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Capital of northern Madagascar and third port of the island after Tamatave and Majunga, Diego-Suarez is a must-see destination to appreciate the beauty of the island. Located 400 km from the Comoros Islands and 1173 km from Antananarivo, Antsiranana is a real gem that requires a long stay to discover all the treasures it contains.
A city with many cultural facets
In Diego there is a special and very pleasant atmosphere with beautiful beaches stretching as far as the eye can see and where beautiful natural sites attract visitors. The bay of Diego, with a circumference of 156 km made the popularity of this destination. This is one of the most beautiful in the world and also one of the largest after Rio. The bay of Diego used to be a haven for pirates who had taken control of this part of the island. The name of the city results from the combination of the names of two European navigators who stopped there around the sixteenth century. The first was Diego Diaz, a Portuguese navigator, followed by Admiral Suarez a few years later. Diego is a city rich in history and whose control succeeded pirates, traders and slave traders over the centuries preceding the colonial period. The city is rather "multicolored" because many cultures rub shoulders there and it owns the most cosmopolitan population of the island.
The beauty of the beaches and bays of Diego-Suarez
All around Diégo stretch very beautiful sandy beaches facing a crystal clear sea. The easiest access, Ramena Beach, is about 20 km east of the city. On this beach, protected by a coral reef, it is possible to practice all water sports. Alongside this, the Emerald Sea is a must in the region. It offers a fascinating panorama and with the transparency and turquoise color of the sea.I think it is in Polynesia.The three bays, namely the Bay of Dunes, the Pigeons and the Sakalava Bay are beautiful wild landscapes. The quad bike or mountain bike tour is very entertaining. The bay of Sakalava is the largest of the three and one can practice water sports there. Between Sakalava Bay and the Pigeons Bay, we dive into a forest of Pachypodiums and xerophilic species. Pigeon Bay owes its name to the innumerable pigeons and quails living in the dense forest that once covered the area. The Bay of Dunes stretches on a superb landscape, ideal place to relax and forget the stress.
Tourist sites of interest
The area contains countless aspects and landscapes to discover including Windsor Castle, 391 m high rock that served as an observation post occupied by local soldiers. This site offers a landscape of great beauty and the trail leads to the Bay of Courier where is a beautiful beach, an ideal place for relaxation. This bay is at the meeting of two small fishing villages: Ampasindava and Ilomotro. In addition to the fact that the region is home to the massive Tsaratanana massif of 2874 m, one of the highest on the island, the "Montagne des Français" is also an interesting natural site to visit. It culminates at an altitude of 426 meters and offers a magnificent climbing route of about one hour, during which you can admire baobabs, aloes, various birds and lizards. At the top, the panorama opens on the bay of Antsiranana. The Montagne des Français is 10 minutes from Diego by taxi and the best season to go there is from June to November. The visit of Amber Mountain National Park is to be scheduled if you are staying in Diego. The park, consisting mainly of a dense rainforest, is 35 km to the southwest