Enjoy your trip to Antananarivo & Central Madagascar!
Central Madagascar includes the country's capital and largest city, Antananarivo, as well as a number of other places of interest for visitors, including Antsirabe, Andasibe and Fianarantsoa. This region offers cultural cities, bustling markets, great Antananarivo hotels, stunning lakes and diverse national parks as some of its main attractions. Central Madagascar offers some of the country's biggest cities and best attractions!
During you stay in Antananarivo, do not miss to make some trip in Antsirabe. Antsirabe (ant-sira-bay) is the third largest city on the island of Madagascar. In 1872, a Norwegian missionary discovered its cool climate, serene environs and therapeutic thermal springs and set up a retreat here. Very soon the French, who were regular visitors to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, found Antsirabe to be the ideal getaway from the din and bustle of Antananarivo.
Spending some time in Antananarivo and the region of Central Madagascar will let you experience typical Malagasy culture.
There is a lot to see and do in Antananarivo and Central Madagascar. The rich and fascinating history and culture of the "Merina" people of Madgascar can be best appreciated in tourist attractions such as the museum and the Royal Palace, or "Rova". A great way to see the sights is on a tour in Antananarivo and Central Madagascar.
Finding a place to stay in Antananarivo and nearby town of Andasibe for all budgets and tastes is easy. There are many hotels in Antananarivo and Central Madagascar that offer great value for money. Alternatively, if you'd like to select your hotel in Antananarivo or Central Madagascar based upon its location, take a look at our map, and select your Antananarivo hotel from there. And while in Madagascar, why not visit some other fascinating destinations, such as Antsirabe, Nosy Be or Fort Dauphin? Or you could include some other great African places like Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, or South Africa.
Antananarivo means "City of the Thousand", because it has been said that a thousand warriors protected it. In 1895, when the French invaded Madagascar, their history centred around the royal palace or "Rova". Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1886, but regained its independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held, ending 17 years of single-party rule.
Antsirabe is the second biggest city in Central Madagascar, and was established as a spa-town during colonial times. It is currently the agricultural and industrial centre of Madagascar. Fianarantsoa is the city of the Betsileo tribe, and its high climate offers respite from the heat. While its hills make for tiring walking, they offer a very picturesque location. Andasibe offers a gateway to the Andasibe Mantadia National Park, Central Madagascar's largest and most visited.
This Antananarivo & Central Madagascar Hotel Booking Service is locally owned and operated by the team at Evasion Sans Frontière. We know all the best local spots, nicest Antananarivo hotels, best value Antananarivo tours and places off the beaten tourist track. Whatever local Central Madagascar experience you're looking for we at Evasion Sans Frontière are committed to providing for you. We offer accommodation in Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Andasibe and Lake Andraikiba!
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This is a visit to the Lemur's Park, located at 25 km from Antananarivo. Private Park is where we can see lemurs in a forested area by River Katsaoka.[more info]
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Visit of the Upper town of Antananarivo.[more info]
From: EUR 60
Set on the attractive Royal Hill and surrounded by the hills, this hotel is situated in the heart of town in a quiet and sophisticated neighbourhood. Nearby are well-known and high-end restaurants, as well as the Japanese embassy.[more info]
From: EUR 7.50
La Varangue Guesthouse occupies a beautifully renovated traditional house located in the heart of the city. It is near the business centre and a bank, in a quiet location.[more info]
From: EUR 34
A world-class hotel in the centre of Antananarivo, ideal for business or leisure travel. The hotel has a spa, French restaurant and hospitality typical of the Malagasy people.
Like the noble wood where it gets its name, the Palissandre Hôtel & Spa is full of elegance, tenderness and warmth. Situated on a hillside in the heart of the City of Thousands, it opens the doors to conviviality and the famed Malagasy hospitality.
Tonga sao! Welcome to Madagascar!
Meet Tahiry Ramanankasina and the team at ESF, your local connection in Madagascar. We operate from our central office in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo, and take great pride in sharing our country with you. We aim to let you experience the warm hospitality of the people and the unique and endemic flora and fauna of Madagascar. However, we also encourage people to look closely at the social and environmental issues facing our country, to ensure Madagascar is here for their children and grandchildren to enjoy as well.[more]