Algiers Travel Guide

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    A view towards Palais des Rais
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Algiers Highlights

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     Nice arhitecture, beautiful bay 

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     nice combination of blue and white 

Algiers Things to Do

  • Go to Tipasa!

    Tipasa is worth a day trip if you are in Algiers and you have access to car or bus. Tipasa is a Punic trading post which was a Roman city later and you can still marvel at the well preserved ruins. From Algiers it takes you about 45 minutes by car to the West along the Mediterranean coast. You can park at the port of Tipasa which has plenty of...

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  • Feel like an Ancient Ottoman!

    Just next to the area of Bab-el-Ouad you'll find an old Ottoman palace, the Palace des Rais or commonly known as Bastion 23. From outside it looks a bit like a prison and you would never expect those marvellous palaces inside. The palaces have been renovated and conservated from 1987 to 1993. It first opened to the public in 1994 and it is still a...

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  • Commercial Quarter

    I'm not really sure what to call this part of central Algiers, but its French streets and quaint shopping areas took my fancy. It is located to the south of the Place de la Grande Poste, and is quite obviously the product of French efforts to create a European-style city in North Africa. Unlike the Casbah, the streets here are wide and...

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  • Place de l'Émir Abd-el-Kader

    Abd el Kader was an prince (emir in Arabic) who was an active organizer of the resistance to French colonisation in the 1830s. He occupies and important place in Algerian history and folklore, and his memory has been consecrated in more than a few songs and poems. In Algiers itself, the Place de l'Émir Abd el Kader (formerly de la Burguade)...

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  • Jardins de l'Horloge

    The Clock Gardens, or Jardins de l'Horloge, are contiguous to the Place de la Grande Poste, and they are really quite hard to miss if you visit the latter. They are built up the slope that leads to the Casbah, and are quite interesting in the fact that the clock from which they take their name is not in some sort of erect structure, but rather is...

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  • Place de la Grande Poste

    The Place de la Grande Poste, and the Grande Poste (Great Post Office) are probably the focal point of any orientation in Algiers. In typical French style, they create a huge open space for traffic and pedestrians, and complete a bisection of the French part of the city that allows for proper placement and orientation of other landmarks in Algiers....

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  • The Corniche

    Rue d'Angkor is effectively Algiers' Corniche - the long, coastal road that provides a sort of natural entertainment area for residents of any seaside city in the Arab world. Unlike in many other cities along the Mediterranean, where the Corniche was built up by wealthy businesspeople and thus exhibits a fair amount of diversity in architectural...

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  • Winding streets of the Casbah

    The Casbah was, during the French colonial period, the Arab quarter of the city. There is a clear divide in not only the architecture and layout of the Casbah and the French-built areas, but also in the philosophy of their respective developments. While the French areas are built along Cartesian planes, rational and measured, the Casbah is a mess...

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  • Mosquée Ketchaoua

    The Kechawa mosque is Algiers' version of the Mezquita in Cordoba. It was initially erected in the 1430s by the Rebai tribe as a mosque in a Maghrebi Turkish-influenced style (you'll notice that, despite Turkish influence, the minarets are still of the North African style). In the 1840s, after the French colonized Algeria, it was converted into a...

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Algiers Restaurants

  • CLOSED !

    Sadly this restaurant lives on only in outdated guidebooks and websites. It sounded wonderful, but it'S long gone.Sorry.

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  • EXCELLENT SEAFOOD

    These guys came highly recommended and the food doesn’t disappoint. When I walked in Big Chef was cooking away and it looked like a fantastic seafood stew. Smelled great as well. I was politely shown to a table upstairs and a menu in French was produced. And then a nice bottle of water. Unfortunately they don’t serve alcohol here.Due to my failure...

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  • TO CLASSY TO SERVE ME !

    This is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Algiers. OK, the guidebook is a bit out of date. I couldn’t tell you because they never served me any food! I guess when I showed up with boots, t-shirt and some combat style trousers that I didn’t fit in with the rest of the suit and dress wearing crowd. When I walked in they ignored me before...

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Algiers Nightlife

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    by DAO Written Aug 23, 2012


    Most bars in Algeria are secretive, seedy, dark, hard to find and often not a great place for a woman to go into. If you want a quiet drink in a well lighted and secure environment - have a drink or 3 here. It is a hotel bar, but it does the job. The Hôtel Albert 1 is very close to the main Post Office, shopping, banks/ATM's and is 2 doors over for the hotel restaurant on the floor above the lobby. I was served an ice cold Tango beer (recommended!) at a reasonable price. You can have a laugh and a loud conversation if you want to. Its in a seclude corner of the hotel. Its also a good place for a drink and a relaxing review of your guidebook and travels of the day. Its's air-conditioned as well so you can escape the heat.

    The only drawback is that, like very other bar in Algeria, it allows smoking.

    Enjoy.

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    • Beer Tasting

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Algiers Transportation

  • Transportation in Algiers

    You can move around Algiers using bus or taxis, taxis may be better because it's fast, not expensive with the local money and you can ask the driver to get you to a specific destination, almost all of taxi drivers speak french with may be little english so that can make the communication easier!Algiers Metro is under construction, in 2008 it will...

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  • To-From Algiers

    Algiers is the capital and the biggest city in algeria, so it has a good transportation system.From Houari Boumedienne International Airport, with its 2 terminals (international and domestic), air flights go to Europe, Canada, North Africa, saharian Africa and the Middle East, as well as all airports in Algeria, Algiers is also linked by ferries to...

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  • Houari Boumedienne airport

    Houari Boumedienne airport is a public airport located 17 km southeast of Algiers, the capital of Algeria. It is named after Houari Boumedienne. Under French rule, Dar El Beïda, the area at which the airport is located, was known as Maison Blanche and, in much of the literature about the Algerian War of Independence it is called "Maison Blanche"...

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Algiers Shopping

  • The "Martyr" Mall

    Ryad El Feth (thanks for the help with the name, kokoryko!) is right under the Martyr monument. It's a several story shopping centre with shops of different kinds, cinema complex, gym, restaurants, etc.There are some shops selling souvenirs and traditional clothes, including traditional wedding gowns, like on the picture.

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  • traditional stuff

    There are lots of shops selling traditional ethno stuff, souvenirs and clothes, mostly they are called "artisanat" shops, but you can find also old jewelry and some museum-value things inside.

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  • street shopping

    Another shopping zone in the centre, popular among young ladies, with lots of clothes, sunglasses, scarves, shoes and other modern lifestyle stuff.

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Algiers Local Customs

  • Insh'Allah

    Algiers' people share a long history of struggle and uprising and if you plan to visit Algiers you will not only see a buzzling city centre, but also lots of people still coping with poverty. It is still a dangerous country to travel to if you don't follow certain rules. Generally, tourists don't need to be afraid of the people or police which are...

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  • Architecture in Algiers

    Algiers is not a city that was created by colonialism. Indeed, it has a long history, and was an important place during the Islamic conquest of North Africa, the Barbary States and the Ottoman domination of the northern half of the continent, long before the arrival of the French. Nevertheless, one of the most striking features of the city for any...

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  • Money, currency (Dinar)

    The dinar (symbol : DZD) is the currency of Algeria and it is subdivided into 100 centimes. 1 USD is about 60 DZD 1 EUR is about 86.0556 The euro is very easy to exchange in the black market and the rate is more interesting for sure.there are pieces of : 20, 50 centimes(barely used) and 1,2,5,10,50,100 dinarsthere are banknotes of : 10,20,50 dinars...

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Algiers Warnings and Dangers

  • Algiers- Terrorism

    Algeria is VERY DANGEROUS. Many terrorists attacks. You better know french, because if you speak in English, you'll be a target. The U.S. government doesn't even let their consulates from their embassy travel any many parents of the city. If you want to risk you're life going there than that's your decision, but it's VERY unwise.

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  • CARRY THE TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT YOU...

    ALGIERS When travelling across North Africa I made sure that I had the Travel Insurance that I needed. Travelling here in Algeria was no exception as there were many dangers here also.. When formulating my trip through Western Europe and North Africa I made sure that the Travel Insurance that I had taken out was what I needed ..This was for all my...

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  • Security

    Algerian police is doing their best to protect the areas with foreigners, such as hotels and diplomatic zones, but not only. There are police everywhere on the roads, often there are check-ups, controls, armed policemen are everywhere...This is a wall surrounding diplomatic residential zone, where the barb wire is not enough, beside the wall there...

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Algiers What to Pack

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    Map of the center of Algiers

    by JLBG Written Feb 27, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: I have given here a map from 1971 of the central part of Algiers . Since then, there has not been much changes. After the independence in 1960, the main boulevards and streets had already been renamed with the names of famous Algerians that replaced the French names. However, smaller streets had still their French names. This should not be the case anymore.

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Algiers Off The Beaten Path

  • The titanic resturaunt

    We had the most amazing meal in The titanic, the service was fantastic and the food fab. the decor nice and the toilets a very good standard, expensive in comparison to other restaraunts but worth it.

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  • Club des Pins

    The area around Sheraton hotel is called Club Des Pins (Pine Club). There are nice villas along the shore, most of them protected by barb wire, metal bars on the door and windows but also guarded by police. However, it is possible to stroll along the shore to some extent.

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  • Cherchell

    Near Tipaza, Cherchell is another town with Roman ruins, including some mosaics. It has a nicer port (at the time of my visit, Tipaza's port was in big reconstruction). There are also beaches and hills, and it is also near the Phoenician queen's tomb.

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Algiers Favorites

  • White Camel

    White camel is very rare. This poor obedient camel served the amusement of tourists (mostly locals, as there are very few foreigners around), at Tombeau de la Chrétienne to climb on it and take photos. It often grunts in despair and dissatisfaction, but alas, the owner beautifully collects the coins from the people who come to socialize with the...

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  • More on Alger la Blanche

    Here are the three pictures that I used to make the panoramic picture of my front page. Each of them, look separatly, gives a more accurate and sharper view of one sector of the city, especially if you enlarge them. They are from left to right and from east to west.

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  • Place Emir Abdel Kader

    Place Emir Abdel Kader is a small square in the middle of Rue Ben Mehidi Larbi. Before the independence, it was named Place Marechal Bugeaud and its statue stood in the center. Marechal Bugeaud was celebrated because in 1842, he had won over the legendary figure of Algerian resistance to the French invaders, Emir Abdel Kader. After the independence...

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