Also known as the ‘Havana’ of Madagascar, this historic port city goes by two names; Diego Suarez and Antsiranana. Let your taste buds explore the city’s abundance of mangoes, lychees, seafood and rum while you take in the breathtaking view of the bays that surround the city. There are multiple activities to keep you busy all day like attending craft workshops or visiting the old market and in the evenings, enjoy a drink at a local terrace bar as you take in the sights of this coastal city.
A piece of history
The city derives its name from two Portuguese men, Diego and Suarez, an explorer and a sailor, who found themselves on this untouched Bay in the 16th century.
Historically, the city has been an important base of operations for both the French and British colonial powers. The port is one of the deepest ones in the Indian Ocean, making it a strategic military location where the French Navy has had an obvious influence on the city’s architecture. The port is surrounded by hills, one of which is said to resemble the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
Unforgettable day trips
The city is not just full of unique charm, but several activities to keep you busy. Only 20 kilometres away is the most popular beach in Diego Suarez, Ramena Beach. Take part in an all-day excursion to different uninhabited beaches and snorkelling sites or enjoy a hike in the green and tropical ‘French Mountains’.