Algiers - Post Report Question and Answers

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

There's a bustling daily market called Premier Mai that is an experience; a few decent museums, including the Bardo and the Museum of Fine Arts. Most newcomers organize a tour of the Casbah, the counfounding, crumbling area that was the site of the Battle of Algiers - and that is worth doing once. In the summer, beaches are popular, but I've found them to be way too crowded and not very nice swimming. (And you have to drive either 30 minutes in one direction or 45 in the other to get to a decent beach). Tipaza is the "state" next to Algiers and it's not too, too difficult to travel to. There is a cute downtown with antique store and rugs, and two excellent fish restaurants. There's a "resort" called Corne d'Or that you can stay at overnight and it feel a little like you've escaped to Santorini, with its curved whitewashed architecture and pops of Majorelle Blue. - Apr 2021


I would imagine many gems in Algeria but the Govt. does not allow travel outside of Algiers. - Oct 2020


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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