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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

Marvel at the Maqam Echahid (Martyr’s Memorial)

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

Chemin Omar Kechkar
Diar El Mahçoul

Visit the Kasbah/Casbah of Algiers

Right in the heart of Algiers is the ancient Kasbah (or Casbah of Algiers), a charming neighbourhood that remains fiercely traditional. This Unesco World Heritage Site is home to magnificent Ottoman-styled 17th century palaces, including the mansion Dar Hassan Pacha, which played host to 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

Explore the Jardin d’Essai

The Jardin d’Essai – also known as the Botanical Gardens of Hamma – dates back to the French occupation’s early years. 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 where the Algerian National Institute of Agronomical Research – which is open to visitors – is located.

Rue Mohamed Belouizdad
+213 2167 2292

Take a cable car to the Notre Dame d’Afrique

Standing on a 124m cliff that surveys the Bay of Algiers is the spectacular Notre Dame d’Afrique. Created by the famous architect Jean-Eugene 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

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 is home to a fine collection of ivory carvings and bronze sculptures, dating back to the third century.

National Museum of Antiquities
177 Boulevard Krim Belkacem
Parc de la liberte
+213 2168 1129

See the Grande Poste d’Alger

The famous Grande Poste d’Alger – Algiers’ main post office – has a rich 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

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
+213 21 361 073

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
+213 21 912 940

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 signature mechoui.

10 Rue Franklin Roosevelt
Alger Centre
+213 2161 4026

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
+213 550431 676

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 2164 40531

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 traditional Algerian 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
+213 2164 0117

Places to stay in Algiers

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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

Palace Appart Hôtel

Perfectly located in the heart of Bordj El-Kiffane – or the 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 luxury studios and apartments for rent.

3 Rue Saidi Ahmed
Bordj El-Kiffan
+213 2120 4444

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
+213 2121 9696

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

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 city centre, and near to many of Algiers landmarks. Next to the hotel is a cable railway – take a car going up the hill for lovely views of the old souk and the port.

172 Rue Hassiba Benbouali
+213 2168 5210

Le Saint George

The four-star Le Saint George is without a doubt one of Algiers’ most iconic hotels. If you fancy walking through the same corridors as the likes of Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower or Rudyard Kipling, then this hotel is for you.

24 Avenue Souidani Boudjemaâ
El Mouradia
+213 2123 0933

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