Built on a narrow, rocky ridge, Antananarivo occupies a strategic point at the center of the island of Madagascar. Two forts watch over the city from the east and southwest, while within the city limits lay royal palaces, embassies, some fifty churches and a mosque. The city's most distinguishing feature may be the burnt out remains of the Rova, or Queen's Palace, situated on a prominent hill. Its steep alleys and stairways make Antananarivo a challenging but rewarding city to explore on foot.
Restaurants in Antananarivo
4.5 based on 701 reviews
Up close and personal...these lemurs are in the wild but fed daily so they aren't scared of people... 2 hours of fun when in Madagascar. Also, saw some chameleons and tortoises while we were there...Nice guide, very helpful with explanations and questions
4 based on 287 reviews
The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
This is the original capital of the Merida Royal family. It brings to life all the history I had read about. It costs 10,000 ar each to get in and 600 for the use of a camera. We had a fantastic English speaking guide for an hour and a half. We gave him 10,000 ar as he was so good. The rooms are well preserved with a lot of original features and furniture. The views are spectacular overlooking Tana and the seven hills.
4 based on 202 reviews
This was the only time that we saw a Fossa in Madagascar, and for that reason I recommend visiting it.
The park itself was nice enough, you do need a guide though. He leads you first past enormous crocodiles. They were amazing but extremely lazy (apparently they get fed every Sunday in the evenings but double check this time before you visit). We also saw birds, geckos, and chameleons and then a fossa.
I felt that it was a little bit lonely but, by being there, it is making an important contribution to conversation efforts.
4 based on 50 reviews
Also known as Reserve Peyrieras, this is a great place to stop by between Tana and Andasibe as you can see all the reptiles usually so difficult to see in the wild.
Best part was when the guides start feeding the chameleons with grasshoppers and you get to see them grab them with their tongues.
3.5 based on 405 reviews
3.5 based on 52 reviews
The guarded train station, which is a beautiful motif for a picture and a nice backdrop for an "I am in Tana selfie" is like an oasis of tranquility and a means of escape from the Avenue de l'Independence with its hustlers, money changers, and (wannabe and more pro) pick-pockets. There is not much to do other than drinking a coffe at the quite expensive but also worth a look / photo Cafe du Gare. After sunset take a taxi to you next stop.
4 based on 43 reviews
Colorful fruits and vegetables vie with fish and even grilled lizards at this frenetic outdoor market.
I enjoy these types of markets because it isn't tailored to tourists, but everyday people. There are some souvenir vendors, but the majority is groceries and other basic products. The vibe of walking through the spaces is the fun part, and people seem more than happy to have their picture taken (I always ask if I can, but sometimes they ask and love to see the photo). There are different sections but its uniquely situated along two staircase-paths with a large centre in the valley.
4.5 based on 13 reviews
Cette belle cathédrale domine la ville,elle aurait besoin d'un petit coup de peinture et de restauration à l'intérieur,mais une visite s'impose.
4 based on 25 reviews
This market is fascinating. The small stalls run for as far as the eye can see. The goods are all made in Madagascar and they are beautiful. Seldom have I found so many interesting and unique handcrafted items. Of course, the baskets and leather work are amazing. But I especially enjoyed looking through the variety of polished stones. The marquetry boxes are also beautiful. The detailed work is amazing. Take time to walk all the way to the end as you will continue to discover new items as you walk. Definitely do not miss this market!
4 based on 16 reviews
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