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Cheap Flights to Algeria

The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, just off the Mediterranean coast. Its capital, Algiers, is its commercial center and most populous city. The country is the 10th largest country in the world, comprised with 90% desert and measuring some 2.4 million square kilometers. It is the largest country in Africa and in the Mediterranean, and is bordered by the countries of Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger, while bordered to the North by the blues of the Mediterranean.

Today's Algerian territory was the home to many prehistoric cultures, including Aterian and Caspian and the Proto-Imaziyen cultures. It has also seen various empires and dynasties, including ancient Amaziv Numidians, Phoenecians, lybio-Pubic Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arab Umayyads, Arab Abbasids, Multi-Ethnic Fatimids, Amaziv Hammamids, Almoravids, Almohads, Ottomans, and the French colonial Empire. In the recent years, the “Desert Belt,” which includes Algeria and Morocco, has experienced 'identity crisis', due to the various influences that have touched the land as well as transfers of power from European and African powers. 

In the tourism helm, the country is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Africa, owing it to the fact that it is home to a diverse landscape – a birthright and a privilege shared by African countries. Deserts, waters, and savannas are all present here. 

What to see & do

Casbah– a steep and narrow maze of streets just west of the Pl des Martyrs, Casbah is an interesting neighborhood filled with Ottoman influences: the Ketchaoua Mosque in place magnificently at the end of Rue Ahmed Bouzrina, a medina, and the Citadel – making it more traditional and authentic – is just lovely. It is conveniently found in Algiers, the capital of the country, so travelers may access the said village with ease. 

Hippo Regius Ruins– yet another glimpse of the country's past, the Ruins of Hippo Regius is an amazing sight to behold. Lines of pillars and remnants of structures lay idly on the ground, mingling with greeneries and are obviously abandoned. There is a prevailing chill when coming here – as if it can sense the traveler's arrival. The ruins are found in Annaba, a city in Algeria. 

Djemila– Djemila may look like a quick detour in Northern Algeria, but stay longer and experience the best of Algeria in just a small site. Linger in the temples and markets, stroll through the olden bath chambers, or just lie down on one of the pavements or in the shade of villa walls where the magic of the place can be felt and understood. Explore the museum, where many tombstones and other funerary sculptures can be found, as well as mosaics such as the 10-meter long Mosaic of the Donkey, which shows a huge range of local animals and is considered one of the greatest North African mosaics inspired by the legend of Dionysos (Dionysus, the god of grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theater, and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology).

Constantine– although the new city of Constantine spreads down across the plain below the old battlements, it has not lost sight of its origins. Described by Dumas as “a fantastic city, something like Gulliver's flying island,” Constantine's sense of fantasy has still not left the area, even after several revamps. It is a cosmopolitan place, which, over the centuries, has attacked traders as well as invaders from around the Mediterranean including Jews from France and Spain, Ottoman Turks, Genoese, and others. From the 16th century, after the Turks conquered much of what is now Algeria and the city has lost most of its sights, the city still has a 'special' trait that can never be taken away from it. Go and visit the area and check on the city that has become both a battlefield and a refuge of cultures. 

How to get around

Rental cars, taxis, and train lines can all be utilized when traveling around Algeria, especially when transferring from one city to another. Travelers are advised to be vigilant though, as wandering in the city can be somewhat dangerous. 

How to get there

The Houari Boumediene Airport is the airport serving Algiers, the capital of Algeria. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air Algeria, Air France, Air Malta, Air Mediterranee, Alitalia, British Airways, and many others. For cheap flights, check out Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online source of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.

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