Algiers, Algeria

Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria. It is situated on a bay of the Mediterranean Sea and is an important port. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the steep hill behind the modern town and is crowned by the casbah or citadel, 122 metres (400 ft) above the sea. The casbah and the two quays form a triangle.

Attractions in Algiers include the Monument des Martyrs, an iconic concrete monument commemorating the Algerian war for independence, the Notre Dame d;Afrique, the El Jedid mosque near the port and a number of other sites.

Things to See & Do

* Monument of Martyrs
* The Casbah – ancient city
* Mosques
* Waterfront area
* Aquafortland

General Information

Cruise Season – Oct - May
Currency – Algerian dinar (DZD)
Language – Berber
Population – 3,574,000 approx
Land Area – 1,190 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 213

Port Location – The port of Algiers is located in its harbour.

Transport Links – Houari Boumediene Airport is located 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Algiers: the airport is named after former Algerian president Houari Boumediene. The airport is the home base of the flag-carrier Air Algerie which serves the most important Algerian cities (such as Oran, Annaba, Tammanrasset, Skikda, Tlemcen, Constantine) several times daily. There also many connections to African capitals such as Bamako, Cairo, Abidjan, Dakar, Tunis, and Ouagadougo.

Algiers Central Train Station is located near the city centre. The station offers regular services to major Algerian cities such as Oran, Annaba, and Constantine.

La Gare Routiere, Algiers's central bus terminus, located in the commune of Hussein Dey (about 7-10 min drive from downtown), offers a plethora of bus services to most major Algerian cities and towns.

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