A trip to Algiers demands exploration of the Kasbah – a bustling warren of shops, cafés and monuments. Here, the smell of coffee mingles with the pungent aromas of spices sold from the shops tucked away in the twisting streets. The Kasbah is also the place to find one of the last remaining examples of 14th-century architecture, in the imposing Great Mosque of Algiers.
Nearby is Maqam Echahid, an exquisite monument built in the shape of three, upstanding palm leaves. It was built in 1982, in commemoration of the Algerian War of Independence. For a serene intermission, head for Le Jardin d’Essai du Hamma, a beautiful recreation area designed for people-watching.
Sending postcards from Algiers is an experience in itself, as the post office (La Grande Poste d’Alger) is an architectural wonder, worthy of its own postcard.