Tulear is impressive for its’ seabed, its’ biodiversity but also its’ singular culture and will surely amaze by its’ history. Its’ welcoming people will show you the city and accompany you into discovering their traditions and know-hows.
A cultural city
Tulear’s cultural heritage is pretty rich. There are 3 museums : the museum of the Sea, the museum of arts and traditions from the South and the regional museum of Toliara’s university. You will find there important aspects of Tulear’s culture which are craftsmanship, funeral arts and also an exceptional ethnological collection. Antsokay’s arboretum is a site not miss as well, which was founded in 1980 by a Swiss amateur botanist. He created the arboretum in order to protect Tulear’s fauna and flora. The arboretum indeed includes more 920 vegetal species as well as lemurs, tortoises, snakes and chameleons.
You will also enjoy the shell market which is improvised on the sea front. You will find there shells as well as various handcrafted products.
Tulear is the place where rock salt is hand made by craftsmen and its’ market is mainly local. 1 kg of rock salt is 5 times more expensive that sea salt. According to doctors, rock salt does not easily mix with food and has healing properties which improve the immune system. Our body can really benefit from rock salt because because it treats high blood pressure, infections such as allergies, asthma and cold.
An history rich city
In the Great South, local ethnicities, especially the Mahafaly and the Antandroy are really committed to the cult of the ancestors. Their relationship with the afterlife is really strong, therefore life is driven around the cult of the dead and the ancestors.
The Vez’tival is a must in terms of celebration, during which Malagasy art and culture are in the spotlight. This festival is very colorful and offers various activities for you to enjoy as well as the opportunity the culture through a festive atmosphere! During two weeks, you will enjoy a lovely time with the local people.
Malagasy is of course the most used language but many ethnicities from the South find themselves in Tulear. Thus, you will hear different dialects spoken by many ethnicities such as the Vezo, the Antanosy or the Sakalava.