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Algiers (الجزائر) is the capital of Algeria in North Africa.
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Points of Interest in Algiers
- Monument of Martyrs (in city center).
- La Grande Poste.
- Aquafortland is an area attraction as well as Monument des Martyrs.
The Casbah is the ancient city, dating to the 17th century. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Ketchaoua Mosque. Built in 1794 by the Dey Baba Hassan.
- El Djedid Mosque. Built in 1660 during the Turk reign.
- El Kebir Mosque. Oldest mosque in the Casbah.
Algiers is a port city on a bay in the Mediterranean first settled over 1000 years ago. It is a large city with a population of over 3 million.
While downtown Algiers looks modern, the capital is struggling to keep up with rapid growth. The standard of living for many of its population is poor. Algiers has also been marred by violence in the past decade. A civil war which started in 1991 destroyed much of the country. In recent times things (in Algiers at least) have returned to normal. Substantial reconstruction of the infrastructure has taken place and is still ongoing.
Algiers is known locally as El-Djazaïr and the residents speak Berber, Arabic and French.
Algiers is not a considered a popular tourist destination and the US State Department does warn against travel to certain other parts of the country. In Algiers, most of the interesting sights are in the old part of the city known as the Casbah or Medina. The travelers that do make it to Algiers are impressed with the very friendly and hospitable people. The many old French buildings, the promenade along the seafront and the food also get good ratings.
There are several restaurants in the Bois des Arcades area. This is the hill 0.5km South East of the big Martyrs memorial. Particularly good views over Algiers and the coast can be found from here. The hill is also a woodland, so is a nice area for walking too.
- Al Boustan Restaurant (El Boustene), Bois des Arcades Riadh El Feth. Panoramic restaurant overlooking Algiers. The restaurant is modern and very smart. An outdoor terrace offers the best views of Algiers and the coast. Food is excellent and fine Algerian wine is served.
In recent years, Algeria has resumed the production of wines. Algeria was famous for the production of particularly fine red wines. The new production is also of very high quality and will be appreciated by wine aficionados. It is rarely found on the international market. Locally produced beer is good quality. Alcohol is readily available in hotels, good restaurants and shops.
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