The British Backpacker Society (BBS), an organization that promotes travels to off-the-beaten-track areas of the world has named Algeria in North Africa this year’s best country to backpack. The organisation has said that Algeria packs the most thrills for a backpacking adventure.
Algeria lies just a short-haul flight away from the huge adventure travel communities living in Europe’s capitals, BSS said in it’s statement. And according to sportandoutdoorhq.com, that place has world-class desert scenery, delightfully hospitable people and spectacular ancient ruins. Its geographical proximity makes it the place to be for the keen travelers.
Rightfully, Algeria is a magnificent place with breath taking view of the Mediterranean coastline with the Sahara covering up to four-fifths of the land. It has marvelous mosques and markets and a mixture of Roman, Ottoman, Arab, and Byzantine heritage. BBS co-founder, Adam Sloper, stated in a statement that he has traveled to more than 90 countries all over the world and he has never seen a city quite like Constantine”. He said, “With a deep gorge cutting straight through its city center, historic Constantine has one of the most dramatic cityscapes on earth.”
Prior to this year in BBS’s “Best country to backpack” list, Pakistan (2018) and Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression (2019) featured in the top. The complete list of best countries for backpacking in 2020 according to the organisation are Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Ethiopia, and Azerbaijan.
French writer Albert Camus has described Tipaza, one of the three Algerian cities on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as being “inhabited by the gods”. Tipaza is a little city made of roman ruins dating back 2000 years. The other 2 cities are Timgad and Djemila. There is another city in the northern region of Algeria called Tlemcen that hosts a stunning mix of Berber and Arab-Andalusian culture and is home to the 11th century Grand Mosque.