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Book a flight to Algiers with Qatar Airways and you’ll be introduced to a charismatic and charming city, boasting one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. If you’re looking to relax and soak up a rich culture, Algiers has as complex and vibrant a heritage as you’re likely to find anywhere. This is reflected in everything from the aromatic cocktail of coffee, mimosa and pine scents to the Ottoman palaces and the white colonial buildings that line the harbour.
Algiers is a fascinating city to visit and one that is relatively free of tourists, allowing you to soak up local life without the usual crowds. You can book a flight to Algiers, for an opportunity to explore a glorious city before it becomes a tourist hotspot.
You can’t take a trip to Algiers and not explore the Kasbah – a bustling warren of shops, cafés and monuments. Here, the smell of coffee intensifies, mingled with the pungent perfume of spices that are sold from shops, tucked away in the twisting streets. There, you’ll also find one of the last remaining examples of 14th Century architecture in the impressive form of the Great Mosque of Algiers.
Nearby, you’ll find Maqam Echahid, an astonishing monument built in the shape of three, upstanding palm leaves. This was built in 1982 as a testament to the Algerian war of independence. To discover more on your trip to Algiers, head to Le Jardin d’Essai du Hamma – spectacular and tranquil gardens where you can relax and watch the locals go about their business. La Grande Post d’Alger is an architectural feast for the eyes and makes sending postcards a real treat!
Travel to Algiers and you cannot help but visit the beach. As well as being where people go to relax, it’s also the spot where locals go to talk and interact. You’ll also find the crumbling remains of old fishermen’s houses, from a time when people used to live virtually on top of the water.
The crystal blue of the Mediterranean also offers superb opportunity for water sports, with exceptional visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving. However, if you’d prefer to stay dry, there are a number of theatres throughout the city, where you can catch a traditional play You’ll also find a large number of museums where you can learn more about the people, their history and culture.
A trip to Algiers is a must for anyone who enjoys food. Algerian cuisine is the result of many influences, spanning from the Roman and the Turks, through to the French and Spanish.
White bean stews, lamb sausages, honeyed pastries and sugared dates are all typical examples of what you can expect to eat. If you’re visiting during Ramadan, you’ll find many cafés and restaurants serving Bourek and the Chorba – a warming and sustaining soup used to break the fast.
Algiers is packed with street markets, giving you the opportunity to buy handmade goods at negotiable prices. Haggling is a way of life in the Kasbah and the markets, so be prepared to throw yourself in the deep end and have a go. Algerian markets are famous for their carpets, which are of outstanding quality, but you’ll also find a whole manner of goods, such as jewellery, leather ware and finely-dyed baskets. With music being such an important part of the culture, you’ll also find some stalls selling lutes and other musical instruments.
However, if you’re looking for high-end shopping, then your trip to Algiers should include a visit to the traditional Souks and the modern shopping malls, where you’ll find national brands, as well as international labels.
Flights to Algiers with Qatar Airways arrive at Houari Boumadiene Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Algiers please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Algerian Dinar (DZD)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F
Language: French / Arabic
International dialing code: +213