Diego is not the most scenic city in the region but it is very central – almost equidistant from beaches and national parks. Established by the French as a naval base in the late 19th century, it remained active until 1973. Nowadays, Antsiranana is a provincial capital and northern Madagascar’s main town due to its important and well-known port.
Stroll through its wide streets, take in the sights of colonial buildings and enjoy the sleepy atmosphere. As a popular port of call for cruise ships – on busy days the restaurants and bars fill up quickly and there’s a buzz in usually quiet town.
If you are looking for a Madagascar vacation that is slightly different and yet offers great options – like bustling markets, a large port, local traditions and amazing sights – then Diego Suarez is perfect for you.