Must see attractions in Algeria

  • Top ChoiceSights in Timgad

    Timgad

    One of the finest Roman sites in existence, the ruins of Timgad stretch almost as far as the eye can see over a plain that in winter is cold and desolate and in summer hot and tinder-dry. Its perfect preservation has made it a Unesco World Heritage Site – take the time to walk around slowly, inhabit the place and Timgad will spring to life.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Djemila

    Djemila

    The spectacular ruined Roman town of Djemila (or Cuicul as it was then known) is small enough to breeze around in half a day. But spend longer here, linger in the temples and markets, stroll through the bath chambers, or just lie down in the shade of villa walls and conjure up the sounds and sensations of those long gone days; one of the world's great archaeological sites will come alive.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Annaba

    Hippo Regius

    The vast ruins of the ancient Roman city of Hippo Regius, also known as Hippone, are among the most evocative in Algeria, stretched across a rolling site, full of flowers, rosemary, olive trees, birds and sheep, and overlooked by the imposing, colonial-era Basilica de Saint Augustine.

  • Sights in Batna

    Lambaesis

    Lambaesis once served as the capital of Roman Numidia and was, for a long time, the partner and sometime rival of nearby Timgad. Yet the site has disappeared from most itineraries and, if seen by visitors at all, it is usually glimpsed from the window of a car or bus as they shuttle between Batna and Timgad. A shame because this is a quiet, melancholic site that in the spring is ablaze in wild flowers.

  • Sights in Djemila

    Djemila Museum

    Djemila Museum, which is within the ruins complex, is best visited before the ruins. It contains many of the wonders dug out of the ground here but the real highlight are the extraordinary number of beautiful mosaics (around 1700 sq metres of them, which together cover all the floors and walls of the museum). Among their number are some considered to be among the finest yet found in North Africa.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Tipaza

    Tipasa Archaeological Park

    The founders of Tipasa (as Tipaza was known during the Roman era) obviously had an eye for aesthetics. The town rolls gently downhill through pine trees to a small beach and a blue silvered sea. It's this natural beauty, as much as the honey-toned sandstone walls, the amphitheatre where naval battles were re-enacted and the remnants of markets where fish were gutted and sold, that really makes Tipasa stand out as one of North Africa's finest Roman sites.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Setif

    Sétif Museum

    This central museum is one of the better museums in Algeria and it alone justifies a stop in Sétif. Displays are well laid out, lit and labelled (in French). There are cabinets filled with pottery and lamps from Roman Sétif, but the real stars are the mosaics in the ground floor central court, which are among the best you will see in Algeria.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Cherchell

    Cherchell Museum

    This museum houses some of the finest sculptures and mosaics in the country. Among the highlights are marble busts of the royal family of Juba II, a rare portrait of Juba's mother-in-law, the famous Cleopatra of Egypt, and a statue of a naked Apollo in white marble, a copy of a 5th-century BC Greek original. The collection of mosaics includes a scene of Odyssesus and his followers passing the sirens, and a remarkably vivid portrayal of agricultural scenes.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Constantine

    Tiddis

    Hovering on a barren mountain slope, some 30km from Constantine, the ruined Roman town of Tiddis is perhaps the most impressively situated of all Algeria's Roman sites. However, the ruins themselves are fairly weather beaten and cannot compare with some of the more famous Roman cities around these parts.

  • Top ChoiceSights 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 Ketchoua at the end of Rue Ahmed Bouzrina; the finest is the Dar Hassan Pacha.

  • Sights 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 reveal how the climate and environment of the region have changed over the eons and how that has affected human and wildlife development. There are lots of fossils, neolithic pottery, rock carvings and examples of Neanderthal paintings from the Sahara.

  • Sights 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 across North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Sights in Annaba

    Annaba Museum

    On the hill above the Hippo Regius site, this museum displays many of the treasures found there and elsewhere in the vicinity of the town. The ground floor has a good collection of sculpture including the Emperor Vespasian which was found in the Hippo Regius Forum. But the star piece of the museum is the unique 2.5m high Trophy, a bronze representation of a post on which is hung a cape and military armour.

  • Sights 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 as well as performing arts, but just as much pleasure can be had simply by exploring such a grand, Ottoman-period mansion.

  • Sights in Oran

    Djebel Murdjadjo

    Wherever you are in the city, there's no missing Murdjadjo, the wooded hill that dominates the skyline. The most obvious landmark is the fort of Santa Cruz, built by Spaniards in the late 16th century. The nearby Church of Santa Cruz (under renovation and closed at time of research) was built to commemorate the end of the 1849 cholera outbreak and is the scene of festivities each Easter. The best view of the city is from the hill's plateau

  • Top ChoiceSights 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, totemic Libyan-period warriors on horseback. There is sculpture from Cherchell and mosaics from Tipaza, a room of bronzes including a wonderful fragment of a horse’s leg and hoof, and an extraordinary 3rd-century figure of a chubby child holding an eagle to its chest.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Constantine

    National Museum Cirta

    Highlighting the numerous finds from excavations in and around Constantine and nearby Tiddis, there are some stunning pieces in this museum. The highlights include a seated terracotta figure from a 2nd-century BC tomb and an exquisite marble bust of a woman known as the 'beauty of Djemila'. Also worth finding is the beautifully cast bronze sculpture of winged 'Victory of Constantine', found by soldiers while excavating the streets of the Casbah in 1855.

  • Sights in Constantine

    Palace of Ahmed Bey

    The palace of Hajj Ahmed, the bey or ruler of Constantine from 1826, is one of the finest Ottoman-era buildings in the country. With a series of courtyards surrounded by tiled arcades, it is filled with gardens of palm and orange trees, and decorated with Tunisian and French tiles and murals depicting Ahmed's pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • Sights in Cherchell

    Roman Aqueduct

    A 10-minute drive east of Cherchell are the remains of a massive Roman-era aqueduct built by Juba II to bring water from a source 35km away. The 50m-high aqueduct is a three-level, slightly tapering structure that passes across a narrow gorge lined with olives and surrounded by orange groves. The aqueduct is visible from the road between Cherchell and Tipaza.

  • Sights in Annaba

    Basilica de Saint Augustine

    On a hill above the ruins of Hippo Regius, the Basilica de Saint Augustine was intended as a sign of France’s revival of past glory. The first stone was laid in 1881 and the basilica completed in 1900. It's been recently renovated and painted in primary colours. Beneath the soaring nave and huge arches, surrounded by Carrara marble, Grenoble stained glass and local onyx, lies a statue of Saint Augustine with a glass urn containing one of his arm bones.