Welcome to Algiers

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Algiers should be approached from the sea, in order to fully embrace the vista of its 10-mile-wide amphitheater-shaped bay, the vaults of the Admiralty and the white facades along the waterfront with their blue shutters and balconies. From place des Martyrs (formerly place du Gouvernement), with its two large white mosques, you can explore the Haussmann city, particularly the Safir hotel, the Bab'Azoun arcades and the Grande Poste, an impressive neo-Moorish style building, which is reached by a boulevard inaugurated by Empress Eugénie.

Algiers, a city brought to life by its 4 million inhabitants, also has a rich past, revealed by its museums and the Casbah neighborhood. Many of the museums are themselves former palaces from the Ottoman period. The Bardo museum presents ethnographic and prehistoric collections, and the terrace of the National Museum of Fine Arts, with its rich oriental collections, overlooks the Jardin d’essai, the oldest in Africa. The maze of alleyways around the Casbah ascends to the ancient citadel of the Deys; Along the way, accompanied by a guide, you can visit a few of the inner courtyards; quite unexpected delights among the many facades awaiting much-needed renovation. The highlight of this visit will be the Ketchaoua mosque, in a neo-Moorish style, and the Dar Aziza palace, in an Ottoman style, that stands opposite. From the terrace of the palace your gaze falls onto the Place des Martyrs and the Casbah. A short distance from the center, overlooking the sea and the Bay of Algiers on a rocky promontory but accessible by cable car, Our Lady of Africa remains a strong symbol of the link between Christians and Muslims. This Roman-Byzantine style cathedral is considered the twin sister of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde in Marseille. For a little break in the heart of the city, you can enjoy an ice cream or a cake at the Milk Bar, opposite the equestrian statue of Emir Abdelkader. And don't miss the fish restaurants in the Pêcherie neighborhood: flavor and freshness are guaranteed.

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Algiers • Algeria

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