With its geographical position at the top of North Africa, Algeria is ideally located for ferry services from mainland Spain. In addition to this, with the cultural influences from its French past there are a number of routes from France. Wherever you sail from, all services across the Mediterranean Sea are relatively long and it is advisable to book a comfortable cabin accommodation for the best possible sailing experience.
Almeria is the Spanish port that offers services to Oran and Ghazaouet in Algeria, and both of these destinations will allow you to easily immerse yourself into Algerian culture. Ghazaouet is a gateway to the Tlemcen National Park - an area of Algeria that includes waterfalls, historic architecture and forests. Oran is the second largest city in the country, and stunning examples of classical Arabic architecture can be found all over the city - even the railway station is designed in a style that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Marseille, on the south coast of France, has a wide variety of destinations for passengers wishing to sail to Algeria. Ferries run on a regular basis to Algiers, Bejaia, Oran, Annaba and Skikda, and each of these ports offers a unique insight into the Algerian cultural experience.
Algiers is the Capital City of the country, and the Monument of the Martyrs is a construction that simply must be visited. It was built to commemorate those who died during the lengthy struggle for Algerian Independence, and looking at the surrounding statues offers a fascinating history lesson about the different stages that led to the current state of Algeria.
Annaba is an Algerian destination that has something to offer every type of tourist. The region is made up of visitor hotspots that are centred around beautiful beaches and picturesque mountains, and once the sun goes down it becomes one of the most vibrant areas for night-life in the country. Green Main Street takes this one step further by offering a vibrant and exciting district to visit where the fun begins in the afternoon. Its position towards the end of Algeria's coastline makes it the ideal place to begin an Algerian motoring adventure.
Wherever you decide to arrive in Algeria by ferry, it is a great way of bridging the motoring gap between Europe and North Africa. The country's rich history of maritime activity means that a diverse variety of tourist attractions and major urban centres can be found on the coast, and a trip inland will offer you the chance to experience a more authentic experience away from the tourist traps.
Alternatively, continuing along the coast to Morocco or Tunisia are also possibilities, and Annaba in particular is very close to the Tunisian border.