Visit the coast at Tenes. It is a small on the med coast with a neat light House and fishing village. Grreat place to get fish for lunch for nearly nothing. And the water is crystal clear for diving over by the Light House. The surf isn't too bad either.
If you like some adrenaline just try climbing alone a dune when you will find one for first time. It was unbelievable strange.
Actually I was too weak (psyhically) and scared to finish the first attempt. I was repeating after a while the experience and I felt wonderful… Above the dune and the entire Sahara everything is clean and clear and I will never forget the experience.
My footprints were remaining there no more than few hours ...
The photos will stand out, I hope, more.
The desert area of Tamanrasset is 2000km, and 2 hours flight from Algiers. The desert is the size of France with the most amazing and varied scenery, 12000 year old rock art and Tuareg nomads.
It is better if you go with a guide who knows the area, which can be arranged in Tamanrasset, as it is easy to get lost.
You can either camp or bivouac (no tents, just sleeping on mats) and go by 4 wheel drive or camel, depending on the time of year and the temperature. The sunsets and the stars are amazing!
It is worth spending 4 to 7 days in the desert to get the benefit of the variety of terrain and to meet some nomads. Mertoutek is a permanent Tuareg village in an oasis and there is water and accomodation there.
Ghardaia is a collection 0f 7 cities built between the 11th and 17th centuries by the M'zab people who are Berbers originally from the North of Algeria.
The M'zab have their own system of values and traditions and are skilled traders. The women weave beautiful carpets.
The market squares and narrow winding streets of the old cities are fascinating to walk around and explore and if you need a guide there is a tourist centre, as this is Algeria's second most popular tourist destination.
The oasis town of Timimoun is South of Algiers and North of Tamanrasset on the edge of the Sahara.
The desert here is very typical pretty picture-postcard desert with golden sands and palm trees, the architecture is the "sudanese" mud brick style which is very typical of the Sahara.
The Fugara water system is unique to the area and there are many villages and old "ksors" to visit, as well as the desert.
Timgad is one of the most impressive roman sites in Algeria and all north africa, it's typical roman city with all constructions and accomodations, the original plan is still visible on the ground.
You can go to Timgad from Batna with public transportation if you don't have a car.
Very beautiful site and worth the visit!
Annaba formerly Bone, is located in the extreme North-east of Algeria, it's about 500 km east of Algiers, one of most beautiful and important cities in Algeria, very industrial and big commercial port.
you can get there by train, plane, bus or public taxi.
What you must visit in Annaba :
- Annaba city center (Cours de la révolution square)
- Place d'armes (The old Annaba)
- Annaba corniche
- Annaba beaches
- Seraidi mountain and beach
- Basilique Saint-Augustin
- Streets of annaba (colonial architecture)
An oasis after 5 solid days of just desert - a great place to relax, go shopping and meet people!
Tamanrasset, manytimes only called Tam, is a city in the south of Algeria with 40,000 inhabitants. It is situated in the Sahara desert at an elevation of 1,400 meters in the Hoggar Mountains. It is the center of trade in the Sahara. It is also the starting point for excursions to or through the Sahara.
A large number of the people living in the city now are drought refugees from large areas in the Sahara - which seems to be an everlasting problem!
Coming from the north there is a 1000 km asphalt road that leads you from Algiers to Tam, but after Tam you will only have dirtroads and/or desert!
Algiers (arabic name: Al-Jaza'ir) is the capital of Algeria and the most important Mediterranean port of northwest Africa, it's also called "Alger la blanche" (Algeirs the white) because of its white building.
Algiers has a great and long history, it was governed by successive conquerors, romans, vandals, byzantians , arabs, spanish, ottomans and finaly french.
Algiers played a strategic role in World War II as the headquarters of De Gaulle's Free French army, as an important operation centre from 1943 until the conclusion of the war.
After 1957 Algiers become the epicentre of the Algerian war of liberation against french until 1962 when Algeria took its independance, the movie "The battle of Algiers" shows well this period of Algerian war liberation and Algiers history.
Algiers is an exciting city when tradition and modernity live together.
Here are some interesting places (not all) to see and visit :
- The Casbah : The old city.
- The bay
- Notre Dame d'Afrique church
- Alger centre - Algiers downtown
- Ketchaoua Mosque
- Bardo Mesuem
- El moudjahid mesuem
- Makam Echahid : Martyrs Monument (Including Riadh El fath complex)
- Elhamma Botanic Garden
- Ben Aknoun attractions park
- Elhamma Libreray
- Algiers beaches
- Sidi Fredj
For more details see my Algiers page : Algiers
The south of Ghardaia offers you many adventures, such as the Tassili N?Ajjer paintings in the vicinity of Djanet, or crossing the Sahel in camels to get to Niger.
Based in Tamanghasset while waiting during two weeks for a Niger visa (which finally was denied and I was forced to cross the Sahara in trucks selling dates from I-n-Salah to Gao, in Mali), I spent two days in an extraordinary place, the hermit of P?re Charles Faucault and the Bibliotheca, in the peak Assekrem of the Ahaggar. He lived there like an ascetic preaching to the Tuaregs from 1905 until 1916, when he was assassinated.
Hitchhiking is bad possibility to get up there because of the few cars in that road.
Never ask for a ride to the jeeps with tourists in a programmed tour; they never help. They think that they are real travellers because they paid a lot of money in a so called ?Travel Adventure Agency? and will look at you with disdain.
Finally I rented a motorcycle and spent a wonderful night there, ? la belle ?toile.
Beni Isguen is one of the five cities (pentapole) of the Mzab. It is a sacred city, enclosed by walls. Its doors are closed at dusk as no foreigner to the city can spend the night inside its walls. It is the Mzab city that has the most kept its character. You will not be allowed to visit the city on your own (anyway, you would not see anything !). You have to ask for a guide at the tourist office in Ghardaia that will introduce you everywhere you are allowed to go. More on my Mzab page (to come).
Illizi is a small town near the eastern border off Algeria.
It's hard to get there, course there is only a "Piste" ; and with some luck jou will find a sign posted, to show you a way; hopefully to the place you want to go.
So it means you have to take a verry good map and compas; otherwise you can get lost.
There are numerous military forts built across the Sahara (mainly by the French but also by the Italians) during the last century and a bit.
Ford Issendjel is one off them, near the Libian border
The Tassili N'Ajjer is one of the more famous landscapes of Algeria, being a vast plateau, to the north of the Hoggar Mountains.
Few areas of Algeria has wilder landscape than Tassili N'Ajjer, characterised by deep chasms and dramatic cliffs.
Fort Gardel (north west of Djanet) was built on the site of Zaouatanlaz (called Zaouatallaz on some maps), on the track between Djanet and Dider.
It was given the name of Gardel, the victor at Essayen, who died on 8 April 1916 on the European Front.
Lt. Gabriel Gardel, led the Ajjer group of the Compagnie Saharienne du Tidikelt under Capt. Charlet. At Esseyen, near Ghat, on 8 April 1913 he won a notable action against a raiding party of vastly superior numbers from the Fezzan.
He was deeply interested in the Tuareg, and his copious notes on the Kel Ajjer were finally edited and published posthumously in 1961.
He died in that action in 1916, leaving a young son.
His grandson Louis Gardel is now a well-known author, one of whose recent novel "Fort Saganne" is based on his grandfather's life.
At the time of Algerian independence, Fort Gardel was renamed Fort Haoues (sometimes spelt Fort Haouasse).
As there is a water-hole; there is a small berber-village nearby the fort
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