Attractions

Top Choice Area in Algiers

Casbah

The heart of the city is its ancient Casbah, a steep and narrow maze of streets just west of the Pl des Martyrs. There are several magnificent Ottoman palaces to explore here, most concentrated around the Djemaa Ket…
Top Choice Museum in Algiers

National Museum of Antiquities

The richness of Algeria’s heritage is brought home in this museum. The collection of antiquities is drawn from sites around the city and throughout Algeria. Among the early works are fine ivory carvings and large, t…
Historic Site in Algiers

Dar Hassan Pacha

Carrying the name of its original owner, Dar Hassan Pacha, this is one of the city's grandest mansions. The building now houses a collection of illuminated manuscripts and contemporary calligraphy by artists from ac…
Museum in Algiers

Bardo Museum of Prehistory & Ethnography

The Bardo, which focuses on the prehistory of Algeria, is one of the best museums in Algiers. The collection is well-displayed with videos, models and excellent diagrams and information panels (in French) that revea…
Museum in Algiers

Palais des Raïs

This palace is in fact a row of several large waterfront houses, joined to form a single compound. It is now home to the Centre des Arts et de la Culture, which hosts some excellent art and photographic exhibitions …
Historic Building in Algiers

Grande Poste

Algier's beloved main post office is an unmissable piece of living history, a fine example of French-designed early 20th-century Moorish architecture. Look out for what is possibly the world’s most exquisitely decor…
Museum in Algiers

Museum of Popular Arts & Traditions

This museum is the most accessible of the buildings one can visit in the Casbah. It is housed in a fine example of an Ottoman-period town house, the Dar Khedaoudj el-Amia, which follows the classic town house plan, …
Gardens in Algiers

Jardin d'Essai

These bayside botanical gardens date to the first years of French occupation and today they are a sprawling natural hothouse. It's a place of outstanding beauty with avenues of palms and stands of exotic trees. To e…
Mosque in Algiers

Djemaa Ketchoua

Of all the mosques in central Algiers, the Djemaa Ketchoua has had the most turbulent history. Its date of construction is estimated as being around the beginning of the 17th century. Its name translates as place or…
Mosque in Algiers

Djemma Ali Bitchine

The Djemma Ali Bitchine, which dates to 1622, is a mosque with an unusual domed design clearly influenced by Italian or Byzantine churches. That it should be so is perhaps less of a surprise when you learn that it w…