Offering a beguiling blend of cultures, Algeria is a beautiful country and one of the first destinations of Ibn Battuta when he set out on his voyage. Algeria is a Berber and Arab country and is located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The advent of Islam in Algeria can be dated back to the mid-7th century. After this the country saw a number of changes at the political front; now the majority of the population in Algeria are Muslims and Islam is the predominant religion of the country. The official language of Algeria is Arabic.
Acclaimed for its vineyards and olive plantations, Tlemcen is a small city located in the Tlemcen Province in north-western Algeria. During the time of Ibn Battuta, Tlemcen was a busy commercial transit centre and even today it holds a lot of importance. When Ibn Battuta left Tangier in 1325 he arrived at Tlemcen and took a less commercial route towards the Mediterranean.
Miliana was founded in the 10th century by, Buluggin ibn Ziri on the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Zucchabar. The town came under the control of Abd al-Qadir in the 1830's opposition of the increasing French occupation in the country. The city was burned down in 1840 to avoid admission of defeat to the French. However in 1842 the French took over Miliana and its surrounding areas and the city was rebuilt in the French colonial style.
An attractive city, Algiers is the capital of Algeria. Ibn Battuta after leaving Miliana arrived at the port of Algiers. During the 14th century Algiers did not hold much importance as it holds today.
Algiers has developed tremendously since the 14th century and today is a vibrant and modern city acclaimed for the glittering white colour of its buildings that seem to rise from the sea. The city is located on the western side of the bay of the Mediterranean Sea and has an ancient city or the Casbah and a modern city.
Constantine or Qusantînah, located in north-eastern Algeria is one of the main cities in the country. It is the capital of the Constantine Province and is also considered as the capital of eastern Algeria. The city is next to a ravine giving it a dramatic appearance. The picturesque surroundings, numerous bridges and a viaduct across the ravine offer several impressive sites for visitors to see.