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Algeria travel guide

Algeria boasts Roman ruins, Ottoman palaces, not to mention the Sahara desert and the M'Zab Valley, perfect for desert safaris

Africa’s second-largest country Algeria was once as popular as neighbouring Morocco until civil war broke out in 1992. Now adventurous travellers are returning and although a lack of tourist infrastructure doesn’t make this the easiest country to visit, there are plenty of rewards for those that do.

Visits to Roman remains, Ottoman palaces, desert safaris and mountain scenery are all on the to-do list in Algeria. About 85% of the country is taken up by the Sahara and a trip to M’Zab Valley in the desert can’t be missed. For what have been described as the best sunrises and sunsets in the world, join an organised trip to the Hoggar mountains.

Wanderlust recommends

  • Join the Tuareg and cross the Sahara by camel
  • Head to Algiers and Oran – Gateway to the smaller centres of Constantine, Annaba, perfect for seeing layers of decaying colonial architecture
  • Tourist-free site – Visit the Roman tourist-free sites of Tipaza and Timgad
  • Ascend the great massif –The Aurès, and the hills and valleys of Kabylia
  • Rock art – See the pre-historic rock paintings around Djanet and Tamanrasset
  • Sunrise, sunset – Gaze at the sunrise in the mountains of Assekrem

Wanderlust tips

Some of the information about Algeria in guidebooks can be scary. However, don’t be put off. For a safe trip, get the very latest advice before you travel, speak to a knowledgeable tour operator and listen to the locals once you’re there.

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