The cosmopolitan city of Algiers overlooking the Bay of Algiers is renowned for its white buildings. The modern North African city greets its travelers with a fine blend of old and new structures standing besides each other. With bustling markets, lively people, Mediterranean in the front, scenic hills and vast farmlands behind, Algiers is indeed one of the most exhilarating destinations in Algeria.
The rich archeological and historical heritage along with vibrant culture and natural landscapes ranks Algiers amongst the most preferred travel and tourism destinations. The city during the 16th century served as one of the most successful Barbary pirate bases and was also the most esteemed French colonies as well. The rich historical past of Algiers is noticeable in its numerous landmarks and popular tourist attractions. Some of the top places of tourist interest in Algiers include Casbah, botanical gardens and zoo, museums, art galleries, colonial style buildings and richly decorated mosques and palaces.