Top things to do in Antsiranana Region

Top Choice Madagascan in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

La Bodega

The name suggests Spanish influence, but owner Cyrille is from France and the colourful restaurant is in Madagascar, so it’s hardly surprising the menu is a mix of all three nationalities. We loved the tapas à la Ma…
Landmark in Antsiranana Region

Tsingy Rouges

About 65km southeast of Diego lies one of Madagascar’s most awesome natural wonders, the Tsingy Rouges. These scraggly pinnacles, erosion’s work of art, are made of laterite, an iron oxide–rich soil with an intense …
National Park in Antsiranana Region

Parc National Montagne d’Ambre

This wonderful national park is literally a breath of fresh air from the arid northern plains: at 1000m, it is generally 10°C cooler than in Diego or Ankarana, even more in winter, and its luxuriant forests could no…
National Park in Antsiranana Region

Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Réserve Spéciale Ankarana is a striking and undeveloped fantasy-land, home to uniquely Madagascan sights: psychedelic fields of spiky tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) next to dry forests. Running through and u…
Seafood in Ramena

Le 5 Trop Près

Ramena is a fishing village so it’s hardly surprising that seafood is plentiful. Right on the beach at Le 5 Trop Près (pronounced like St Tropez, a wink to the glitzy French Riviera town), it comes in many guises an…
Madagascan in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

La Terrasse du Voyageur

The 4th-floor restaurant at hotel La Terrasse du Voyageur has sweeping views of Diego. It’s a cosy and convivial space, with a TV lounge, library and bar. The set taster menu of Madagascan dishes is good value: port…
French in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

Le Melville

Right by the sea, with a fabulous patio that’s particularly alluring at sunset, the atmosphere at Melville is romantic and sophisticated without being stuffy. The food is delicious, featuring zebu and seafood: fish-…
Cave in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Grotte des Chauves-Souris

The easiest way to see the surreal tsingy of the Réserve Spéciale Ankarana is to do the two- to three-hour Grotte des Chauves-Souris circuit. This impressive cave has superb stalactites and stalagmites, and thousand…
Italian in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

La Rosticceria

This Italian restaurant has a good selection of risottos, gnocchi, lasagne and fresh-made pasta with pesto, cream, meat or seafood sauce. The restaurant decor follows a nautical theme, with intricately carved wooden…
Bakery in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

Pâtisserie Le Grand Hôtel

This excellent bakery doubles up as a cafe that’s popular with tourists. It’s a great choice for an economical and light breakfast, or a cheap lunch of salad or a sandwich. There are some lovely pastries too, which …