Tassili n’Ajjer National Park

Located in the Sahara desert, Tassili n’Ajjer National Park is an undisputable national treasure, giving visitors a glimpse into an interesting landscape and a cultural heritage.

The national park is characterized by a rock forest of sandstone, completing a great panoramic scene. And interestingly, although covered by sandstone, the Tassili n’Ajjer National Park allows for the growth of vegetation.

In fact, the national park is home to the Saharan myrtle and the endemic Saharan cypress.

But what makes the national park a lot more interesting is its collection of prehistoric rock and cave art. The entire plateau of Tassili n’Ajjer is actually inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having one of the world’s most important groupings of ancient cave art.

The prehistoric paintings and engravings in the Tassili n’Ajjer are over 15,000 in number and depict animals and ancient human activities. According to scientific studies, some of the cave paintings date back to around 6,000 BC.

As a whole, Tassili n’Ajjer National Park is a beautiful panorama and a gallery of ancient art.

Algiers

Algiers is the administrative and economic center of Algeria. Like any capital in the world, it has its own distinctive qualities.

Its significance as a city spans several centuries. Established in 944, Algiers was an important city to the Barbary Pirates and during the French occupation. And the city still carries its air of historical appeal, which is one of its defining characters.

Experience that historical appeal by visiting the casbah of Algiers. The casbah is an old quarter with a maze of narrow streets and a collection of mosques, palaces, and other historical buildings. The ruins of the citadel, to which the word casbah originally referred, can also be seen here.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the casbah was built on Icosium ruins and is still home to several Algerians. Although it is sadly dilapidated, its authentic old appeal is very much apparent.

The mosques in Algiers are also worth a visit. The Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Algiers and is believed to have been built in 1018, and the New Mosque, a seventeenth-century site, can easily give you your fill of Islamic culture.

 Annaba

Located northeast of the country, Annaba is the fourth largest city in Algeria, boasting of a European ambience and economic success.

In the course of its history, it has changed names several times – from Hipponensis Sinus to Hippo Regius to Beleb-el-Anab to Bône and finally to Annaba – but its inviting environment did not change; it continued to flourish.

The fact is, the city was one of the favorites of French colonialists, who put up several structures there. Most of these structures are still standing today.

A very important landmark in Annaba is the St. Augustine Basilica. It was built in memory of St. Augustine, then bishop of Hippo Regius, who lived his last years in the city. With its imposing colonial architecture, the basilica is a sight to behold.

Also showing colonial influence is the Green Main Street, also known as the Cours de la Revolution. Here is where you should go if you want to experience the vibrant Algerian nightlife.

Of course, not to be passed up are the beaches of Annaba. With scenic views and scores of restaurants, hotels, and clubs, the beaches offer any tourist a great beach experience.

Djemila

Djemila in Arabic means beautiful, and there could be no truer description for this town of Roman ruins.

Nestled among the hills, Djemila is the modern-day name of the Roman town Cuicul. The town presents fine Roman architectural planning and exceptional execution, as seen in the arrangement of its theater, basilicas, baptistery, bathhouses, arches, and other town ruins.

The ruins, along with the several different artifacts in the museum at the town’s entrance, depict how the ancient people lived and thrived in this Roman town.

Cuicul was established during Nerva’s reign (96 to 98 AD). In the succeeding centuries, the town saw expansion, and more edifices were built. The Vandals arrived in the town but left after a few years. In 553, the town was under the Byzantines until the invasion of the Arabs, who renamed it Djemila.

Djemila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best archeological sites that can be found not only in Algeria but in the whole of North Africa.

Timimoun

Although Timimoun usually serves as just a jump-off for Grand Erg Occidental excursions, this oasis town actually has beautiful features of its own.

It is tucked in the Gourara region in the Grand Erg Occidental and offers a magical sight of sand dunes and a salt lake.

But the most captivating image in this town is the red-mud architecture of most of the town structures. This specific style of architecture gives the small and humble town of Timimoun its distinct personality.

When visiting, make sure to fully explore the town. As you traverse the streets, expect to be overwhelmed by the town’s faithfulness to its traditions, its simplicity, and the hospitality of its people.

Trust that with its Saharan ambience, Timimoun will provide you with a memorable experience.

 

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