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Béjaïa Overview

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A Mediterranean Port on the Gulf of Béjaïa in north-eastern Algeria, Béjaïa was a major international port in the 14th century. After leaving Algiers, Ibn Battuta and his fellow travellers reached the Port of Béjaïa, which was then a city in the Hafsid Kingdom.

Béjaïa is located at the mouth of the Wadi Soummam River and at the foot of the Mount Gouraya. The city is also the administrative capital of the Béjaïa Province. The Port of Béjaïa saw a remarkable development in the beginning of the 20th century and it became one of the main Algerian Ports for oil transportation. The city is easily connected via rail, air and ferry. Visitors can either hire taxis or take a bus when they set out to explore the city.

The mystic Old Town in the city is a fantastic place to visit. Travellers can find an old Masjid built in the 16th century in the area and small alleys lined with stalls and shops. The Spanish Fort too is one of the main attractions of the city. Walking down the Casbah (Old Town) travellers can see the Porte Sarazine, which is one of the four antique doors that protected the ancient city of Béjaïa and today is the main bus terminal of the city. Around the area, visitors can see all the four doors and also other historic monuments.

A little further from the Old Town is the newly developed La Brise de Mer boardwalk that has several restaurants and cafes, many of the outlets overlooking the sea. The Emile Aubry Museum in the city houses works of contemporary Algerian painters. The Archaeological Museum has exhibits from the Roman and Hafsid periods.

In the centre of the city is the statute of an Algerian War soldier, showing the direction of the port and the Metropole. Take a walk through the downtown area especially along the La Liberte Street, which has several shops and boutiques. The La Place Gueydan is one of the most visited places in the town. It is a terrace with benches, cafes and a wide balcony that offers exclusive views of the sea.

When visiting Béjaïa travellers should also visit Pic des Singes and climb the Cap Carbon that has several walkways and a lovely station for travellers to enjoy great views. Adventurous travellers can climb further to reach the Yemma Gouraya.

Visitors planning a trip to Béjaïa in the summers can have fun time at the beaches and the Béjaïa Falls. About 17Km from Béjaïa is the beautiful coastal town of Tichi that has lovely beaches.

Halal restaurants and food is widely available in Béjaïa. Travellers can surely find a restaurant in Béjaïa that serves cuisine suiting their taste.

Most of the shopping in the city is around the downtown area, where visitors can find streets lined with shops and stores.

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