Palace, Antananarivo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Built on top of the highest hill in Antananarivo, the royal city was home to the tombs, temples and palaces of the Merina dynasty from the 17C onwards. Since 1995, when an arson attack ravaged this seat of power, the Rova has been undergoing restorat..

  • 3 Sacred hills of the Imerina Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    To symbolise the unification of the Imerina, King Andrianampoinimerina (1787-1810) sanctified the twelve hills surrounding Antananarivo. The most interesting, that of Ambohimanga, comprises a city, a funerary site and a group of sacred areas listed a..

  • 4 Antongona Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    An extraordinary 360° viewpoint across the rice fields of the Highlands is the reward for climbing these two sacred hills, occupied by an archaeological site. At an altitude of 1 500m, two small local museums are installed in reconstructed traditiona..

  • 5 Antananarivo Markets Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Andravoahangy market, the largest in Antananarivo, has an authentic atmosphere and sells a range of craft products, while the popular Petite Vitesse market, which runs alongside an old railway track, specialises in food produce. The colourful Analake..

  • 6 Avenue de l'Indépendance Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue de l'Indépendance

    Heading away from Soarano's railway station, this main thoroughfare in the heart of the lower town of Antananarivo recalls the period of French colonisation, with its fine arcaded buildings. Regenerated in the late 1990s, the Avenue de l'Indépendance..

  • 7 Andafiararatra Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The impressive Andafiararatra Palace was built in 1872 for the Prime Minister, Rainilaiarivony. Having served as a barracks, court house, fine arts school and then an official residence, it is now home to the art collections of the Rova (royal object..

  • 8 Lake Anosy Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Fringed with jacaranda trees, the purple flowers of which blossom in November, is the man-made Lake Anosy. On the small island at the centre is a tall monument, the Black Angel, which commemorates the Madagascan soldiers who died in the First World W..

  • Formerly the property of Queen Ranavalona's Prime Minister of, Lake Alarobia is an important refuge for the birds of the Highlands, which dart around this green oasis right in the centre of the city. A privately owned park, Tsarasaotra is a Ramsar si..

  • 10 Ambohitsorohitra Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ambohitsorohitra Palace, once the headquarters of the colonial administration, then home to the French Embassy, stands perched on a hill overlooking the centre of the capital. Now the official residence of the Madagascan president, the palace was des..

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