What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

There are some great Roman ruins in Algeria if you're into that. The country is full of spectacular natural beauty, but tourist facilities are generally poor and it's hard to travel in country. You can visit the Hamma gardens and the old Medina of Algiers, but most people go to Europe for their fun. - Sep 2019

Back to travel - there are fantastic tourism opportunities for the adventurous. The tourism infrastructure is limited but if you put in the time, the travel will be rewarding. - Mar 2019

Barcelona and Paris are Algeria's hidden gems ;) - Sep 2016

Europe. - Jun 2016

Not much. Events here are not well advertised - it's all word of mouth. This city is hardly charming so there's very little to explore. Even the locals complain about it. - Mar 2014

Go to Europe. - Oct 2013

There are circa 10-12 restaurants in the city worth visiting. There are occasional cultural events which are worth attending. Getting out of Algiers, as a diplomat, was rather difficult under Algerian government rules. If you can do so, the city of Oran is supposed to be interesting. And tourism in the southern areas of Ghardaia, Tamanrasset, Taghit, etc. can be enjoyable if you have the time and money to do so. - Dec 2011

There are loads of interesting museums. The down town area is very pretty and it is lovely to look at all the French architecture. Palais du Rais is well worth the visit. The French lived here in splendor. It is in good condition and very beautiful. - Sep 2008

Visits to the desert and to some ancient cities. Some clubbing in Algiers and Oran. - May 2008

Some limited sightseeing. - Mar 2008

Algeria has many fascinating places to see, but you won't have easy access to any of them unless the security restrictions are lifted or unless you can arrange for a security escort. In that case, I'd recommend the Casbah, Tipaza and although I've never been Timgad with its Roman ruins, Ohran, Ghardia and Tamanrasset. - Mar 2008

The beach is lovely (security permitting), some expos in the Safex Expo center (security permitting), a few nice museums (security permitting), French cultural center holds concerts, and CLO trips (security permitting)... - Feb 2008

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