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Top 15 cities of Algeria - Best travel and holiday destinations

Top 15 cities of Algeria - Best travel and holiday destinations

Updated 25 Mar, 2020

Algeria is a country in North Africa with a Mediterranean coastline with more than four fifth of the land covered with Sahara desert. Algeria is well known for its diverse landscapes and extremely rich history and cultural legacy. Algeria is the 10th largest country in the world and largest in Africa that is a major tourist spot in Africa.

Read ahead to know more about the best destinations and top cities to visit in Algeria.

Algiers, most developed city in Algeria

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Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria located in the province of Algiers in the northern part of the country.

Top things to do in Algiers –

  • Take a stroll through the city's white washed buildings.
  • Get awe inspired with the dramatic views of Notre Dame d’Afrique.
  • Wander the Martyr' Memorial, Algiers, a gracious monument honoring independence.
  • Feel grand at the cathedral of Sacre Cœur D’Alger.
  • Explore a vast collection of fine arts in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers.
  • Complete your trip by visiting the bay area of the city.

The popular food to try in Algiers consists of Hariri, Chakchouka, Couscous, Makroudh and Mekchoi.

Best time to visit Algiers – the months of April, May, June, September and October are best to visit the city of Algiers.

How to reach Algiers– you can book a flight to Houari Boumediene Airport to get access to the city.

Constantine, cultural capital of Algeria

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Constantine or Kasantina or Qacentina is a city in Algeria located in the province of Constantine, known as the capital of Arab culture.

Top things to do in Constantine –

  • Pass the Sidi M’Cid Bridge spanning in this ancient city.
  • Know about the grand architecture and history of Emir Abdelkader Mosque.
  • Hop its landmarks like Ahmed Bey Palace, Constantine Statue De Notre Dame De La Paix and Grand Mosque of Constantine.
  • Get lost at the Sidi Rached Viaduct on top of a diamond shaped plateau.

The popular food to try in Constantine includes Couscous, Baklava, Chewa, local pizzas, chakchouka, Trida and

Best time to visit Constantine – the ideal time to visit the city is from April till October.

How to reach Constantine – the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport.

Setif, top shopping destination in Algeria

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Setif is a large city in Algeria located at the province of Setif in the eastern part of the country that is well known as the trade capital of Algeria.

Top things to do in Setif –

  • Visit the best shopping malls and markets of Algeria in Setif.
  • Come around Park Mall Setif Shopping and Entertainment being the best shopping center in the city.
  • Visit the Rais Mall, Centre Commercial Mall, Golden Body Setif, Shopping Center Touati, Sport Zone and Zain Trade.
  • Travel over its many historical museums and landmarks.

The popular food to try in Setif is a mix of Lebanese, Mediterranean and traditional Algerian food.

Best time to visit Setif– the months of May, June, September and October are best to visit the city of Setif.

How to reach Setif– the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to the Ain Arnat Airport.

Jijel, top beach destination in Algeria

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Jijel is a roadstead port city in Algeria that is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea in the Corniche Jijelienne region .

Top things to do in Jijel –

  • Relax at its panoramic beaches and rove to its lighthouse.
  • Get an amazing view of the city from the blue sea and ancient road.
  • Uncover many caves of the town.
  • Amble its marvelous mosques around the town.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Grand Phare.

Best time to visit Jijel– the time from May until November is best for visiting the town of Jijel.

How to reach Jijel– you can book a flight to Jijel Ferhat Abbas Airport to get access to the town.

Oran, Paris of Algeria

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Oran is the second largest city of Algeria located in the northwestern part of the country in the province of Oran. The beautiful coastal city was inspired by France’s Nice. The port city is no doubt referred to as the Paris of Algeria

Top things to do in Oran –

  • Step to the Fort of Santa Cruz on the top of a mountain giving a scenic view of the city and bay.
  • Tour cultural landmarks like Hassan Pasha Mosque, Abdellah Ben Salem Mosque, Ahmed Zabana National Museum, Mosquee Imam El-Houari and Palace of the Bay .
  • Meander at the historical seafront of Oran.
  • Take a round of squares of the city that are home to beautiful gardens.

The popular food to try in Oran is Mediterranean cuisine along with pizzas and other fast food.

Best time to visit Oran– the time from mid March to late June or from late September to late November is best for visiting the city of Oran.

How to reach Oran– the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to Ahmed Ben Bella Airport located around 9 km away from the city centre.

Chrea, top skiing destination in Algeria

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Chrea is a small town in Algeria located in the province of Blida. Algeria is one of the most unorthodox places when coming to skiing. However the town at an elevation of 1450 meter is famous as a ski resort in Algeria.

Top things to do in Chrea-

  • Get rid of that desert vibe of Algeria.
  • Do skiing on its slopes over 1 km of length.
  • Take a ride of its three lifts to make your skiing and snowboarding experience memorable.
  • Find a significant population of Barbari macaques.

Best time to visit Chrea– the ideal time to visit the town for skiing activities is from December to March.

How to reach Chrea– the best time to visit the town is by taking a bus from the city of Algiers located around 70 km away from the town.

Bejaia, top romantic destination in Algeria

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Bejaia is a picturesque Mediterranean port town in Algeria located at the province of Bejaia in the northern part of the country. The city on the gulf of Bejaia is a leading port for the trade of oil.

Top things to do in Bejaia –

  • Adore its beautiful old town with a French architecture.
  • Ramble the many worthy landmarks like Bab El Fouka, Plage Capritour, Fort Musa and Musee Bordj Moussa.
  • Head to the Cap Carbon, a cape where you take a breathtaking view of the sea and the city.
  • Unveil the various islands near the city.

The popular food to try in Bejaia comprises pizza, seafood, French cuisine and steakhouse.

Best time to visit Bejaia– the best time to visit the city is from mid March to early June or from early October to early December.

How to reach Bejaia– the city can be accessed easily by booking a flight to Abane Ramdane Airport.

Ghardaia, top instagrammable place in Algeria

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Ghardaia is a Saharan town in Algeria located at the province of Ghardaia in the northwestern part of the country along the west bank of Wadi Mzab.

Top things to do in Ghardaia –

  • Discover the M’Zab Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ghardaia.
  • Take some alluring photographs while exploring the country.
  • Reach the Palace and the various historical buildings located near the top of the town.
  • Roam around its distinctive white, red and pink houses made out of sand, clay and gypsum that look quite enchanting.

Best time to visit Ghardaia– the time from March until June or from August until November is best for visiting the town.

How to reach Ghardaia– you can book a flight to Noumerat Moufdi Zakaria Airport located around 16 km away from the town to get access to the town.

Annaba, top backpacker friendly destination in Algeria

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Annaba is a large seaport city in Algeria located at the province of Annaba in northeastern part of Algeria near the border of Tunisia.

Top things to do in Annaba –

  • Travel over the Saint Augustine Basilica, a basilica on the top of a hill.
  • Have some marvelous views from the Basilica.
  • Stroll along the sandy beaches of the city .
  • Have fun in its decent resorts and a lighthouse.
  • Tour the Museum of Sidi Brahim and Statue of Greek Goddess Diana.

The popular food to try in Annaba comprises pizzas, Bourek and coffee.

Best time to visit Annaba– the ideal time to visit the city is from late June to early September.

How to reach Annaba– you can book a flight to Rabah Bitat Airport located around 9 km south to the city to reach Annaba.

Batna, historical capital of Algeria

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Batna is the fifth largest city of Algeria located in the Aures region in the province of Batna in northeastern Algeria. Batna is the historic gem of Algeria with its many landmarks.

Top things to do in Batna –

  • Walk on the cozy streets of the city.
  • Head to the Arch of Trajan, an ancient roman architecture and most famous landmark here.
  • Know about Batna’s history at Municipal People’s Assembly and the Martyr’s Square of Batna.
  • Enjoy with family at many entertainment resorts spread across the city.

The popular food to try in Batna includes pizza, chicken, coffee, fish and fast food.

Best time to visit Batna– the ideal time to visit the city is from late June to late August.

How to reach Batna– the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to Mostefa Ben Boulaid Airport located around 26 km away from the city centre.

Tlemcen, most beautiful town in Algeria

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Tlemcen is one of the most historic towns of Algeria located at the province of Tlemcen in the northern part of Algeria, also nicknamed as the ‘ town of cherries' .

Top things to do in Tlemcen –

  • Adore the amazing Moorish buildings of Tlemcen.
  • Visit the intensifying Mechouar Palace with traditional Islamic details.
  • Hop to Sidi Bellahsen Mosque, Sidi Boumediene Mosque, Great Mosque of Tlemcen and Dar – Al – Hadith Mosque.
  • Locate the El – Ourit Waterfalls, a scenic natural waterfall near the nearby mountainous area.

Best time to visit Tlemcen– the months of April, May, June, September, October and November are best to visit the town.

How to reach Tlemcen– the town can be reached easily by booking a flight to Messali Hadj Airport located around 17 km away from the town.

Biskra, Saharan oasis in Algeria

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Biskra is a small town in Algeria located at the province of Biskra in northeastern part of Algeria at the northern border of Sahara desert.

Top things to do in Biskra –

  • Experience this centre of Zab group of oasis.
  • Explore the Sahara desert near the town.
  • Les Jardins Des Ziban Biskra is an amazing waterpark in the town for fun with friends.
  • Amble along the broad, tree lined streets of the town.
  • Stay at great hotels, buy at local shops and relax at public gardens of this winter spot of Algeria.

The popular food to try in Biskra consists of fast food, Chakchouka, chicken, pizzas and Arabic cuisine.

Best time to visit Biskra– the months of March, October and November are the best months to visit the town.

How to reach Biskra– the town can be accessed easily by booking a flight to Mohamed Khider Airport located around 12 km away from the city.

Tipaza, top solo travel destination in Algeria

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Tipaza is a town in Algeria located in the province of the same name that is well known for its ancient ruins. Top things to do in Tipaza-

  • Explore the city landscaped by sandy beaches, pine trees and rolling hills .
  • Find out the various Phoenician, Roman, early Christian and Byzantine ruins, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Progress to the Royal Mausoleum of Mauritania.
  • Enjoy sporty activities like basking, swimming, boating and sightseeing at its beaches and mountains.

Best time to visit Tipaza– the months of April, March, October and November are the best months to visit the town.

How to reach Tipaza– the town can be reached easily by taking a bus from the city of Algiers.

Tamanrasset, top offbeat destination in Algeria

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Tamanrasset is a town in Algeria located at the province of Tamanrasset in southern Algeria in the middle of the Sahara desert.

Top things to do in Tamanrasset –

  • Unfold this hidden gem of Algeria.
  • Live the traditional desert life.
  • Discover the natural wonders in the desert like the Mount Tahat, Atakor Volcanic Field, Assekrem peak, Amekni and Taessa peak .
  • Go for hiking and climbing while discovering this rough region.
  • Take a camel ride to explore the town.

Best time to visit Tamanrasset– the period between mid May and early October is the best time to visit the town.

How to reach Tamanrasset– the town can be reached easily by booking a flight to Aguenar Hadj Bey Akhamok Airport located around 6 km away from the city.

Tassili N'Ajjer, top adventure destination in Algeria

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Tassili N’Ajjer is a national park in Algeria that is located on a large plateau in southeastern Algeria. The vast plateau is one of the most extreme desert regions in Algeria.

Top things to do in Tassili N' Ajjer –

  • The prehistoric rock paintings in the region make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Know the history about more than 15000 drawings and engravings.
  • Get lost between the geological formations of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded high sandstones forming the forest of rocks.

The various imagery paintings depict the life of the people in contrast to what it should be in a arid desert.

Best time to visit Tassili N’ Ajjer– the best time to visit the national park is from March to May or from September to November.

How to reach Tassili N’ Ajjer– the nearest town from the place is Djanet. You can book a flight to Tiska Djanet Airport to get access to the town and to the national park.