The land of ancient marvels, Algeria is located on the northern tip of western Africa. With its northern borders sneaking into Mediterranean Sea, Algeria has Tunisia, Libya to its east, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger to its South and Morocco to its west. Rugged landscapes speckled with ancient ruins, marvellous monuments and sparkling coastline along the turquoise waters of Mediterranean Sea are a few of the lot more tourist magnets nestled in the lap of this country.
The presently prevailing modern state of Algeria a very recent formation. Algeria got its name in 16th century by the Turks as the territory used to fall under Algiers, which happened to be a part of Turkish kingdom. French invaded in 19th century and took Algeria under their rule. They eradicated the indigenous culture by destroying the mosques and erecting churches instead, neatly concreted streets replaced the regal ancient medinas and many other changes were forced upon the nation. After a long held revolt and fights, Algeria finally attained sovereignty on 5th July, 1962.
Algeria happens to be a purely Islamic country with 100% of its population adhering to Islam. Consequently the official as well as largely spoken language is Arabic. Most of the population still sticks to the indigenous Berber culture. Abiding by the ancient traditions, the social structure gives utmost importance to the family system.
The renowned Sahara desert with its glittering sand dunes tops the long list of tourist magnets found in Algeria. Leaving that apart, there are tremendously uncanny ancient monuments and there is architecture that leaves visitors mystified. There are enthralling wildlife reserves, there are beautifully maintained beaches and there admirable arid landscapes which can be found exclusively in Algeria.