Once you’ve seen the picturesque beaches and endless stretches of coastline in Algeria, it will become difficult to drag yourself away from the warm sun, fascinating coastal wildlife and the salty smell that drifts off the lapping waves. Algeria has a great variety of beaches to explore, each with their own distinctive features and attractions.
Explore the Desert
Algeria’s big draw is its extraordinary Saharan region with its giant sand dunes. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world and forms most of the Algerian territory. Whether it’s a glimpse of the sand seas that surround Timimoun, or the burnt-red mountains of the far south, these are the desert landscapes of legend.
Algeria is known to have some of the best archaeological sites and Roman ruins in North Africa. Many of these have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites and Djemila in particular, is one of the most impressive historical sites in Algeria, with its beautifully preserved ruins and breath-taking monuments of Roman architecture.
Top Places to Visit
Bright city by excellence, bettter known as “Algiers the white”. Algiers bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, and has one of the biggest ports in Africa. It can be visited in two distinct areas: the modern and the older part. Among its highlights, we can find: The Kasbah (classified in the World Heritage of UNESCO), the Palaces of Dar Aziza and Jenina, The Jardin d’Essai (the largest botanical garden in Africa), The Basilica of Algiers: Our Lady of Africa, The National Museum of Fine Arts. And many other picturesque monuments.
Known as the city of suspension bridges and taking its name from the Emperor Constantine I who had it built in the 4th century, Constantine is the capital of the eastern region of the country. The city is also the cradle of the Arab-Andalusian music called Malouf. Tourists can visit the Kasbah, the Emir Abd-El-Kader Mosque, the Monument of the Dead or the Natural Arch of Constantine. Other sites such as the Bridge of El-Kantara, the National Museum Cirta, the Palace of the Bey or the Gustave Mercier Museum will also attract visitors.
Tipaza is an open-air museum. A scenic coastal city located only 70km from Algiers. Its landscape with Hellenic charm is reminiscent of Greece and Sicily. Tipaza was a Roman city in the Roman province of Caesarian Mauritania. It has many remains of the ancient Punic and Roman city, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. With its archaeological treasures and varied landscapes, it is a tourist city between the sea and the mountains.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, the site of Timgad will delight all history lovers. Timgad, a city in the northeast of Algeria, is home to this ancient Roman city of great archaeological importance that was originally intended to serve as a post against the Berbers of the Aures. Built with its baths, its temples, its forum as well as its amphitheater, the city is considered as the last Roman colony in Africa.
The site of Djemila is located 50 km northeast of the city of Setif. Djemila (from Arabic: جميلة, “The Beautiful”) is an ancient city that houses the remains of the ancient Cuicul, a Roman city, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Djémila provides an exceptional testimony of a disappeared civilization. It is one of the most beautiful sites of Roman ruins in the world. The archaeological remains, the well-integrated Roman urban planning and the environmental framework come harmoniously together.
Tassili of the Hoggar
To the east of Tamanrasset rises at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters an eroded plateau of 250 kilometers in diameter composed of lava flows, the Atakor of Hoggar. According to specialists, the Hoggar mountains are more than 2 million years old. Its highest peak, Mount Tahat, reaches 3,003 meters. The most visited and best known place of the site is called Assekrem, residence of Father Charles de Foucauld during the summer of 1905.