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(Tana) is the capital of Madagascar.

Situated on the high plateau in the centre of the country, the city is spread across a collection of hills, punctuated by a number of lakes. The old town is filled with impressive colonial architecture and is pleasantly sedate compared with the bustling lower town and surrounding suburbs.

The city includes a few points of interest, including various small museums, local markets and eateries.

One of the biggest downsides about travelling in Madagascar is that the internal flights are so unreliable that you have to include a night in Antananarivo every time you pass through, which means you can easily find yourself needing 2, 3 or even 4 separate nights here. The airport is around 12km northwest of the city centre and the traffic in between can be a nightmare, the journey often taking between one and two hours.

If you are simply wanting a convenient overnight then it can be easier to stay out by the airport, in which case Le Relais des Plateaux is the best option, if rather bland.

If you specifically want to come into the centre of town, then there are some interesting small guest-house options including Lokanga Boutique Hotel, Maison Gallieni and Pavillion de l'Emyrne, in which case it might be worth staying at least two nights in order to make the journey in and out of town worthwhile.
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