Introduction to Algiers, Algeria
Built close to the Mediterranean coast, the bustling Algerian capital has lots of appeal. The most interesting area is the older part, hidden behind the hills. In the old quarter you can seek out the remains of the citadel, ancient mosques and palaces, as well as traditional shops and stalls.
Home to over 3.5 million people, Algiers - the capital of Algeria - is one of the regions most vibrant and busy cities - a popular location for tourists and locals alike. The city centre has various historic monuments including the Notre Dame d’Afrique and Grand Post Office to visit and explore, along with a range of bars and restaurants serving local cuisine and produce.
Modern Algiers is built close to the Mediterranean coast, but the more interesting older part – crowned by the Kasbah – climbs the hill behind the new town. In the old quarter are the remains of the citadel, as well as ancient mosques and palaces from the Ottoman era.
Several beaches and popular tourist spots are a short distance away from the city centre, and our strong recommendation would be to participate in our organised shore tour programme. Guests participating in our own programme are then covered by a collective visa arranged upon arrival. However, guests wishing to go ashore independently would need to apply for a visa via the Algerian Embassy prior to sailing. The port itself is some distance from the city centre and without a recognised transport service.
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