Tourism in Algeria, 10 Reasons to Visit Algeria. Algeria is the largest country in Africa. Algeria is a country that has become a center of attraction in terms of tourism with its close and distant historical, geographical and cultural areas. In 2017, 2.4 million tourists visited Algeria and the number of tourists visiting the country is increasing each year.
Ten reasons to visit Algerian, white buildings, narrow streets, unique location and frequent traces of French architecture.
1. Notre Dame d’Afrique
Notre Dame d’Afrique is a 19th-century Roman Catholic church. The basilica is a combination of Roman and Byzantine elements popular at the time in France. Furthermore, it is covered with blue and white mosaics on the outer ceiling of the impressive dome and balances the sandstone walls around the building just above the half-domes. It is an ideal spot for tourists who are interested in history.
2. Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
The establishment date of Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography is 1928. There are many works in the museum. Here are exhibits such as ceramics, rock carved remnants of Neolithic periods. There are also many pictures. It is one of the most visited points of Algeria.
3. Botanical Garden Hamma
The Essai du Hamma Gardens, located in the Hammam district of Algeria, is a garden opened on a visit to an area of 58 hectares in 1832. Moreover, in the following years, continuous joints were made. After 1842, it became an important place of “World Plant Hydration Tests”. This garden contains a large number of plant species and bird species. You can come here and visit the lush garden.
4. Museum of Modern Art Algiers
Algeria Modern Art Museum was opened in 2007 for service. The museum building was built between 1901-1907. Also its common name is ‘MaMa’. The museum exhibits works of important figures such as Olivier Debre and M’Hamed Issiakhem.
5. Ketchaoua Mosque
The Ketchaoua Mosque, located in the capital city of Algeria, was built in 1612. It is the most magnificent mosque in the country. Furthermore, the Byzantine and Maghreb architecture is remarkable with its wonderful harmony.
6. El Kala National Park
El Kala National Park is a national park with a total area of 800 square kilometers. It is under the protection of UNESCO since 1990. The park has 40 mammals, 25 avian species, 64 freshwater bird species and 9 seabird species. Moreover, El Kala National Park is one of the most popular parks in Africa.
Timgad, located in Algeria’s Aurès Mountains, is an ancient city founded around 100 AD by Emperor Trajan. Furthermore, remnants located about 35 km east of the town of Batna are remarkable because they represent one of the best available grid plans used in Roman city planning. Also, Timgad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982.
There are maze-like roads, a castle dating from the 16th century and three important mosques. The most important of these mosques is the Al Kebir Mosque. Also, the buildings here are under the protection of Unesco since 1992.
9. M’Zab Valley
The Mzab Valley brings together a valuable fusion scene with human-made structures. In this valley there are also many buildings formed by external forces. This valley are in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1982.
There are many traces of civilization in this city. Especially, visit the Augustine church and the buildings dating from the French colonial period.