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Places in Algeria
Algeria’s second city is a lively port with plenty of history and a lot of rhythm. Yet here, more than in Algiers, the consequences of the violence of the 1990s and the subsequent government neglect are plain to see, and every ship that sails north to Europe is watched by hundreds of people.
Annaba’s excellent natural port and its proximity to fresh water and some very fertile farmland drew the Phoenicians here in the first place and have ensured the city’s continuing prosperity. Today, its port handles the majority of the country’s considerable mineral exports. But alongside business, Annaba has preserved its sense of history and culture.
As the last major town on the road south to Niger, Tam (as it’s affectionately known) is a surprisingly busy place with plenty of modern amenities, including banks, Air Algérie offices, innumerable travel agencies and an ONAT (Office National du Tourisme) branch. Almost everything can be found on the main street, Ave Emir Abdelkader, and the main square, Pl du 1er Novembre.
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