NOTRE DAME D’AFRIQUE
The Notre Dame d’Afrique is a Catholic basilica in Algiers. The basilica was built around 1858 and it’s located on Bouzaréah plateau north of Algiers about 120m above sea level. It is one of the city’s most outstanding monuments and spiritual sites. The beautiful basilica, featuring a statue of the Virgin and walls filled with many small memorial plaques, was founded in 1872. The statue was crowned as ‘Queen of Africa’ by the Pope. This symbolic and religious building was designed by Jean Eugène Fromageau, an Algerian architect.
CASBAH OF ALGIERS
Visit the Casbah of Algiers in the remarkable old town area. It’s an important UNESCO world heritage site. This unique Islamic neighborhood that got its name from an Arabic word meaning “citadel” offers plenty for the site-seer. There are old palaces, mosques, Ottoman-style buildings, ancient water fountains and doors as well as the famed Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. The massive 16th century Citadel in the Casbah port area saved the city from various enemies and wars is a notable sight. See the series of cannons at 188m above sea level in Algiers’ stronghold.
JARDIN D’ESSAI (Garden of Test)
The picturesque Jardin d’Essai (Garden of Test) is the renowned public garden in Algiers and is the ideal place to stroll and unwind. The botanical gardens were established in 1832 with the aim of preserving and propagating all the country’s indigenous plants. The gardens are a popular spot for Algeria honeymoon picnics. Honeymooners come here to enjoy and relax in the diversity of nature as they stroll through a variety of exotic plants including the artistically lined enormous palms, sago palms and the South American-originating spiky yucca. These gardens are said to be the oldest of their kind in Algeria. The gardens also feature a restaurant.
To learn the history and ethnology of the place, visit the famed Bardo Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography. The Museum was built at the end of the 18th century as the country residence of a Tunisian prince exiled in Algiers.
The great museum features exhibits on prehistoric findings and ethnography as well as regional jewellery, leatherwork, costumes and weaponry as well as the city’s unique tin helmets. This beautiful Moorish style big structure also exhibits of rock carvings and paintings of horses and chariots from the Tassili-n-Ajer region. On a cultural tour in Algiers, tourists also get to explore the older artworks, tombs and treasures rescued from the soil in the country. Several medieval Islamic pottery pieces are also housed in the Museum. Tours to this museum offer truly inspiring experiences.
Djemaa el-Djedid, also known as the Pêcherie Mosque is the best-known inner city mosque and spiritual site. The mosque constructed in 1660, with many domes and tombs, is famous for its unusual Turkish design and style.
Explore the beauty, culture and treasures of Algeria by planning holidays in Algiers. Make the most of your Algiers tours by booking Algeria tour package and enjoy your North African trip.
Djebel Babor Nature Reserve
Nestled within the Djebel Babor Mountains, Djebel Babor Nature Reserve is a protected area in northern Algeria.Known for its breathtaking mountain scenery, the reserve consists principally of Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests, an eco-region found in the high North African mountain ranges. It changed status in 1985 from being a national park into a nature reserve. This unique eco-region is a prefect habitat for the Barbary Macaque, a rare monkey species which is considered to be threatened to extinction, as well as the Atlas Deer. The animals are rare species and the reserve visitors may be fortunate enough to catch sight of one or more of them.
Bird lovers should equally not miss visiting this eco-reserve. The plentiful birdlife has made it a prime destination for the ardent birding enthusiasts. Birds which may be spotted in the reserve include great spotted woodpecker, rock dove, nightjar, jay, spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher, wood pigeon and the hawfinch.
- Bird watching
- Nature Walks
- Primates Tracking
El Kala National Park
Established in 1983, El Kala National Park is one of the most diverse national parks in Algeria. It lies in the extreme north-east of the country. It stretches over an area of 76438ha and is bounded on the east by the border between Algeria and Tunisia, on the north by sea, on the west by Cape Rosa, on the south by the foothills of El Ghorra djebel.
The park is composed of a mosaic of forest, lake and ocean dune, giving it a high biological value and environmental cooperation within the Mediterranean basin. It is a great destination for nature conservationists because of its unique ecosystems that consist of a marine ecosystem, mountains, dense woodlands, picturesque forests and numerous lakes. This unique ecosystem earned it a Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO in 1990.
The extensive ecosystems within the park have created great habitats for wildlife habitation. Approximately 87,000 varieties of animals and birds of which many are on the endangered list have been recorded here.
For avid bird watchers, El Kala National Park has a great number of bird watching towers and younger visitors will enjoy exploring the mini-zoo and eco-museum. Creating these facilities and promoting the biodiversity of the park has seen an increase in foreign visitors, but the park aims to create a larger tourism opportunity. water birds
- Guided tours
- Bird Watching
- Forest Walks