Annaba is a coastal city in Northeast Algeria.
Annaba is best reached by air. Its airport (Rabah Bitat International Airport) has regular services to Paris (Both Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Marseille, Lyon and Istanbul. However, these flights aren't frequent and one should check an Air Algerie timetable when planning a trip.
There are four daily domestic flights, to Algiers and Oran with Air Algérie, and to Hassi Messaoud and El Oued with Tassili airlines.
There should be a ferry service from Marseille to Annaba operated by Algérie Ferries, but it is not running as of March 2022, presumably due to COVID-19.
The national railway company SNTF has daily services from Algiers and several other large cities. The railway station, 1 Gare d'Annaba is just south of downtown. An international service might have ran daily to Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, but is not as of March 2022. Additionally, the land border seems to still be closed due to COVID and will open in the future.
One can also reach Annaba by road quite easily from most major Algerian cities. However, due to the road construction and traffic jams this is the least desirable option.
From the airport there is a regular bus shuttle service that runs to downtown Annaba.
The best way to get around Annaba is with taxis. They are the easiest, and most efficient way to get around, and they're readily available. There is also a network of bus routes that connect downtown Annaba with the rest of the city and surrounding suburbs.
- 1 Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo (Lela Bouna). One of the must sees of Annaba. It is on a hill not too far outside downtown, and it's a dominating sight. Taxis run regularly to and from the church. The church is a marvel, with stunning architecture and ancient Roman ruins right behind it. Saint Augustine's hand is kept inside the church.
- Downtown Annaba. A great place to take a stroll. Visit "Le Cours" the central square in downtown and try some delicious ice cream sold at local cafes. Walk around downtown and be surrounded by French colonial architecture and stunning contrasts of old and new. Just off Le Cours is "La Place d'Armes".
- The Kasbah. The oldest part of the city, it has magnificent Ottoman architecture and was built starting in the 12th century. Enjoy narrow alleys and walkways and marvel at the fact that people to this day still live in these houses. It is on a hill and at the bottom at the entrance of La Place d'Armes is a mosques built by the Turks in the 16th century.
- Beaches. A visit to Annaba is not complete without enjoying its beautiful Mediterranean coastline and one of its many beaches. During the day enjoy relaxing day at one of the beaches and at night head to "La Corniche". Located at the beach "Chappui" it comes alive at night with restaurants, clubs and people enjoying the crisp, cool refreshing air. A great end to any day.
- Amusement park ("Les Allemande" neighbourhood). A good time for families with young children.
Annaba has countless places to eat. Whether they be small family owned cafes, and restaurants to big fancy places there is a wide range of places to choose from. The fancier restaurants are almost exclusively at La Corniche, and by major beaches. However, there are cafes and restaurants all over town.
Wherever one goes in Algeria, trying the pizza sold at local cafes and restaurants is a must. Similar to the way Italians make pizza in Italy, it is delicious, and a welcome change to the usual round, heavy, topping filled pizza served in most western countries.
One thing Annaba specializes in is "bourek", an Algerian "eggroll". The east of Algeria, and more so Annaba, specializes in this delicacy.
Enjoying a coffee and croissant at a cafe with the locals is always a good thing.
Like any Algerian city. Annaba has a lot of traditional drinks and bars. Alcoholic drink are pretty common and Algerian tea “Atay” is usually served in cafeterias.
Some popular hotels in the city are:
- 1 Hôtel Seybouse International, 1, Boulevard du 1er Novembre 1954, ☏ .
- 2 Sheraton Annaba Hotel, Boulevard Victor Hugo, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Largest and newest hotel in town.
There are a number of places to visit that are around or close to Annaba.
Seraidi: Seraidi is a small village up high in the mountains that surround Annaba. It's about 13 km from downtown. It's a great place to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape enjoying the tranquility and clean, crisp air. There is a famous hotel there known to the locals as "Hotel Al-Hawa", literally "hotel of the wind". It is called that because it's so high up that it breaks the clouds and offers a great place to stay and has amazing views. On a clear day one can see the amazing views of the coastline and natural beaches below. On a cloudy day there is noting but clouds. It's a great place to see the sunrise or sunset.
El Caala: El Caala is a small town about an hour and a half drive east of Annaba. It's on the road to Tunisia so it is very service oriented. There are many hotels, clubs, restaurants to enjoy. The beach of course, and many souvenirs one can get from there. Not far from El Caala there is "La Vielle Calle" or "Old Caala". There is a wonderful beach there and ruins of a French fort which are beautiful. La Vielle Calle is about 30-45 minutes away.
Tunisia: Annaba is in the east of Algeria, not far from the Tunisian border. A drive to the Tunisian capital, Tunis, takes about four hours. The roads leading to Tunisia from Annaba are very well serviced and have numerous service oriented places on the way, such as restaurants, hotels and gas stations.