“The red island” full of natural treasures. It is sometimes called the red island (on the color of the earth) or the eighth continent (due to the variety of landscapes and climates, richness of plants and animals). Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, situated off the eastern coast of Africa, waiting to be discovered by tourists.
To this day, only a few visitors come here, although many corners are as beautiful as the world famous islands - Mauritius or the Seychelles. Along the western shores there are wide sandy beaches by the turquoise sea.
The barrier of coral reefs protects against high tide (and sharks), and amazing views await diving enthusiasts – schools of fabulously colored fish, starfish, Anemones and sea snails with unusual shells. In the west of the island, sunny weather prevails almost all the time – a nuisance for farmers struggling with drought, but also an attraction for tourists. The islets of Nosy Be and the Mahajanga region are considered to be the best bathing areas in this area.
The landscape of the east coast is different. Annual rainfall here is six times greater than in our country, because rain clouds coming from the ocean meet the barrier of the reaching mountains 2600 m. Evergreen tropical rainforests grow there over vast areas. They hide plants and animals, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The palms themselves are here 120 species. Orchids dazzle with colors, and the ferns are surprisingly large. Rainforests are the mainstay of lemurs – monkey, which do not occur outside Madagascar. The large eyes of nocturnal lemurs and their peculiar appearance arouse superstition among the inhabitants of mountain villages. There are also many species of chameleons. The largest ones are seventy centimeters in length. They can quickly change body color – usually they are different shades of green, but they may turn orange. The art of camouflage makes it easier for them to hunt insects. The richness of mountain nature is admired in the Isalo National Park, famous for its unusual rock formations.
In the capital of the country – Antananarywie – preserved monuments from the era of the independent kingdom of Merina (royal palaces) and buildings from the colonial era.