Algeria It is one of the most developed countries in Africa, and not only for its tourism potential. 65% of its population is under 25 years old and everything points to the quality of life of Algerians going to increase in the next five years, for which they will have to squeeze the beauty of their territory in order to attract tourists mainly Europeans.
It is in the north of the continent, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and has the privilege of being the largest country in Africa, despite being the ninth most populous. Its most important cities are unknown to the vast majority. Algiers sounds a lot to us and little else, partly thanks to those geography classes that required us to know the capitals of the world.
Unlike what happens with other important cities in Africa, such as Cairo, Marrakesh or Casablanca, Algiers is not very popular at a tourist level. It's hard to see the name of the capital of Algeria in a travel agency, even though it is a city worth exploring for several days.
It is the largest city in the country and has a population that far exceeds two million inhabitants. It is known as «White Algiers»For the bright white of the houses located a few meters from the Mediterranean Sea, which is why it came to be considered one of the most romantic cities in the Arab world.
Although the part corresponding to the old city is still preserved, it has been able to renovate itself to become a modern capital that in 1992 was considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Located in the northwest of Algeria, also on the shores of the Mediterranean, it has a population of around 700,000 inhabitants. They are much less than in Algiers, but it is a considerable number. It has a university, a commercial port and a very popular shopping center. In addition, in the old quarter you can see a citadel and a mosque dating from the 17th century.
Two of its main attractions are the Ahmed Zabana National Museum and the Fort of Santa Cruz. From the latter you can see fantastic views of Oran.
It is also very close to the coast, although in this case in northeast Algeria. Its population exceeds half a million inhabitants and we could say that it is a city with a lot of life.
We must highlight the Sidi Rached Bridge, which became the tallest stone bridge in the world with 107 meters from its highest point, and also the Emir Abdelkader Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques on the planet. On the other hand, it is also recommended to visit the Monument Aux Morts of Constantine, from where there are beautiful views.
Also in the northeast and on the coast, about 400,000 people live in Annaba, who are neighbors of the Tunisians. It was founded in 1295 a. C., so it is one of the oldest cities in Algeria. In fact, archaeological sites dating back to prehistory have even been found, confirming that homo erectus lived there since the Upper Palaeolithic.
In Annaba there are beaches that are very good, such as Plage Djenen El Bey or Ain Achir Beach, so it is not surprising that it is a very attractive destination for those who live in the north of the African continent.
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With just over 300,000 inhabitants, Batna also deserves to be on this list of the most important cities in Algeria. It is also in the north of the country and it must be said that it is relatively new, since it was founded by the French in 1844 as a military camp.
Having less than 300,000 inhabitants does not prevent it from being one of the essential cities when drawing a route through the north of the country. It is only 45 kilometers from Algiers and is a modern city with a French character surrounded by orchards and gardens.
The Plaza de las Armas is one of the places that must be visited, yes or yes, the same thing that can be said about the Chrea National Park, ideal to disconnect.
Its 250,000 inhabitants are also in the north of the country, although in this case about 300 kilometers from the capital. It is known for being the city where the protests of May 8, 1945 began, which were the prelude to the Algerian War of Independence.
What to see in Sétif? Its shopping center, its Italian-style fountain called Ain El Fouara and the Sétif Museum.
Just over 200,000 inhabitants in this city in northern Algeria, which is about 200 kilometers from Algiers. It is very close to the coast and owes its name to the cheliff river.
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