Destination Information for Algeria
Algeria is Africa’s largest country, yet its tourist industry is still in its infancy. This vast and varied landscape has plenty to offer travelers, with stunning coastlines, tranquil mountainous areas, incredible architecture and amazing deserts to discover. The official language of Algeria is Arabic Tamazight, but most locals are fluent in French, Algeria’s colonial language.
Most visitors to Algeria plan to view some of the fabulous Roman and Byzantine ruins, such as the Roman town of Timgad, whose grid-like city streets are remarkably well preserved. The Sahara region is also a huge draw for tourists, and a camel ride or a spot of desert-surfing is a must-do for thrill seekers! Drive or hike through the mountains for breath-taking views and spectacular sunsets and visit some of the wonderful and unique Algerian cities offering traditional arts, crafts, music and food. The capital, Algiers is a thriving Mediterranean city whose Kasbah is one of the world heritage sites dating back to 4th century BC. For those who want to experience a lively city with the very best of Algeria’s restaurants, beaches, nightlife, museums and more, Oran, in the west of the country, is perfect.