You can’t visit the Central Highlands without going to Antsirabe, located at 1500m of an altitude. You will recognize it by its numerous colorful rickshaws that line the streets. The city is famous for its textiles, tobacco, and agricultural production, but also famous for its water, renowned throughout the world for its therapeutic properties. It is surrounded by three lakes and a rich vegetation, and you’ll have the opportunity to do many activities with your family and friends.
Antsirabe means “where there is a lot of salt” because its soils and waters and rich in mineral salts. It is located at 1500m high, and there is a renowned spa resort that merges into volcanic landscape. It is called the city of water, because you can lounge in its numerous natural baths that have therapeutic virtues. The city is rich in history and is surrounded by three lakes, the Tritriva, Andranomafana, and Andraikiba. You will feel strong colonial influence through the architecture of the city buildings.
You will equally have the opportunity to visit the various craft workshops where many objects are made from horns of zebus, but also woven from natural fiber. This is an encounter with Malagasy art that is rich in tradition. The volcanic lakes of the region are also a major tourist attraction, containing many ancestral legends and mysteries. Lake Andraikiba is ideal for walking. You’ll find yourself in a peaceful and harmonious environment, where it’s good to come and relax. The region of Antsirabe counts the Ranomafana Park interesting for its rich fauna and flora. You will see a large number of lemurs, amphibians, reptiles and endemic birds there.
Perched at 1880m high, the lake seems asleep and forgotten. Its color is of an opaque green and will make you feel a strange impression. According to the Malagasy legend, a couple of lovers threw themselves from the top of the cliff into the water to punish their parents who didn’t want them to love each other. Today it is a real touristic place.
Antsirabe is a real destination for thermal cures, and many Malagasy people go there to follow fitness treatment. Thermal baths are arranged in Antsirabe but also in Befato. You can visit these thermal baths with a guide who will count the stories and legends of the city waters.
The mountainous region of Antsirabe offers many hiking and trekking routes. You will enjoy incredible views and panoramas. There are large landscapes as far as the eye can see in a setting rich in lush vegetation and endemic wildlife. Last but not least, you’ll also have the opportunity to go canyoning or rafting, golfing, horse riding, or mountain biking in the Antsirabe highlands. It is rich in adventures and promise to leave you with magical memories.
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