This heavily French influenced place is a bustling city where the attitude is classic highland Madagascar. Being the largest city in the north the visitors love the colonial feel. The cosy market alone is something to visit multiple times to view the large range of fine restaurants, national parks, and recreational areas. The amazing weather that Antsirabe has led Norwegian missionaries to build a health retreat in the late 1800s. Located in a rural desert this urban oasis in a is an almost perfect where the fresh air, cool climate (nights can be freezing) and therapeutic springs. Antsirabe became a chic spa getaway for wealthy colonists when the French came, wanting to escape Antananarivo’s hustle. The numerous artisan workshops create quality handicrafts details show in their work even if it is the smallest metal bicycle it’s brilliant.