Northern Algeria’s various urban hubs make fascinating destinations for adventurous city lovers. Oran is a port city with extraordinary 20th-century architecture and an easy Mediterranean vibe. Inland, there’s medieval Tlemcen, former Islamic capital and with some of the more impressive buildings in the country. On the east coast, Annaba possesses a pretty, seaside melancholy and has a significant Roman site, Hippo Regius, the home of Christian church father St Augustine. Constantine, a bustling inland city, is known for its spectacularly spanned gorges and large student population.
The stand-out attractions of the north, however, are the Roman cities of Tipaza, a short day trip from Algiers, and Djemila and Timgad, two of the most breathtaking and best-preserved Roman cities in the world. A visit to these two sites is more akin to pilgrimage than mere sightseeing.