Antsirabe is located not far from the Malagasy capital, at an altitude of more than 1,400 meters: we have to say that during the austral winter, it is cold for Madagascar. This ancient spa town has kept its quaint colonial style. Antsirabe is peaceful and calm, perhaps a little sleepy. You can go on lovely mountain bike or horse rides in the Vakinankatatra. In addition, the city has thousands of beautifully decorated rickshaws. Great for hikers, Lac Tritriva and Mt Ibity are great destinations.
These famous "Zafimaniry", 25,000 in number, are said to be "Betsileos" who had taken refuge in the highlands of the East due to the military conscription of Queen Ranavola 1st. There, they would have learned to master the art of woodworking. The magnificent Zafimaniry villages will most certainly be classified by Unesco.
Sahambavy is particularly known for its tea plantations which extend over more than 300 hectares. It is very interesting to visit the tea factory.
Manakara is the largest city on the southeast coast. It is connected to Fianarantsoa by the famous FCE train line which therefore brings many tourists. Capital of the Antemoro region, Manakara is restful and it very pleasant. Take a stroll in the Manakara Be district, located along the lagoon. It's a great place to visit the famous Canal des Pangalanes.
Ranomafana is a small village lost in the mountains, hidden at the bottom of a large deep valley and immersed in the dense forest of the East. It would never have left anonymity if its natural hot spring had not revealed it towards the end of the 19th century. Today is arguably the most the entry town of the most known National Park of Madagascar.
In the center of the island slightly south, between the valleys and the green mountains of the Betsileo region we find Fianarantsoa. Its 150,000 inhabitants make it a real city, capital of the region, known for its many churches and its university. This is where there are many intellectuals who give the city an interesting cultural aspect. The highest point of the city is a must visit and it is considered the best preserved town of Madagascar.
Ambalavao is a charming town with several very beautiful betsileo style buildings. It is the hub of the zebu trade in the region. The cattle that pass through the city every day create a pleasant animation. The Ambalavao region is known for its land of wine, wild silk and chewing tobacco. From here we can visit the National Park of Andringitra.
The Tsaronoro valley offers splendid landscapes, dominated by granitic mountains. At an altitude of 850 meters, you can discover the pretty village of Morarano, with its adobe houses in glowing colors. The Tsaranoro massif, starting from Fianarantsoa, is the ideal place to learn or improve in climbing. Tsaranoro is distinguished by the beauty of its majestic landscape dominated by a cliff 800 meters high. This natural setting lends itself to hiking and discovery. The scattered villages still live at the ancestral pace of rice cultivation. An authentic and sporty stop!
The village of Ranohira is located in the Isalo massif. This is the starting point for exploring Madagascan Colorado. Ranohira is just a small town with little interest.