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Visiting the Old City of Algiers

 

 

Visiting the Old City of Algiers View large version The African city of Algiers holds many great attractions for visitors, and the old town of Casbah is the most important of them all. People love coming here to take a walk on the maze of streets and see the quaint white houses lined up on the sides of the roads. The French influences are still pretty strong, since French ruling was here for more than one hundred years. When you travel to Algiers, visit the Couvent d’Afrique where you will have a very beautiful view of the surroundings.

There are many tours organized around Algiers. If you want to visit certain areas you can embark on daytrips to places like Chrea, where there are some nice skiing slopes, Chiffa Gorge or the ruins at Cherchell and Tenes.

Algiers can be reached by plane or car. An international airport serves the city, and flights from important destinations come through here. From the Mediterranean coast, you can take the ferry to get you to Algiers. Once you land on the African continent, you can get to the city by bus or car.

If you are searching for a place to stay in Algiers, you will find deluxe accommodations, such as the Sofitel, the Hilton and the Sheraton. If you are traveling on a budget there are other hotels to choose from. If you want to stay on the beachfront, stay at the Sheraton as this is the only hotel located there.

Algiers is renowned for some very interesting attractions. Casbah, the old city, is one of them; the other is Notre Dame d’Afrique. To learn more about the history of the city and the country, visit the local museums, which are very popular among tourists and visitors. The Museum of Antiquities and the National Museum of Bardot are two museums you should visit.

Algerian cuisine is famous for its incredible taste so you'll have to try some of their most renowned dishes. Great food is served in restaurants such as La Colomba, Flunch, Le Sindibad, and the best specialties served here are brochettes, those made with kidney being the most exquisite.

Don’t forget to engage in a little bit of shopping before leaving Algiers. The shopping area is very popular among travelers. Indoor shopping is at its best at Ryad El Feth, where you can shop for souvenirs and many other items. Traditional shopping is carried on directly on the streets, and one place you'll definitely want to go to is the flea market. This is located next to El Jidid mosque and there is almost nothing you cannot find here, from traditional dresses to handcrafted items made by local artists. On your trip to Algiers, don’t forget about the flea market!

 



 

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