The capital city of Algeria lies on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea and has a rich history dating from Phoenician times. Given its sometimes violent history, this beautiful city offers an exciting travel destination for intrepid travellers. One of the main reasons people travel to Algiers, other than for business, is for the opportunity to experience a North African culture that remains relatively undiluted by tourism when compared to the likes of Marrakech and Tangiers. A key attraction the city has to offer is the beauty of its architecture and natural scenery which different cultures, including the Romans, Ottomans and French, have helped shape over the centuries. The city is affectionately nicknamed 'Algiers la blanche' (the white) in recognition of the stunning white buildings that shine in the sunlight. The Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see destination. Located in the northern part of the city, it is a living time-capsule that transports visitors back to the 16th century. Best explored with the help of a guide, many visitors spend an entire day simply exploring the narrow streets or sitting in one of the numerous cafes tasting the delicious Algerian coffee and lamb dishes on offer. Also located inside the Kasbah is the Great Mosque of Algiers. It is the oldest mosque in Algiers and its minarets are said to date from the early 1300s. Outside the Kasbah and representing the French influences on the city, Notre Dame d'Afrique is another very popular tourist destination. Overlooking the bay of Algiers, it was built in 1872 to provide a place of worship for Catholics.
When to fly to Algiers
Algiers doesn't have distinct low or high tourist seasons as such. However, during popular holidays and festivals, such as Independence Day on 5th July or during Muslim holidays, it may be more expensive or more difficult to book hotel accommodation. In terms of climate, Algiers is very similar to other destinations in the Mediterranean. During the months of June, July, August and September, the city enjoys an average high temperature of between 27 and 31 degrees, with August being the hottest month. In comparison, the months of November, December and January have average temperatures of between 16 and 20 degrees; January is the coolest month. In Algeria, the weekend falls on a Friday and Saturday.