Once only mentioned as a whisper in travel talk and always in the same breath as phrases like unsafe and civil war, Algeria is slowly remerging from the ashes of its violent past. The nation’s wounds are healed and Algeria is no longer closed off to the outside world as it has been for the past twenty some years. Despite the country’s progress and general safety, the average traveller has yet to realise Algeria’s unparalleled potential as the next big travel destination. Fortunately, in the meantime, savvy travellers like you will have free range exploring Algeria’s remarkable cities and sites without the hassle of large crowds. In many ways Algeria is similar to Morocco but without the massive influx of tourists and westernisation, basically the stuff of a world traveller’s dreams.
So what’s so special about Algeria you might ask? Well, where to start? As Algeria sits atop of the great African continent and across the Mediterranean from Europe, it has served as a significant trading post and cultural liaison between Africa, Europe and the Middle East for centuries. As these cultures converged in Algeria they influenced the country’s language, architecture and left lasting impressions on Algerian society. Algeria is also the largest country in Africa and all but the very northern region is blanketed by the might Sahara Desert where rust-coloured sand dunes carve out sweeping curvatures for as far as the eye can see. Most of Algeria’s major towns and cities such as Algiers, Oran and Annaba are strung along the coast. The exception is the town of Tamanrasset, which is the gateway for expeditions into the Sahara and up the Hoggar Mountains.
The capital of Algiers probably is one of the best representations of the country’s diverse and storied history.Algeria’s French colonial legacy is reflected in the capital’s wide boulevards and the buildings that line them. The blue domes and chalk-white minarets of the many mosques peak through urban centres and modern high-rises light up the skyline at night. In the heart of the city is the Casbah; the ancient neighbourhood is labyrinth of streets and where you fill find some of the city’s most elaborate Ottoman-era palaces. While you wander through the maze be sure to find the Dar Hassan Pascha, just across from the Ketchoua Mosque. Other fine sites include the Palais des Raïs on the waterfront, which is home to the Centre des Arts et de la Culture and the Jardin d’Essai du Hamma and the Notre Dame d’Afrique. There are also several interesting museums exhibiting Algerian art and history.
Algeria is also privileged with a number of ancient Roman ruins that can be found in the towns of Batna, Tipasa and Djemila. These remarkable ancient Roman ruins left almost deserted and locals might find your presences a source of genuine curiosity.
It won’t be long until Algeria regains its reputation as a premier destination in Northern Africa, but until then you will be the envy of your friends as the first to venture here. Hoppa’s trustworthy service will provide the smooth ride you need from Houari Boumediene Airport to your final destination in Algeria. All you need to do is pre-book your Algeria airport transfer with us and we handle all the details of your arrival and depart.