So when I was told I was going to spend the day in Algiers Algeria I was so excited. I knew so little about this huge country on the north coast of Africa, I then found out we were going to be the first cruise ship to stop in Algiers in over twenty years. This was going to be a special day I could just feel it. It has been an exciting few days, especially after visiting Melila.
Arriving in Algiers
Due to visa restrictions you were only allowed to enter Algiers if you were taking part in group excursions. There was plenty to choose from, I decided to visit Makam Echahid monument and Algiers’ botanical gardens. Once I got on the tour bus I was surprised to see we had two police escorts, but it became very apparent why. The traffic was intense, the bus driver had to force his way between lanes and up the hill to the Makam Echahid.
The Makam Enchahid
The Makam Echahid is a magnificent monument, towering 92 metres into the sky. Constructed in the 1980’s, the monument commemorates those who fought and died in Algeria’s fight for independance ending in 1962. If you ever choose to visit the Makam Echahid ensure you dress appropriately as Algeria is an Islamic country. The views are magnificent overlooking the city and Mediterranean, I could have spent hours there.
The Botanical Garden of Hamma
The Botanical Garden of Hamma otherwise known as the Le Jardin d’Essssai was created in 1832. It was beautiful to walk through, we saw the tree that was used for the original Tarzan film in 1932. One thing that was very distracting was the feeling of being famous, for Algerians tourists are somewhat unfamiliar, therefore, lots of stares and secret selfies were made. At one point I was surrounded by children wanting to practice their English, which was fantastic as my garbled French left a lot to be desired.
Overall I had a brilliant day and enjoyed the experience of Algiers and how untouched by tourism it is, I would love to go back for a proper holiday and explore on my own.