Alger

Travel guide - Alger

Between the land and the sea, Algiers is the gateway to the African continent. The capital of the Algeria, also known as "Algiers the White" or El Bahdja (the "Happy One"), is a clever blend of European and African cultures.

Discover the traditional face of the city with a visit to the Kasbah district. The steep streets lead you into Bouzaréah, the gateway to the city. As you walk you will come across genuine architectural treasures, such as the Great Mosque, the 3rd largest mosque in the world with its 270m high minaret.

Continue your wandering and you will discover houses with sparkling white walls. One of the architectural masterpieces from this era, the Byzantine style Basilica of Our Lady of Africa, stands on a promontory 124m above sea level. Then stroll along the coast until you reach the Test Garden, the green lungs of the city since 1832, near the El Madania district.

Continue into the historical heart of Algiers and stroll past the little workshops dotted along the streets. You still have time to go to place des Trois Horloges with its lamp mounted on 3 dials, before wandering through the stalls of Triolet market.

The Algerian capital also has a fine selection of museums. The Bardo Museum houses a vast collection of prehistoric objects - the most important exhibit being the skeleton of Tin Hinan, Queen of the Tuaregs.

To the east of the city, the National Museum of Fine Arts awaits you, facing the Bay of Algiers. It is home to one of the most important collections of art in the entire African continent. And don't forget the nearby Villa Abd-el-Tif, an Ottoman style house from the 18th century, or the Martyr's Memorial, an impressive 92m high monument.

Through all these eras, the city of Algiers has and will always write its own history.

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