Located in south central Madagascar, the royal 19th-century city of Fianarantsoa has grown over the years to become Madagascar’s cultural and intellectual hub. Serving as Madagascar’s third largest city, Fianarantsoa is home to numerous schools and academic establishments, impressive colonial architecture, and more churches per square metre than any other city in the country. A popular attraction is the old historic centre of Anatirova, where tourists can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Fianarantsoa is also located in the country’s richest wine-producing region, making wine tours and tastings a popular pastime. Visitors can also enjoy browsing the local market and exploring Haute-Ville, with its cobbled streets and great views.