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Algeria opens up the Sahara for tourists: our top 5 must-see sites

In an effort to boost its tourism industry, the Algerian government has announced the easing of visa restrictions and the issuance of visas on arrival for tourists traveling to the country’s southern provinces.

Rather unknown, the Algerian desert provinces are nevertheless full of sites that are worth a visit.  Here are our top five must-see sites in the south of the country.

Tassili N’Ajjer Plateau

The Tassili N’Ajjer Plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its breathtaking rock formations and prehistoric rock art. This location is a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers alike, as it offers a glimpse into the ancient cultures that once thrived in this region. The plateau is also home to a range of rare wildlife, such as the Saharan cheetah and Barbary macaque.



Ghardaïa is a picturesque city known for its unique architecture and rich cultural heritage. The city is home to several historic landmarks, such as the Bounoura mosque.

Ghardaïa, which in Arabic means the cave of Daïa, referring to a woman Sufi Saint in the Mzab region, is also an excellent destination for foodies, with a range of traditional restaurants serving mouthwatering Algerian dishes.



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The Ahaggar Highlands

The Ahaggar Highlands are a steep mountain range. This area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with a variety of activities available such as hiking, climbing and wildlife watching.

These high plateaus, reminiscent of a science fiction movie, are also home to ancient cave paintings and historical sites, such as the Tin Hinan tomb, built for the ancient Tuareg queen of the Hoggar.



Timimoun is a small oasis town that offers a unique travel experience to visitors. Its picturesque red brick buildings, narrow alleys, and palm trees create a stunning contrast with the surrounding Sahara desert. Timimoun is a great place to explore on foot, as it is small enough to be easily navigated. The sights of this captivating city will not leave your mind!

Beni Abbes

Located at the edge of the Sahara Desert, Beni Abbes is one of the most famous attractions in the south of Algeria. It has numerous tourist attractions, such as the Beni Abbes Museum, home to a collection of traditional artifacts, including pottery, jewelry, and clothing. The museum also has exhibits on local history and architecture, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Visitors can also make their way to the Mosque of the Old Ksar built in the 17th century. It is one of the oldest mosques in Algeria, and its minimalist tiling is a testament to the nation’s architectural know-how.

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Published on 17 February 2023