At the heart of the intoxicating scents of vanilla, Antalaha is located on the north-east coast of Madagascar, in the province of Antsiranana (Diégo-Suarez). Central point of collection of this pod, nicknamed the green gold of Madagascar, Antalaha has recently developed its hotel infrastructure and can now accommodate visitors who want the region.
Vanilla and traditional boats
Antalaha was once dubbed "the vanilla capital of the world", and still today, two-thirds of the country's production is exported there. This famous green pod represents a considerable source of income for the region. The planters of Antalaha will be delighted to introduce you to this culture and their know-how passed down from generation to generation. It will also be an opportunity to make contact with a warm and smiling population. The presence of a French Alliance allowed a sizeable segment of the population to speak French correctly, thus breaking the language barrier between locals and visitors.
Antalaha's reputation for vanilla has made Antalya famous for the traditional boats that are built and repaired here. Inspired by Arab dhow, these boats are almost entirely made of wood. From the hill overlooking Antalaha, where the meteorological station is located, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city and see the boats coming in and out of the harbor.
Ballads around Antalaha
The city offers direct access to the seaside, dominated by coconut palms. Stroll nonchalantly is the assurance of disconnecting from the worries of everyday life. Here, no bottling, and we are really in the land of moramora (let's go slowly). You can also admire many villas; some have retained their colonial stamp.
Less than 50 km north-east of the city of Antalaha, Cape East is a destination of beauty. You'll find everything from coral reefs, mangroves, rainforests for adventurers and of course beaches for sun worshipers and idlers.
In the city, you can recharge your batteries by visiting the big market, real place of life of the local population where you can also find handicrafts. And what better than to spend an evening in front of a dish made of seafood and coconut before lounging in a picturesque bungalow.
Also note that Antalaha is also THE ideal starting point for Masoala National Park, one of the largest reserves of the biosphere of Madagascar. Before starting the journey, we strongly advise you to call on the services of a guide; the park is inaccessible by car.