Analakely Market, Antananarivo, Madagascar


Often overlooked as a place to endure for a night at the start or end of your Madagascar holiday, there is so much more to the capital (known locally as Tana) than just as a stopover city.

Literally translated as “City of a Thousand” in reference to the king’s 1,000 Merina warriors used to protect it, the city resembles a chaotic Mediterranean hill town, built on hillsides rich in jacaranda, running down to the rice paddies that surround it.

Antananarivo landscape music tour
Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Split into two regions (upper and lower towns) the city is full of bustling streets, many of which are interspersed with hundreds of ancient stone steps leading to fascinating historical and architectural sites, and market stalls selling every kind of goods imaginable.

Travel in Madagascar may mean that you may have to spend a few nights in Tana during your trip, so make the most of the fascinating Merina tombs nearby and the World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga – off-limits for many years to Europeans.


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Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo Markets

Explore avenues and alleyways, taking you through markets, museums and daily life.

Buildings on a hillside in the city of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Explore Antananarivo

Explore this hill city of coloured houses surrounded by rice paddies.

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Merina Culture

Experience the rich culture of the Merina people – the dominant tribe in this area.

Antananarivo landscape music tour

Antananarivo Music Tour

Take an urban Malagasy music tour around Antananarivo.

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