Visit Algeria's Top Attractions with Expert Algeria

According to the Washington Post, Algeria is a "continent all in itself" - and Expert Algeria devises cultural and historical tours and holidays the length and breadth of the country, from the Mediterranean to the Sahara.

The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is a vast country - the world's tenth largest nation, and although we have an extensive Mediterranean coastline, 90 per cent of our land is desert.

Guests enjoy a walk across the Sahara with Expert Algeria travel agency There are the towering dunes of the great eastern sand sea, the Grand Erg Oriental; the ochres, greens, blues and whites of the pentapolis town of Ghardaia and the "one-eyed women" of Beni Isguen; the thousand-domed city of El Oued with its extra-ordinary camel market; and the isolated, intoxicating tranquility of the deep south - whether it's Djanet and the Tassili or Tamanrasset and the Hoggar.

But we are equally proud of the cultural treasures of our towns and cities... and perhaps even prouder of our UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Most of Expert Algeria's circuits, which last from three days to three weeks, are made to measure - and are accompanied by expert, English-speaking  guides.

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One of the Mediterranean's most captivating cities, a fascinating fusion of faded French grandeur and neo-Moorish folly crowned by a legendary casbah.
Rough coast off Annaba, northern Algeria
Annaba is famed for its colonial architecture, the rugged headland of Cap de Garde and the extensive remains of Hippo Regius, home to St Augustine.
Beni Hammad
Flowers at Beni Hammad
Set in a mountainous site of extraordinary beauty, the fortified ruins of the first capital of the Hammadid emirs provide an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city.
Beni Isguen
Beni Isguen is a highly religious settlement that has keenly preserved its erstwhile  architecture and ancient traditions, which foreigners are kindly asked to respect.
Bridge in Constantine
Constantine, "Capital of Arab Culture", city of bridges, boasts a fine museum as well as the delightful Palace of Ahmed Bey and a handful of undiscovered mosques.
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The oasis town of Biskra, a hub between north and south, is celebrated  for its Tolga dates, and gives a first taste of the Sahara desert - it was also  once a fortified outpost of the Roman empire.
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Djanet lies in the extreme south of the Sahara, a land of scarcely credible rock formations, huge dunes, ksars, oases, palm groves, green  gueltas and natural springs.
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One of the world's most beautiful Roman ruins, the ancient streets of Djemila are lined with two fora and a clutch of elaborate houses, churches and temples.
El Oued
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The "city of a thousand domes" is one of the most bustling and colorful towns to be found anywhere in the Algerian Sahara - especially on market day!
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A remote canyon in the heart of the Sahara with sheer-sided cliffs, dense vegetation... and the crystal-clear waters of a desert stream.
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Four hundred miles south of Algiers, in a hostile natural environment, the Mozabites have managed to construct a society that is strict but close-knit, devout but not fundamentalist.
Hippo Regius
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The ruins of ancient Hippo Regius are among the most evocative in Algeria, stretching across a rolling site and overlooked by the colonial Basilica of St Augustine.
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To climb to the peak of lofty Assekrem in the Hoggar desert as night falls is to witness one of the Algerian Sahara's most beautiful and mesmerising sunsets.
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Ancient Lambaesis boasts a Temple of Aesculapius, a fine Capitolium, a set of baths, an Arch of Severus and the praetorium of the Third Augustan Legion.
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The M'Zab, located nearly four hundred miles south of the capital Algiers and 750 miles north of Tamanrasset, capital of the Hoggar, is the absolute center of the desert.
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The little-known ruins of Madauros were once the home of Apuleius, author of the bawdy Golden Ass, include a Roman mausoleum and a vast Byzantine fortress.
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Relaxed, dynamic and Mediterranean, Oran is the home of Rai, Yves Saint Laurent and a strong Spanish population, with some fine colonial architecture in the town center.
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The Rhouffi - or Ghoufi -  canyon lies between the mountains and desert, and is lined with gardens of fruit and palm trees, a wadi and houses built into the rock.
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From the rock arches, gueltas and dunes of Tadrart, to the ancient kingdom of the M'Zab, the vast expanses of the Algerian Sahara intoxicate every visitor.
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Once visited by the explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, the Tadrart is dotted with gueltas, pre-historic rock paintings, strange rock formations and virgin dunes.
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The desert town of Taghit is known for its mountainous dunes and 11th century ksar. Close by are the rock carvings of Tahtania, perhaps up to 20,000 years old.
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The Tuareg capital "Tam" is close to the massive volcanic field of Atakor, the jagged Saharan peak of Tizouyag and the guelta - pocket of water - at Afilal.
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Algeria's mountainous Tassili region is distinguished by its towering dunes of sand, its sheer-sided canyons and its beguiling "forests of rock".
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The frontier town of Tebessa boasts some impressive Roman ruins as well as a colorful former French market and a warren of animated streets.
Tiddis in Algeria
Roman Tiddis clings in splendid isolation to the side of an ochre mountain just outside Constantine, and boasts all the trappings of a Roman town in miniature.
Roman theatre at Timgad
Timgad, the "Pompeii of Africa", was constructed under Trajan as a bulwark against the Berbers and still represents the epitome of Roman urban planning.
Palm trees in Timimoun
Deep in the Grand Erg Occidental, an enchanting oasis of red mud buildings studded with wooden spikes and surrounded by ancient villages.
Ruins at Tipasa
Mediterranean Tipasa, once such an inspiration to Albert Camus, houses Phoenician, Roman, paleo-Christian and Byzantine remains.
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Tlemcen was once one of the most powerful cities in the Maghreb, and its Grand Mosque remains one of North Africa's most significant Islamic landmarks.