Africa is an amazingly diverse and beautiful continent. Some other North African countries like Egypt or Morocco are already known by most people in the world and probably some of your friends have already told you how delightful their vacation was in one of Tunisia’s all-inclusive resorts. But Algeria has always been off of travelers’ radar. If you have a free spot on your bucket list, fill it with Algeria, as in this post, we’ll talk about the top 10 reasons why you should visit Algeria at least once in your life.
1- The Largest Country In Africa
After Sudan split into two countries, Algeria gained the title of the largest country in Africa and the 10th-largest country in the world. And being one of the biggest countries in the world means lots of diversity.
2- Algerian Beaches Are The Best
Having a long coastline along the Mediterranean makes Algeria an amazing beach destination in Africa. Algerian beaches are gorgeous and warm year-round, and the bonus part is that despite most other beaches in the Mediterranean, Algeria’s beaches are not jam-packed with tourists who are escaping Europe’s cold winters.
3- Algerian Cuisine
one of the best things about visiting Algeria is authentic Algerian cuisine that is a mixture of North African, French, Turkish, and Italian cuisine. Each region in Algeria has its own unique dishes, so make sure you try as many dishes as possible, otherwise, you’ll regret it after your Algerian journey is over. The good news is that Algerian cuisine has a lot of dishes for vegetarians and vegans too.
4- Algerian Cities Will Amaze You
There’s this cliche about Algeria (Africa and the Middle East in general) is that it’s a big desert where people are roaming around with camels, not knowing that Algerian cities are developed and thriving with trains, buses, and perfect roads that connect different cities in Algeria.
Since Algeria was under Europe’s influence for such a long time, when walking in the streets of Algerian cities, you feel like you’re in an upscale random European city. Algeria is home to some of the safest and cleanest cities in Africa.
5- Historic Sites
If you’re a history lover, you don’t want to skip Algeria. Walking in the streets of Algiers, Oran, and Constantine is like visiting a magical museum for free. From the Casbah with its Moorish Palaces and old Ottoman-style mosques to Haussmann and French-colonial style architecture, Algeria is the place to go if you’re interested in history.
6- No Other Tourists Around
As mentioned earlier, for some unknown reasons, Algeria is not on many travelers’ bucket lists which could be used to your advantage. You can travel in Algeria for days and be the only international tourist there. It feels more special when you see that you’re experiencing something amazing that only a few other people had.
7- Algerian people
The best thing about visiting Algeria is its people. Everyone is always smiling at others that you’d think it’s the national smiling day in Algeria year-round! Also, don’t get surprised if people invite you over to their homes and Algerians are very hospitable and nice. They would easily invite you over for a cup of mint tea or even a meal.
An average Algerian would usually speak at least two languages of Arabic and French fluently and they also have a good understanding of Turkish, Spanish, and English.
8- Algeria Is Very Safe
Despite its neighbors like Libya, Algeria is a very safe country where you’d feel secure all the time. There are also low health concerns in Algeria which makes it even easier to travel worry-free in Algeria.
9- Road Trips In Algeria
Algerian roads are in splendid condition and they connect all of the cities. That’s not the only reason why you should do a road trip in Algeria thou. Being one of the largest natural gas and oil exporters in the world, gasoline is very cheap and affordable in Algeria with just $0.35 (€0.30) per liter or $1.35 (€1.14) per gallon. Then, what are you waiting for?!
Being one of the largest countries in the world means that there are a lot of different cultures, ethnicity, and cuisines in Algeria. You could see different skin colors from white, to brown, and black, all calling themselves Algerian. And the best part is that there’s no such thing as racism in Algeria.