Algeria: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s archives provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Places in Algeria
Northern Algeria’s various urban hubs make fascinating destinations for adventurous city lovers. Oran, a port city with extraordinary 20th-century architecture, is the home of raï and still known for its music scene. Quietly booming, it also has some outstanding accommodation and eating options, including the glamorous Royal Hotel.
In the mysterious, picturesque M’zab Valley, life goes on much as it has for centuries (give or take the odd game of football). Southwest, deep into the sand seas of the Grand Erg Occidental, is Timimoun, an oasis town with evocative red architecture, a unique ethnic mix and easy access to gob-smacking desert scenery.
The far south's vast and stunning Saharan expanses are by far the country’s most compelling attraction, a remote and often harsh place of extraordinary beauty, and the heartland of the Tuareg. The ‘capital’ Tamanrasset is a well-serviced frontier town and gateway to the area's many treasures. Northwest lies Djanet, home to some of the best prehistoric rock art in the world.