The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is a North African Muslim country that stretches from the Mediterranean coastline southward into the bosom of the Sahara desert, which offers a massive diversity of landscape. It is the largest country in Africa and the 10th largest country in the world. The country has aged like fine wine as it possesses a rich history boasting 7 World Heritage sites. Today, we celebrate the country for its breathtaking coastline and its admirable cultural sites.Yet the destination remains undiscovered. What better time than the present to propel yourself into this new-found haven?

As you wander around the bustling cities of Algeria, you are immediately gripped with the feeling of déjà vu, that is of course if you have visited France before. The streets of Algeria give you the feeling that you are walking through France, given that the country is a former French colony. It is in fact one of the most developed countries in Africa. Despite its unique mixture of a metropolitan aesthetic and quaint elements, it does not fall short of an authentic African experience. With the Algerian Sahara that covers 84% of the territory, you do not miss out on vast landscapes that possess rich blends of red and beige sands with rustic orange and golden dunes.

Algeria’s Sahara is teeming with wildlife including gazelles, fennecs, hyenas, jackals, gerbils and the desert hare. Just when you think you have reached the climax of your African experience, you find mountains in the southern Sahara that rise to dizzying summits, the tallest being Mount Tahat, that goes up to 2,918 metres. With such promising landscapes and mountainous terrain, the country lends itself to a myriad of adventure, including hiking during the summer and skiing during winter. Once you reach your quota for youthful escapades, you can cool off at any one of Algeria’s pristine beaches such as the Marsa Ben M’Hidi that also houses a small fishing port.

 

Why travel to Algeria?

Its cultural milieu is the core element of Algeria’s tourism. The country’s culture and history reflects in its diverse architecture from the Casbah with its Moorish Palaces and old Ottoman-style mosques to Haussmann and French-colonial style architecture. Its National Museum has successfully preserved and displayed artifacts that date back to Roman and Islamic periods, a rare feat that bodes well for the country’s tourist appeal.

This appreciation for culture is reflected in Algerian cuisine which portrays a mixture of different cultures with couscous, barbecue chicken/lamb and camel meat being a recurring staple. Its French roots are evident and its recipes are diverse. Each province has its own cuisine, each town, its own couscous recipe, and there are still options for vegetarians and vegans available.

If all this is still not pulling at the strings of your wanderlust, then it is probably because you are concerned about your safety. Algeria is safe for travelling and is guarded by local policemen who are very friendly. The local population are equally friendly and welcoming and since the country is still undiscovered, you will not experience any overcrowding.

Algeria’s Mediterranean climate gives it hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. The months of March and between the months of October and December are the best to visit Algeria with cool, sunny days. The winter is also typically suitable, partially because you are able to partake in activities such as skiing and also partially because the heat can be overbearing in the Sahara during the summer.

Commitment to sustainable tourism


The sustainable tourism goals of Algeria are deeply rooted in cultural tourism. Having a world cultural heritage site declared by UNESCO, there is an effort to ensure preservation of cultural sites alongside an encouragement of tourism to create a balance that sustainably benefits the economy of the country in a way that is not adverse to its historical roots.

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