Archive - February 2020

BÉJAÏA (بِجَايَة‎)

We have arrived in the late afternoon in a famous and liberal beach town Béjaïa. It is overlooked by the mountain Yemma Gouraya, whose profile is said to resemble a sleeping woman. The other day we met Ferhad – a very friendly and helpful local businessman, who showed us around the town...

JIJEL (جيجل‎)

We were driving with our friendly police escort through the Kabylie Hills to the coast. The first overnight we made in Jijel. We have parked next to the abandoned Kotama Hotel on the beach. Then we took a walk around in bad cloudy weather. Unfortunately, the beach is really dirty...

KABYLIE HILLS

We left Djemila sharp 14:00 with our armed police escort to Jejil. We drove steep and curvy roads of the Petite Kabylie hills. It is the mountainous area of the Bibans and the Babor Range, subranges of the Tell Atlas range bordering the Mediterranean. The Petite Kabylie is separated from...

DJEMILA (جميلـة)

A local police escort leads us through the great landscape to breathtaking ruins of Djemila. We have parked next to the entrance and rushed to the site. The huge archeological complex contains remains of the ancient Roman town of Cuicul. Tucked into the strikingly beautiful Petite Kabylie...

SÉTIF (سطيف‎)

Sétif is one of the oldest towns in Algeria spread on Hautes Plaines in the altitude of 1096 meters. But unfortunately, there is nothing to see. It is an industrial and commercial hub, anything that was built yesterday has been knocked down and replaced with something built today. The...

LAMBÈSE (تازولت)

We made shortstop in Lambèse on the way to Setif. The remains of the Roman town and camp are dominated by a praetorium (commandant’s house) dating from 268, the rest of the archeological site are ruins of two triumphal arches, temples, an aqueduct, an amphitheater, baths, and many private...

TIMGAD (تيمقاد)

Late afternoon, we have finally arrived in Timgad – one of the finest Roman sites listed in UNESCO. Since the Archeological site was just closing, we took a local tasty pea soup and some barbecue (600 DZD) in a nearby fast-food restaurant. We saw, that some police officers have...

MEDRACEN (إيمدغاسن)

On the way to Timgad, we made a short stop at The mausoleum of Medracen (entrance 80 DZD). It is located 25 kilometers north of Batna in northeastern Algeria. It is a beautiful massive conical structure set on top of a 20-meter-high drum that is nearly 60 meters in diameter. An entrance...

CONSTANTINE (قسنطينة‎)

After a long drive, we have reached Constantine, it was not easy to decide, where to park, but local police sent us to the huge busy bus station for an overnight. After that, we made some walk around the city during sunset and took our first local fast food dinner (2 meals and lemon juice...

SKIKDA (سكيكدة‎)

In the afternoon, we took a curvy and narrow road through the hilly and forested landscape to reach the coast of the Gulf of Stora. There is a long sandy beach along the natural Mediterranean coastline near Skikda. It is still a bit abandoned area with very little touristic infrastructure...