Algiers Travel Guide

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Algiers is quite an attractive city. The old town, known as the Casbah, is a maze of pretty small alleys and whitewashed houses.

There are quite a few nice boulevards dating back from the days of the French, who come in Algiers in 1830 and stayed for 130 years.

For a great view of the city and its bay drive up to the Couvent d’Afrique. The lookout is high on a hill and the view from there is exceptional.

Daytrips from Algiers include Chrea (where you might be able to ski), Chiffa Gorge the towns of Tipasa, Djemila and Timgad and the ruins at Tenes and Cherchell.

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This Algiers Travel Guide will help you plan out your holiday in Algiers, Algeria’s capital and largest city. Algiers is situated along the western coast of Mediterranean Sea, and it has the perfect combination of ancient and urban living.

Getting In and Around

You can get to Algiers by air or land. Algiers is served by the Houari Boumedienne International Airport, which is Algeria’s key international entry point. Several major air carriers operate regular flights to Algiers. You can also take a ferry boat ride to Algiers from Naples, Marseilles, Palermo and Nice. Regular ferry boat services in Algiers are mostly operated by Ferries Algiers. If you are on a budget and are okay with longer and slower means of transportation, you can either ride the bus routed to La Gare Routiere and/or a regular train ride to Algiers Central Train Station. If you have a car, you can reach Algiers from any city in Algeria.

Accommodations

There are hotels in Algiers that offer deluxe accommodation. You might want to try the Algiers Hilton, Sofitel Alger and Sheraton Club Des Pins Resort if you are looking for quality, secure accommodation. The Sheraton is the only hotel in Algiers that is located along the beachfront. 

Attractions

You will be amazed by the beautiful ancient architectures in Algiers. The Notre Dame d’Afrique and Casbah are two places you must visit. There are also museums showcasing the city’s culture, art and traditions. Must-visit museums are the National Museum of Bardot, the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, the Museum of Antiquities, and Le Grande Poste.

Eating Out

While in Algiers, you should make a point to try Algerian cuisine. Grilled, skewered foods called "brochettes" are one of the most popular dishes in Algiers. You might also want to try the popular “white kidney” brochettes. Le Sindibad, La Colomba, El Mordjane, Flunch and Mc Kiki are some of the restaurants that serve great Algerian food.

Shopping

Of course, you don’t want to go home empty-handed. Shopping along Algiers’s shopping zone is definitely a must. If you want indoor shopping, Ryad El Feth is one of the best destinations. Here you can find branded goods, souvenirs and more. For more affordable and traditional shopping, the streets are the best places to go. The flea market situated near El Jidid mosque has almost “everything under the sun,” from locally made crafts to traditional dresses. You name it, the flea market has it.

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