Diego Suarez, peuple et culture

Diego Suarez, a city full of history

The city’s name presumably finds its origin into the bay’s discovery by two Portuguese sailors, Diego Dias in 1500 and Fernan Soares, a few years later. The bay is the world’s 2nd largest one, after Rio’s with a 156 km circumference. The city took back its Malagasy name Antsiranana which means “where the port is situated”, in 1970.
France took advantage of the city as naval base for the Indian ocean until 1973. Today, it is the Antekarana people’s capital where 250 000 people live.


Salegy, one of Madagascar’ main type of music

This modern dance is very popular. It is primarly associated to the North region of Madagascar and it’s accompanied by a music bearing the same name. Salegy is a dance symbolizing partying. Dancers move alongside with a very lively music rythm which is even a national style of music. These dances are largely influenced by the Malagasy culture and are usually used as opening during parties. Allow yourself to try this local custom !

Diego Suarez, peuple et culture

Diego Suarez, peuple et culture

Gastronomy : traditionnal meals

There are a lot of restaurants throughout the city that offer all types of cuisine.
Gastronomes will be delighted as they will be able to taste seafood as well as zebu meat and various tropical fruits. Alongside french restaurants, you will also find luxurious or cheap malagasy restaurants that serve local traditional specialities such as Romazava (litterally the clear broth), Ravitoto (made with crushed manioc leaves), “brèdes mafana”, coconut rice and such.

Historical patrimony of Diego Suarez’ Bay

Thaks to its rich patrimony, Diego Suarez will ofer ou hundreds ways to discover 100 years of history : walking, biking, with quad, or on a guided tour. Discover these historical riches with ther architectural colonial buildings as well as unique places such as the Joffre Place, with its eponym statue. Marshal Joffre has contributed to the extension of the lower town to the military district which is still observable nowadays. You will have the opportunity to see many other heritage sites such as the Residence which was the artwork of the first governor of Diego (Ernest Froger), the marine hostel, the sugar bread, the dordogne, and also many other remains of a city full of stories to tell.

Diego Suarez, peuple et culture