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It’s ludicrous to think that the African continent is still not a popular destination. You can find everything here, from big cities and beaches to historical sites and mountains. Did you know that North Africa is comprised of five countries? And while safety can be a concern in some parts of Africa, there are also many safe cities to visit. In fact, several cities in Africa have been ranked as the safest in the world. Additionally, many African cities are among the best places to visit in the world. Even though today’s post is focused on cities in North Africa, the rest of the continent is just as beautiful!
Let me know in the comments section below if you would like me to write about other regions of the continent, not just the cities in North Africa.
And keep in mind that this list is not in any particular order!
Cairo is one of the most beautiful cities in North Africa that is full of rich history and culture. Located on the Nile River, the city offers numerous tours to discover its various aspects, including 7 UNESCO-protected heritage sites. As the home of some of the oldest Islamic cities known today, Egypt is an essential country that you shouldn’t miss. You can visit famous landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza, museums, the Al-Azhar mosque (one of the first mosques still operating today), Old Cairo, and the Khan el-Khalili Souq for some shopping. Whether you’re interested in history, religion, or shopping, Cairo has something for everyone. Plan your trip today to explore this historic and stunning city on the banks of the Nile River.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
If you’re looking to escape the busy city life, look no further than this coastal city. Its white and blue hues give it a Greek-inspired aesthetic with an Arab vibe, making it a unique gem among North African cities. Here, relaxation is the name of the game, with plenty of opportunities to stroll through the old town and admire the art on display, or spend a day basking in the sun on the beach. You’ll find an abundance of restaurants with incredible views and mouth-watering cuisine, making it the perfect place to unwind. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take one of the many tours available to explore the surrounding area. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or a cultural adventure, this coastal city offers something for everyone.
One of the most luxurious places in Morocco and a personal favorite of mine, this town is a must-visit destination in Northern Africa. From famous palaces to amazing souks offering everything from traditional to modern items, there’s no shortage of luxury and convenience here. The town boasts breathtaking riads, spas, 5-star restaurants, and different gardens, giving visitors a taste of the high life. For history buffs, there are plenty of museums to explore, while shopaholics can choose from 18 different souks for a good deal. For adventurous souls, hot air balloon flights, camel rides in the Atlas Mountains or Merzouga desert, and VTT rides in the desert are all available. Don’t miss out on visiting these important landmarks when you’re there. Whether you’re seeking luxury, history, or adventure, this town is for you. Plan your trip to Northern Africa now and experience the opulence and charm of this Moroccan gem.
Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, Tripoli is a hidden gem that’s often overlooked. Although the country has a history of political uncertainty, the situation has since improved, making it a safe and worthwhile destination to explore. Be sure to visit the Saraya Museum and the Museum of Libya for a deeper understanding of the country’s rich history. Don’t miss the Arch of Marcus Aurelius and the Martyrs’ Square, both important landmarks that are worthwhile. Additionally, there are many exciting tours to choose from, allowing you to fully experience the culture and beauty of the region. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, Tripoli is the perfect destination.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Oran is a cultural melting pot that bears witness to the many nations that have influenced the region. The city’s architecture reflects the struggles and triumphs of those who have tried to conquer it. There are plenty of things to do in Oran, such as exploring the city center, visiting the Santa Cruz Fort, indulging in street food, and learning about Algerian history at the Ahmed Zabana National Museum. Don’t forget to relax on the beach, dance the night away at La Corniche, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa day. With so many activities to choose from, Oran is a must-visit destination in Northern Africa.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and a must-visit destination in Northern Africa. The city offers stunning views of the sea and has a slower pace than Cairo, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind. Alexandria is known for its historical landmarks, including the iconic Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina. As you explore the city, you will notice its Roman influence before its modernization. Additionally, Alexandria has a unique religious history, with the coexistence of Islam and Christianity showcased through the many churches and mosques. Don’t miss out on this fascinating cultural hub on your next trip to North Africa.
If you’re looking for a unique destination in Morocco, consider visiting the “blue pearl” of the north. Chefchaouen is a picturesque city where every building is painted in different shades of blue. Its history dates back to the 1900s when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled here. Today, it’s known for its calm atmosphere and unmatched hospitality. Take a walking tour of the old city and stop by the traditional souqs for shopping. For those seeking adventure, go on a hike in the Rif Mountains for a breathtaking view of Chefchaouen from the top. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience this charming city!
As the capital of the largest country in Africa, Algiers serves as the political, economic, and cultural center of Algeria. One of the top things to do in Algiers is to explore the Casbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with historical significance. Hiring a guide can help you navigate the maze-like neighborhood while learning about its past. Don’t miss the towering Martyrs’ Memorial, visible from many parts of the city, and make sure to visit the Botanical Garden, home to over 1,000 plant species. With plenty of other attractions to explore, Algiers offers something for every traveler.
That sums up a bit of the most beautiful cities in North Africa; northern Africa has a rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and diverse cities worth exploring. From the blue pearl of Chefchaouen in Morocco, the bustling streets of Algiers, the coastal beauty of Oran and Alexandria, to the Arab-influenced architecture of Tripoli, there is no shortage of unique experiences waiting to be discovered. And let’s not forget about Western Sahara, with its rugged terrain and the opportunity to experience the nomadic life.
Talk to you all very soon!