The Roman ruins of Timgad, jagged and desolate mountain peaks in the Ahaggar Range, vast expanse of the Sahara, and superb beaches like the curved strand in Jijel portray Algeria as a land of contrasts. As the largest country in Africa, Algeria is more easily traversed by airplane, and cheap flights to Algeria can be found from many European hubs with connections to the United States. Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG) serves as a hub for domestic flights and is the starting point of most visits to the country.
Flights to Algeria
Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG) is spacious and modern; there are two passenger terminals handling flights to Algeria with coffee shops, restaurants, banks, and duty-free shopping. Taxi fares from the airport to the center of Algiers cost around $12, and the 13-mile trip should take about 20 minutes. Buses, car rentals, the Metro line, and airport shuttles are also available. Nearby, the Jardin d'Essai du Hamma is a wonderful spot to unwind with its replicas of English and French gardens and a small zoo.
Attractions in Algeria
Algiers is the capital and city where most cheap flights to Algeria arrive. Like many cities in North Africa, it has a casbah or walled citadel. Narrow alleys, evocative architecture, historic mosques, and little shops provide endless distractions, and the better part of a day can be spent exploring the area. There are a number of museums in the city such as the Musée National du Bardo that explores the country’s history and art. The Zoo de Ben Aknoun is a nice place to wander, featuring desert foxes, camels, ibex, and other African species.
Visitors can stroll through the 2,000-year-old streets of Timgad, a sprawling city in the Aurès Mountains built by the Romans. An on-site museum preserves more than 200 mosaics that once decorated the area. The city of Constantine occupies a spectacular place at the top of a mountain with bridges suspended over narrow, river-filled gorges. Desert tribes such as the Tuareg offer camel treks into the Sahara, and the trip of several days includes hand-cooked meals and the exploration of sites like the remote city of Tamanrasset and the mountains of Tassili n'Ajjer with their ancient rock art.
Travel Tips for Algeria
Those who take flights to Algeria should know that the northern part of the country enjoys a Mediterranean climate with balmy temperatures and regular rainfall. Summer highs in this region hover in the 70s while winter temperatures fall into the 50s. Temperatures in the arid expanse of the Sahara to the south rise dramatically with daytime highs above 100 degrees.
A yearly International Music Festival in the ancient city of Timgad is a highlight of July, and the Sahara International Film Festival in May is considered the most remote of its kind in the world.
The Mediterranean influences on Algeria’s cuisine manifest in flavorful pasta dishes and baguettes while popular dishes like couscous and tajine reflect a North African heritage. Pastries like baklava and ktayef satisfy a sweet tooth accompanied by mint tea or coffee. Dinner for two will cost around $35 in a mid-range restaurant.
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