Algeria is a country in North Africa with a long Mediterranean coastline which is rocky in places but does have some beaches. The southern region of the country contains part of the Sahara Desert. The country has mountainous regions including Tell Atlas, Saharan Atlas and the Ahaggar mountains.
Algeria’s capital, Algiers, is a major port city on the Mediterranean coast. It features many buildings and monuments of interest, including the Casbah (citadel), the Great Mosque of Algiers, the Monument of the Martyrs and Notre Dame d’Afrique (a Roman Catholic cathedral). Rue Didouche Mourade has numerous chic shops and smart restaurants along it.
West of Algiers are the tourist resorts of Sidi Fredj and Douaouda. These resorts have the usual tourist hotels, souvenir shops and supervised beaches. There are several desert oasis towns which offer attractions and a break from the heat; Timimoun is on a plateau with views of a salt lake and dunes. El Golea is another oasis town in Central Algeria and is a gateway to the Sahara. The ruins of El Golea Fort are well-preserved.
El-Oued is a fertile oasis town. It is known as the Town of a Thousand Domes due to the style of its house roofs. El-Oued is noted for its carpets and its souk (market). Tlemcen is in northwest Algeria in the foothills of the Tlemcen Mountains. The town’s attractions include the Grand Mosque, Almohad Ramparts, Mansourah Fortress and cooling breezes.
Accommodation options in Algeria range from pensions to five-star hotels. Walk in hotel rates, per night, in Algiers are expensive, making booking in advance essential. Budget choices are cheaper. Houari Boumedienne Airport, just outside Algiers, is Algeria’s principal airport. Most of the bigger towns also have airports. There is a railway line running parallel to the coast. Paved roads run to most major destinations in Algeria.