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The island of plenty! This string of islands deserves its reputation for tourism of excellence: the often-deserted beaches of white sand, coral reefs teeming with life, unique fauna and flora are all on offer.
Its Saharan landscapes are of an extreme beauty. The Oualata Oasis is renowned for its clay architecture, decorated with abstract frescoes and its long, deserted beaches are equally loved, especially by fishermen.
At the crossroads of Africa and Asia, not altogether African, not quite Asian, a country at the end of the world for some, strange island revelling in its strangeness to others, Madagascar is a country to be discovered.
Half a century ago, on 2 October 1958, Guinea acquired its independence after having been the only Francophone African country to have refused General de Gaulle's referendum, which proposed the integration of France's colonies into a French Community.