One of the Mediterranean's most mesmerising cities, the Algerian capital is a captivating mélange of faded French grandeur and neo-Moorish folly crowned by a legendary casbah.
Nestling undisturbed among palm trees on the shores of the Mediterranean, Tipasa once served as an inspiration to Albert Camus, and is one of Africa's most splendid Roman sites.
Set within the deepest reaches of the Algerian Sahara, Tadrart is dotted with gueltas, pre-historic rock paintings, strange rock formations and lofty dunes of virgin sand.
The Roman world's only serious rival to Leptis Magna, Djemila's forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches and houses delight even the most seasoned Classical traveller.
M'ZAB AND GHARDAIA
Surrounded by desert, Ghardaia has retained the primitive flavour of a land unpolluted and even spurned by tourism. But it is here that the Sahara begins.
DJANET AND TASSILI
Whitewashed Djanet, encircled by desert mountains, is the gateway to a Saharan landscape of towering sand dunes, sheer-sided canyons and beguiling "forests of rock" - the Tassili.
Relaxed, dynamic and welcoming, the sites of Mediterranean Oran include the Bey's Palace, the 14th century fort of Merinid Sultan Abou Hassan and some fine colonial architecture.