Algiers Travel Guide

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Algiers Things to Do

  • Cathedrale Notre Dame d'Afrique

    This was a lovely Catholic Cathedral not far from my hotel in Algiers. I went walking there. There were many faithful people, mainly from Catolic African countries, because Argelian local people are mainly muslims.

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  • UNESCO sign of the Kasbah of Algiers

    The Kasbah of Algiers was founded on the ruins of old Icosium, a Phoenician commercial outpost called which later developed into a small Roman town. It is a small city which, built on a hill, goes down towards the sea, divided in two: the High city and the Low city.

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  • Musée Public National des Beaux-Arts

    It took two trips to the museum to get in, they are closed on a Sunday. I had an enjoyable visit, there is a mixed collection of historic and more modern pieces.They have two entrances, and the more prominent rear entrance is closed at different times from the main entrance at the rear of the building.

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  • National Museum of the Moudjahid

    The museum was quite an interesting find; it was a busy museum and some of the exhibits were quite disturbing. The war of liberation was quite a terrible experience for the country and this is clearly seen in the images and photographs located in the collection.There is a lower floor and this is the home to a memorial which is quite moving if...

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  • Maqam Echahid (Martyrs' Memorial)

    This is a monument that can be seen for many miles and is a constant reminder of the war of Liberation. It was a wet day when I made a visit, but it was dry enough to get some good photographs.There are military personnel around and they keep you away from the eternal flame.

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  • Téléphériques d'Alger

    I found the Téléphérique when I was out walking and then on the map I got from the hotel staff. It was quite an interesting find. The staff are fairly young men, who seem to spend a great deal of time chatting and laughing with each other. The tourists seem to be a little bit of an inconvenience, but it is a reasonable service.The trips are very...

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Algiers Restaurants

  • Kheimat Essaoura

    This restaurant is sometimes called ‘Maison of Cous Cous’. I call it PING! (Will explain in a minute). It seems to have been here a few years and has been jazzed up to be amazingly decorative. Unfortunately it seems the adult children run this place and run it badly. The second I walked in I thought I was in the middle of a Bedouin encampment. It...

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  • PING!

    This restaurant is sometimes called ‘Maison of Cous Cous’. I call it PING! (Will explain in a minute). It seems to have been here a few years and has been jazzed up to be amazingly decorative. Unfortunately it seems the adult children run this place and run it badly. The second I walked in I thought I was in the middle of a Bedouin encampment. It...

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  • Ike ate here

    During the 1800’s this was a fashionable retreat for British travelers and it was here that General Eisenhower set up command for a brief period during World War II.A good place to transition your sensitivities from Western European to North African. There are still many reminders of the French era but at the same time you will know that you are in...

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  • Fish and Couscous

    Restaurant La Colomba is accepted as one of the best restaurants in Alger with the Local food and European. I suggest you to try the fish. A la Colomba, dans le tournant de la rue Michelet, en face de la rue Altairac. ou plutôt si : les meilleurs bricks à l’oeuf ou au thon, le meilleur chariot de hors d’oeuvres de la rue Michelet, d’Alger,...

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  • Forumla and French

    I had visited several Hippopotamus restaurants in France. this had the same menu and it was enjoyable. The staff were friendly and made me welcome. It was fairly quiet when I visited, although I was the only diner in the non smoking section. I had a peppered fillet steak and a chocolate dessert.

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  • Dinner in the Sofitel (2)

    The El Mordjane provides traditional Algerian food in a modern setting. The menu is good and as ever the staff are very professional.I had dinner with one of my colleagues and it was quite enjoyable. there was live music being performed. The menu was quite extensive, and really depends on what you like.

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Algiers Nightlife

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    HÔTEL ALBERT 1: A QUIET RESPECTABLE DRINK

    by DAO Written Aug 23, 2012

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    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.

    THE BAR
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Algiers Transportation

  • Les téléphériques d'Alger

    This was an enjoyable way to travel to eh 200m or so to the memorial. It costs 20 DA for each journey and was fairly quick once it started. It seems there is a timetable, however it was not visible.

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  • Algiers Airport: HOUARI BOUMEDIENE

    I travelled from London Gatwick Airport, and the trip was around 2 hours 30 minutes. I travelled using BA and they do not fly Friday or Saturday.The airport was quite modern, and busy. There is much checking of passports and belongings.The main duty free shops do not accept the local currency, although the others do.The have armed security staff on...

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  • Train to Oran

    "To Oran? Oh it only takes 3 hours," said the nice lady at Algiers Agha train station as she sold me a ticket for the early morning train. I think she must have been new, as it took 5. I didn't mind, as it's quite an enjoyable way to travel between the two cities. 4 trains a day leave the capital for the second city, three of them taking 5 hours...

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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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    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.

    Map of the center of Algiers

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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 General

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  • time and weather in Algiers

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  • 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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