Island off the southeast coast of Africa is much more than that. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, so there are many fascinating things to see and do: hiking, diving, surfing, visiting mangroves, seeing baobabs, playing with lemurs.
rainforest, desert, hiking, and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for
outdoor enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible
The unique flora and fauna of this country are so peculiar that they have led some scientists to call it the "eighth continent" of the world. But, despite its exoticism, Madagascar is also one of those cozy places where you feel at home from the moment you arrive.
Culture & History
Madagascar was colonized by Asians who came from the island of Borneo even before mainland Africans set foot on its shores. Over the next hundred years or so, Africans, other Asians, and Europeans began to settle in Madagascar, each bringing with them their own cultures and traditions, many of which are still observed today.
In Madagascar you can find the city of Antsirabé that has an important legacy of colonial architecture. Originally, Antsirabé was known for selling salt. In fact, its name comes from the word 'Any sira be', which means 'place with a lot of salt'.
In 1872, a Norwegian settler founded the city as a hot spring retreat center, which made Antsirabé fashionable during colonial times. The French were retiring to Antsirabé to enjoy the hot springs and get away from bustling Antananarivo.
As a curiosity, it is located at an altitude of 1500 meters, so it is usually colder than in other locations. And something that shocks when you first arrive is the large amount of pousse-pousse (taxis pulled by one person) that there are. There are them everywhere and it is a means of transport widely used by locals.
You can also see The Avenue of the Baobabs The baobab is a very large and characteristic type of tree on the island of Madagascar. Of the 9 species of baobabs that exist, 7 are found in Madagascar and 6 are endemic to the island. Baobabs live about 800 years on average, but on this avenue there are those that are more than a century old.
The Avenida de los Baobabs is a promenade with baobabs on both sides, one of the most emblematic places on the island. In fact, the sunset there is one of the things to do in Madagascar, yes or yes, an essential plan.
Making the best of Madagascar can be challenging (and
expensive): it is the world’s fourth-largest island and its roads are dismal.
For those who relish an adventure, however, this is a one-of-a-kind
destination: the off-road driving is phenomenal, there are national parks that
only see a few hundred visitors a year, regions that live in autarky during the
rainy season and resort so remote you’ll need a private plane or boat to get
there. There are also more activities than you'll have time for hiking, diving,
mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock-climbing, you name it. Oh, and there are
plenty of natural pools, beaches, and hammocks on which to recover, too
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