Head to the Algerian capital of Algiers to wander the winding streets of its high-walled Kasbah fortress. Or visit the town of Timimoun for an Arabian Nights atmosphere, where desert dunes meet its curved city walls. Catch a glimpse of the Sahara desert from El Kautara Gorges.
Located in North Africa, Algeria has survived years of civil war and is gradually being rediscovered by tourists. Expect to find an intriguing mix of Arab, Berber and French culture, a rich history and plenty of outdoor activities. You can explore the Mediterranean coastline from the capital Algiers. Or go trekking in the Hoggar Mountains in the south of Algeria. Then take a trip in a four-wheel-drive to the Sahara desert to get a closer look at this sea of red sand dunes.
Follow the minarets peaking out of the old quarter of capital Algiers to the bustling UNESCO-listed Kasbah citadel. You'll have no trouble seeing why El-Oued is known as the 'Town of a Thousand Domes'. The skyline of the biggest town in Algeria's Souf region is filled with domes to keep buildings cool. Spend Arabian Nights in the Sahara desert town of Timimoun where the red terracotta buildings blend in with the surrounding sand dunes.
Get your first glimpse of the sandy Sahara desert through the craggy stone passages of the El Kautara Gorges. Then escape the crowds and take in the rocky coves along the Turquoise Coast. Head to Tassili n'Ajjer National Park to see Saharan Cypress trees and rock formations, sculpted into arches by the desert wind. Hire a guide to show you its impressive Neolithic rock paintings.
Fast Facts - Algeria
Arabic (official) and both French and Berber
230V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin plugs are standard
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