The Capital City of Algeria, Algiers is a widely populous city with a population over 3 million. Located on the western reaches of the Mediterranean Bay, the City of Algiers is clearly recognized at sea by its stark white buildings that line the bay. Steeped in Mediterranean history, Algiers is a history buffs paradise. The old city which sits atop a hill offers many culturally significant structures for the intrepid traveller to gaze upon. The climate of Algiers is mild and warm, with the sea helping to moderate the temperature. Algiers is a centre of religious harmony with people of all races and cultures coexisting peacefully in the same city. The city is divided into the two main areas; the old and the new. The new city is built around the bay and houses all government offices, commercial zones and shopping centres. Both local and international chains have their outlets in the new city. The Algiers street markets offer tourists a true taste of the Algiers culture and taste. It is best place to buy souvenirs and other nostalgic items.
Things to see in the capital include the Jardin d’Essai du Hamma Park which was built in the 1800’s, the Martyrs Memorial, the Grand catholic church otherwise known as the Notre Dame D’Afrique, numerous Mosques and the Museum of Fine arts which houses a large collection of art from around the world.
Easiest way to travel is through the public transport system using the buses and trains. These are very cheap and efficient.
The currency used in Algiers is the Algerian Dinar
Be sure to try the Hariri, which is a hearty soup, Mechoui which is a roast dish, roasted in a spit and open flame.
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