Algiers Tourist Attractions, Algeria, Africa
Algiers is the capital as well as the largest city of the African country, Algeria, situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the north-central part of Algeria, sprawling over an area of 363 square kilometers and popularly called as El-Behdja or Alger la Blanche, meaning Algiers the White, indicating the lines of gleaming white buildings in the city.
Algiers is famous for its striking beaches, holding a strong and long historical background and renowned for its historical structures, especially for iconic mosques and churches. The geographical coordinates of Algiers are 36°46′N 3°13′E while its highest elevation measures 424 meters.
History of Algiers:
Algiers is a modified form of the Arabic word ‘al-Jazā’ir’ which means “The Islands”. The real history of Algiers begins with its foundation, was established by Bologhine Ibn Ziri in the year 944 who was also the founder of the dynasty of Berber Zirid–Sanhaja. Algiers also came under the Ottomans rule along with the rest of Algeria and under French in 1830 until Algeria become an independent country from the French forces in 1962.
How to reach Algiers?
Algiers hosts an international airport, located around 20 kilometers southeast of the downtown Algiers. The airport covers many destinations like Geneva, Istanbul, Beijing, New York, Montreal, Paris, Toulouse, Lille, Dubai and Frankfurt.
Airport taxis generally do not take more than 50 minutes and costs 1000 dinars or 10 euro to get to city center. Bus is inexpensive for airport travel, only 25 dinars.
Metro train is an additional option to get around Algiers along with the common modes like buses, taxis and rental cars.
Culture, Shopping and Food in Algiers:
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers is one of the important cultural centers of Algiers exhibiting the works of many renowned artists born in Algiers. Algiers is also the sports capital of Algeria.
Restaurants and shops are plenty, spread up all around Algiers with tourist favor facilities including accepting credit cards and arrangement of the vehicle.
Things to do in Algiers:
- Visiting spa
- City tours
Tourist places in and around Algiers:
National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers:
The museum showcases the rich culture of Algeria, especially fine arts, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers is situated in the heart of Algiers, surrounded by full of eye-catching greenery.
Casbah of Algiers:
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Casbah of Algiers is a historic part of the city packed with full of landmark structures, including the El Djedid Mosque and Great Mosque of Algiers. It can be explored best by taking a guided tour.
Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography:
Founded in 1920s, the Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography describes the complete prehistory and history of Algeria with well preserved artifacts. The museum is housed in a white colored building.
Memorializing the Algerian war for independence, the Maqam Echahid is a landmark monument structure featuring the shape of three erecting palm leaves. It was inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of the Independence of Algeria in 1982. It is located at Chemin Omar Kechkar in Algiers.
Great Mosque of Algiers:
Situated near the harbor of Algiers at Boulevard Amilcar Cabral of Algiers, the Great Mosque of Algiers is an iconic historic mosque dating back to 1097. It holds a dignity of the second oldest mosque of Algeria following Sidi Okba Mosque in Biskra.
A list of the other attractive places in Algiers includes:
- Notre Dame d’Afrique
- Le Jardin d’Essai du Hamma
- Kasbah of Algiers
- La Grande Poste d’Alger
- Jamaa El Kebir
- La Rue Didouche Mourad
- Le Port de Sidi Fredj
- Jamaa El Jedid
- Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur
- Tombeau de la chretienne
- Villa Abd-el-Tif
- Kiffan Club
- Bordj Tamentfoust
- Musee de l’Armee
- Ketchaoua Mosque
Ideal time to visit Algiers:
Algiers features Mediterranean climate and between April and October is the most popular and best time to visit Algiers.
Where to stay in Algiers?
Being the capital of Algeria, Algiers provides numerous star rated hotels with superior facilities and services to provide unforgettable hospitality services to tourists visiting the city year round. The prominent hotels in Algiers in Algeria are as follows:
- Palace Appart Hotel
- Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden
- Hotel Suisse
- Safir Hotel Alger
- Hotel Grand Adghir
- Hotel ABC
- Amsterdam Hotel
- Hotel Dar El Ikram
- Hotel Hammamet Alger
- Roza Hotel
- Hotel Sofiane
- Albert Hotel
- Grand Hotel Regina
- El Marsa Hotel