Algerian tourism, very much like Libya, is most renowned for its historical ruins, particularly those from the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Timgad at Batna, Hippo Regius at Annaba, Djemila at Sétif, Calama at Guelma, and remains from all three dynasties at Tipasa are among the most renowned.
While the Roman remains are more well-known, Algeria’s biggest tourist attractions are in the Sahara; no other nation on the planet can match the variety of thrilling and unique experiences available in the vast desert. In the M’zab Valley, the crown gem is the epicenter of Mozabite culture. The five towns are linked by a magnificent architectural playground reminiscent of contemporary cubist and surrealist art. They have to be seen in person to be believed. The harsh, rugged Saharan Atlas mountains, the endless desert and Hoggar Mountains around the country’s desert capital of Tamanrasset, the massive dune field of the Grand Erg Oriental at El-Oued, and the ancient rock carvings of Djelfa and the Saharan National Park of Tassili N’Ajjer are among the country’s most impressive landscapes.
Algeria’s Mediterranean beaches are severely undeveloped, despite their great potential, due to the country’s terrible security situation, which has scared away almost all visitors. However, if you plan on being in the nation for a long, a little rest and relaxation will be in order at some time, and there is no need to travel to Tunisia. Beaches may be found at Oran (urban) on the Turquoise Coast, Annaba, and, in particular, Skikda and Ghazaouet. The seaside village of Sidi Fredj is definitely the place to visit near Algiers.
You may be shocked at how little there is to see in Algeria’s main cities—the country’s more exotic locations are a far greater attraction than its contemporary culture (stifled by war and dismal governance), Islamic history, and colonial past. Given its important position in the country’s economic, political, and cultural life, Algiers, the famous White City, is really a lot less touristy city than one would anticipate. However, because all tourists must pass through, the Casbah—Algiers’ ancient seventeenth-century heart—is well worth a visit. In the northwest, there are a few beautiful, more laid-back major cities, notably Oran, the country’s second largest city, and Tlemcen, the country’s ancient capital. Constantine is the only big city in the northeast that deserves to be on your itinerary.