In Constantine, made by nature and embellished by man. A grand urban spectacle,the third largest city in Algeria amazes by its dramatic appearance. Framed by a ravine over Rhumel river, Constantine looks like a natural fortress set on a plateau. Economic and political center, a major cultural city, Constantine will surprise you. Are you ready to jump in?
Often referred to as the « City of Bridges » or « the City of Eagles », Constantine is one of the oldest cities in the world ( 202 BC) and is naturally picturesque… and great to experience Symbol of the the Arab-Andalucian culture, its unique landscape is an invitation for intellectuals to let their minds wander. Unpack your bags and take some time to admire the local architecture. You will meet students, the town has two major universities, among which the largest of the country: The Islamic Science University – an architectural beauty. While strolling around, you will get how unique the topography of the town is. Framed by nature, divided into two by a ravine determining the need for multiple bridges, such as Sidi M’cid bridge, over a natural bridge. How poetic...
Are you into History and Geography or are you more on the adventurous side of things ? In both cases, you are in the right place: the landscape is gorgeous and there are lots of places to see. With children, on your own, with your sweetheart or with friends, there are plenty of unforgettable things to do in Constantine. The local will tell you that you should not miss the Sidi M’Cid bridge, 175 meters high, and its amazing view over the canyon and the Hamma valley. Then, for a breathtaking view of the city, head towards the Monument aux Morts, on top of a cliff, on the right bank. Vertiginous! Go from bridge to bridge, from El Kantara bridge, to Sidi Rached Bridge, from Devil’s bridge to the bridge of the Falls. Take the Mellah Slimane Bridge, the one connected to the elevator, joins the train station with the center of the old town. You can feel it wobble as you cross. The Medersa elevator carries you up to the old town. History and architecture lovers, the Mosque of Emir Abdelkader, close to the University and Ahmed Bey Palace, should please you. Then, head to the National Museum of Cirta houses old Roman and Numidian remains that will allow you to travel time. In the city center, the Brèche, 1st of November square, tells you the French period story.
In Constantine, tea is a serious matter. Sit down in one of the little tea shops in the Casbah and experience the ceremony of the mint tea. If you love food, and are eager to discover oriental delicacies, Abane Ramdane street, in the town center, should please you. Kebabs and fast-food restaurants are countless. If your mouth is watering at the thought of Algerian cuisine, traditional pastries and local restaurants are for you to try.
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