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Flights to Algiers (ALG)

Algiers – or Al Jazair as its residents call it – is a city of fascinating contrasts, mixing the traditional with the modern.
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Algiers, Algeria

What to do in Algiers

Browse the National Museum of Antiquities

Algiers brims with historical artefacts, so a trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of its many museums. The National Museum of Antiquities (Musée National des Antiquités) is home to a fine collection of ivory carvings and bronze sculptures, dating back to the third century. The Musée des Beaux-Arts has the best collection of European art in the country.

National Museum of Antiquities
Rue Didouche Mourad
+213 2168 1256
musee-antiquites.art.dz

Explore the Jardin d’Essai

The Jardin d’Essai – also known as the Botanical Gardens of Hamma – dates back to the first years of French occupation. Today, the large dazzling botanical garden is considered one of the finest in the world, with more then 1,200 species of exotic plants and trees. It’s also home to the Algerian National Institute of Agronomical Research, which is open to visitors. Rue Mohamed Belouizdad

Belouizdad
+213 2167 2292
jardinbotaniqueduhamma.dz

Marvel at the Maqam Echahid/Martyr’s Memorial

Opened in 1982 on the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, the Maqam Echahid – or Martyrs’ Memorial – has become one of the most iconic landmarks of Algiers. Soaring 92 metres into the sky, the impressive structure is made up of three concrete palm fronds that represent Algeria’s agriculture, culture and industry. At the edge of each leaf stands a statue of a soldier.

Chemin Omar Kechkar
Diar El Mahçoul
Belouizdad
facebook.com/pages/Maqam-Echahid

See the Grande Poste d’Alger

The famous Grande Poste d’Alger – Algiers’ main post office – is a piece of living history. Located in the city centre, this French-designed 20th century building wouldn’t look out of place in a classic black and white movie.

Place de la Grande Poste
Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi
City Centre
+213 2172 6072
facebook.com/pages/Grande-Poste-dAlger

Take a cable car to the Notre Dame d’Afrique

Standing on a 124-metre cliff that overlooks the Bay of Algiers is the spectacular Notre Dame d’Afrique, which was created by the famous architect Fromageau. The best way to get to this 18th century Catholic basilica is by cable car. This fascinating sand-coloured structure is home to a black stone statue of the Virgin Mary.

Rue Belouizdid
El Hamma Zighara
algeria.com/religious-sites/notre-dame-d-afrique

Visit the Casbah/Kasbah of Algiers

Right in the heart of Algiers is the ancient Casbah (or Kasbah of Algiers), a charming neighbourhood that remains fiercely traditional. This Unesco World Heritage site is home to magnificent 17th century Ottoman palaces, including the mansion Dar Hassan Pacha, which has hosted historical figures including Napoleon Bonaparte. Next to it is the beautiful Ketchaoua Mosque, with the Djemaa El Djedid, El Kebir (Great Mosque of Algiers) and Ali Betchnin mosques also nearby.

Dar Hassan Pacha
Rue Hadj Omar
Casbah
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Where to eat in Algiers

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Auberge Du Moulin (Algerian)

This charming little restaurant is reminiscent of old-world rustic inns of the past. Located outside of the city centre, plan your trip during the late afternoon or early evening to get the most out of your experience. Presenting sumptuous Algerian cuisine, L’Auberge Du Moulin is immensely popular with both travellers and locals.

24 Rue Abane Ramdane
Chéraga
+213 21 361 073
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Brasserie des Facultés (European)

This excellent place in downtown Algiers is known for its hearty, European food. It’s always packed, particularly during the weekend. But the food is well worth the wait; meat-lovers will be particularly satisfied with the selection on offer.

1 Rue Didouche Mourad
Lower Town
+213 21 644 0531
facebook.com/pages/Brasserie-des-Facultés-Alger-Centre

Jenina (Algerian)

For a taste of traditional Algerian cuisine, you’ll be hard pushed to beat Jenina. This family-run restaurant has been in business since 1968 and remains one of the most sought-after high-end establishments, attracting royalty and politicians. Be sure to try Jenina’s succulent signature mechoui.

10 Rue Franklin Roosevelt
Alger Centre 16000
+213 21 61 40 26
eldjenina.com

La Palmeraie (Moroccan)

This Bedouin tent-style eatery lies out of town, but feels a whole lot different. There are carpets on the walls and ceiling, and diners sit on low couches around one huge table. Food is a traditional mix of hotpots and meats, after which partying with other guests is encouraged.

Ain Allah
Deli Ibrahim
16000
+213 550431 676
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Le Maison de Couscous (Middle Eastern)

Translating into the ‘House of Couscous’, this no-frills eatery serves up exactly what its name says: couscous, along with Algerian chourba (traditional soup) and bourek (filled pastry). Popular with locals, this diner is tucked away two blocks from the Cathédrale du Sacré-Cœur d'Alger. It’s all about a great atmosphere and full-flavoured fare. Rue Ali Barbar

16000
+213 21 640 117

Le Taj Mahal (Indian)

Algiers may not be one of the obvious places to go looking for Indian cuisine, but Le Taj Mahal is one of the city’s hottest restaurants. This vegan- and vegetarian-friendly spot serves up delicious tandoori dishes and kebabs, cooked – and spiced – to your liking.

7 Rue Idir Toumi Ben Aknoun
43 Route de Dely Brahim Chéraga
16000
+213 21 912 940
facebook.com/algiers.tajmahal

Places to stay in Algiers

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El Aurassi Hotel

Designed by the late Italian architect Luigi Moretti, El Aurassi has undergone renovations since it opened in 1975, with some of its decor auctioned off. While the five-star property is more geared towards the business traveller, it’s well worth stopping by its lounge (which is open to non-guests) where you can enjoy stunning views of Algiers.

Ave Frantz Fanon 02
Central Algiers
+213 21 748 252
el-aurassi.com

Hilton Alger

Set amongst pine trees overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hilton Alger is fantastic for those looking to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. This luxury oceanfront property is home to many restaurants, including Sara’s for French food, and Casbah, which specialises in Algerian cuisine.

Pins Maritimes
El Mohammadia
16000
+213 21 219 696
www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/algeria/hilton-alger-ALGHIHI

Hotel Emir

For those looking for a hotel on the outskirts of the city, Hotel Emir is a great option. With downtown just 6km away, most landmarks are a mere 20-minute drive from here. This modern property has an outdoor swimming pool and shuttle service to Houari Boumediene Airport.

33 Rue Tella Ahcene
Route de Dely Brahim Chéraga
+213 21 361 510
hotelemir.com.dz/en/Contact-eng.php

Le Saint George

The four-star Le Saint George (formerly Hôtel El-Djazair) is without a doubt one of Algiers’ most iconic hotels. If you fancy walking through the same corridors – and possibly even staying in the same room – as the likes of Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower or Rudyard Kipling, then this hotel is for you.

24 Avenue Souidani Boudjemaâ
El Mouradia
+213 21 230 933
chaineeldjazair.com/index.php/en/sain_george/historique

Palace Appart Hôtel

Perfectly located in the heart of Bordj El-Kiffane – or Fort de L’eau district – this four-star hotel is a five-minute walk from the main tramway, making it easy for you to get around the city at little cost. As well as rooms, Palace Appart Hôtel has luxurious studios and apartments for rent.

3 Rue Saidi Ahmed
Bordj El-Kiffan
16120
+213 21 204 444
palace-apparthotel.com/index.php/en

Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

One of the Algerian capital’s fanciest hotels is also one of its newest. The Sofitel Algiers is slap bang in the middle of the city centre, and right by the Jardin d’Essai and Musée des Beaux-Arts. Next to the hotel is the funicular that can take you up the hill overlooking the old souk and the port.

172 Rue Hassiba Benbouali
16015
+213 21 685 210
accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1540-sofitel-algiers-hamma-garden