Algiers (الجزائر or Alger) is Algeria's capital and largest city (3.4 m). It is situated at the tip of North Africa, facing the Mediterranean and in almost a straight line a few hundred kilometers to the south of Barcelona in Spain.
Like Algeria itself, the city has seen some chaos and upheaval in its history, most recently in 2007 when it was the site of several bombings. Probably for that reason this isn't exactly a hot tourist destination. You will need to decide for yourself, but keep in mind that headlines don't always equate the reality, and with a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spectacular hilly coastal setting, there may just be enough reason for tourists to start flocking in, bringing this city out of its anonymity.
The casbah, or the citadel surrounded by walls that can be found in many towns in the region, is the city's World Heritage Site. Algiers casbah is unique for its position overlooking the sea and according to UNESCO it offers "the remains of the citadel, old mosques and Ottoman-style palaces as well as the remains of a traditional urban structure associated with a deep-rooted sense of community." Worth a visit.
Another noteworthy attraction is the spectacularly bay side located Notre Dame D'Afrique. Set on top of a cliff overlooking the sea 125 meters below, the views are as breathtaking as the architecture.
But don't think for a moment that Algiers is only historical side. Have a walk around the promenade, look around you and realise: this city isn't so bad. In fact, it is quite spectacular. [Review by travelindicator]
- Algiers is a city in Algeria's region of Alger. It has a population of 3,415,811, is situated at an altitude of 627ft and the best airport to fly into is ALG (Houari Boumediene, Algiers)
- The currency used in Algeria is the Algerian dinar (DZD)
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