Jijel Tourist Places, Algeria, North Africa
Jijel is a coastal town situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the Jijel Province of Algeria, around 320 kilometers east of the national capital, Algiers. Jijel is a tourist favorite town, attracting a large group of tourists during summer months for its fine sand beaches, Phoenician tombs and eye-catching landscapes. Jijel is a noted as a trade center, specialized in steelmaking and cork processing and also known for fishing.
Jijel is home to a university, named The Jijel University and mosques, a hospital, many hotels and restaurants. Jijel geographically coordinates with 36°49′ N latitude and 05°46′ E longitude.
History of Jijel:
According to the prehistoric evidences found in the area, Jijel was originally settled by Berbers tribes, mainly the Kutama. Originally identified as a Phoenician trading post, as like other cities and towns of Algeria, Jijel also continually changed the hands of the Romans, the Vandals, the Arabs, the Ottomans and finally the French until Algeria gained emancipation from France in 1962.
Connectivity to Jijel:
Jijel Ferhat Abbas Airport is the airport serving Jijel with scheduled flights from and to Algiers and Paris, service is provided by Air Algérie and Air Méditerranée respectively.
There are taxis generally available at the airport and also one can use pre-booked private transfer for comfort and convenient airport travel. The airport is situated 15 kilometers away from the midpoint of Jijel.
By bus, Jijel has a good connectivity to all the major cities and towns in the northern Algerian.
Shopping and Food in Jijel:
Being a beach town, Jijel houses many modernized restaurants and cafes of most are located on the beach line of the town.
Carpets and handmade clothes are purchasable in Jijel and also all the major shops in town accept credit cards for visitors’ convenience.
Things to do in Jijel:
- Beach exploration
What to see in Jijel?
Beaches in Jijel:
Beaches are the highlights of Jijel with white sandy beaches offering opportunities of different water sport activities including swimming. Also, there are many restaurants and cafes lined up on the beach.
Taza National Park:
Situated around 30 kilometers away from Jijel, the Taza National Park is biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO. Its features include the caves with archeological importance, sand beaches, cliffs and grottoes. Established in 1985, the park is especially noted for the endangered monkey species, Barbary Macaque. The park has a total area of 3,807 square kilometers
The Jijel University:
The Jijel University is the main educational as well as the cultural center of Jijel known for providing quality education and organizing regular cultural events showcasing the city’s culture.
Port of Jijel:
The port of Jijel is located at Djen Djen, located around 7 miles away from the town of Jijel. It can be reached by rental vehicles like sooty or car from the town center.
Mosques of Jijel:
Holding a greater majority of the Muslim population, Jijel has been home to many historical as well as recently built beautiful mosques.
List of the other tourist attractions in Jijel includes:
- El Kala National Park
- Beaches in Annaba
- The Bone War Cemetery
- Church of Saint-Augustine of Hippo
- Eddoug National Park
- Amusement Park in Les Allemends in Annba
When to visit in Jijel?
Throughout the year is best, especially during the summer months between May and September is best to visit Jijel to explore beaches.
Where to stay in Jijel?
As like the rest of Algeria, Jijel houses limited number of modernized hotels, so it is advised for visitors to book hotels well in advance prior to reaching the city through online. Here are some hotels in and around Jijel:
- Residence Ets Khenifra
- Le Cristal Hotel
- Hotel Belle Vue
- Novotel Constantine
- Ibis Constantine
- Hotel Hocine
- Hotel Es-Salem
- Arc En Ciel
- Panoramic Hotel