Algeria is a country in northern Africa, extending between the Mediterranean sea in the north and the Sahara desert in the south. With an area of 2.4 million km² it is the largest African country and the 10th largest country in the world. The north of Algeria is mountanous, with the Atlas mountain ranges running parallel to the coast. The Sahara desert starts south of the Atlas mountains and is mostly flat in Algeria except for a mountainous region in the south, the Hoggar mountains.
Algeria has been inhabited since prehistoric times. After the defeat of Carthage, Algeria became part of the Roman empire for 400 years. Islam spread into the country in the 7th century. Between the 12th and 16th century Algeria was ruled by the Almohad caliphate; after it became part of the Ottoman empire. Between 1830 and 1962 Algeria was a French colony.
Algeria has a population of 42 million inhabitants and its capital is Algiers, which is located in the north along the Mediterranean coast. Due to its large oil and gas reserves, it is a relatively wealthy country.
How to get to Algeria
It is possible to reach Algeria by plane or ferry from Europe.
Accommodation
Hotels are available, but only few of them are bookable via the international booking portals.
Algiers photo gallery  - 88 pictures of Algiers
Ghardaia photo gallery  - 47 pictures of Ghardaia
Oran photo gallery  - 86 pictures of Oran
88 photos of Algiers, the capital of Algeria
47 photos of Ghardaia, the main centre of the Mzab valley with its unique culture
86 photos of Oran, the 2nd largest city of Algeria on the Mediterranean coast
Djemila photo gallery  - 48 pictures of Djemila
Tlemcen photo gallery  - 80 pictures of Tlemcen
Tipasa photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Tipasa
48 photos of Djemila, the site of the ruins of an ancient Roman city in the Algerian mountains
80 photos of Tlemcen, a historic city in the Atlas mountains south of Oran
31 photos of Tipasa on the Algerian coast and of its ancient Roman ruins
Timimoun photo gallery  - 58 pictures of Timimoun
Beni Add caves photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Beni Add caves
58 photos of Timimoun, a desert town in the Gourara region of central Algeria at the southern end of the Grand Erg Occidental desert
31 photos of the 150 million years old Beni Add caves near Tlemcen
El Ourit waterfalls photo gallery  - 3 pictures of El Ourit waterfalls
Cherchell photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Cherchell
Ain Sefra photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Ain Sefra
3 photos of the El Ourit waterfalls near Tlemcen
11 photos of Cherchell, a small coastal city in Algeria with ancient Roman ruins
19 photos of Ain Sefra, a small city and oasis in the Ksour mountain range at 1000m of altitude
Western desert photo gallery  - 38 pictures of Western desert
38 photos of the Western Desert (Grand Erg Occidental). the second largest erg in Algeria
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