Taolanaro: Fort Dauphin’s ‘Place of Dreams'
Known locally as Taolanaro, or the ‘Place of Dreams’, Madagascar’s Fort Dauphin lies on a narrow peninsula on the southeastern edge of the island. Flanked by white beaches, blue bays and romantic, rusting shipwrecks, the gentle decay of this charming town makes it an atmospheric must-see on your Madagascan holiday.
Perhaps best known for its colonial history, Fort Dauphin was founded by the French East India Company in 1643, when it was settled by around a hundred colonists. Unfortunately, poor trade, tropical illness and conflict with the local Antanosy people lead to their evacuation in 1674. Its chequered past behind it, Fort Dauphin was incorporated into the united French colony of Madagascar in the 19th century.
Fort Dauphin enjoys one of the sunniest and least humid climates on Madagascar’s east coast. With its refreshing breezes it is ideal for hikes along the peninsula to take in the stunning panoramic views. An ideal stopover during your tailor-made holiday with A&K.