Why Visit Constantine in Algeria

Landscape of Constantine

Constantine is the third largest city of Algeria with a population of 448.374. The city is deeply carved out by the Rhumel River transforming it into natural fortress. It has always been a center of political, cultural and economic value.

Constantine is also called the “City of Bridges” due to the numerous picturesque bridges connecting the mountains. The highest and most fascinating suspension bridge is the Sidi M’Cid, designed and constructed by the French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin in 1912. The Sidi M’Cid Bridge used to be the highest one for 17 years. In the year 2000, the bridge undertook a major renovation. It’s 175 meters above the Rummel River and offers a breath-taking view.

Constantine - The City of Bridges
Constantine – The City of Bridges

In addition to its picturesque view, tourists visit Constantine to for its Tourists Walk. This construction follows the Rummel Gorge all along. The Tourists Walk has been built in 1895 and has been designed by the engineer Frederic Remes. The trail is long 2.5 km and is attached to the walls of the ravine stretching from one bank to the other.

Landscape of Constantine
Landscape of Constantine

Constantine is surrounded by medieval fortifications bearing the design of Roman masonry that can be seen even today. If you follow rue Didouche Moutad down the slope of the plateau, you will notice how the city divides in two. To the west is situated the Casbah (the old citadel), the Souk el-Ghezel mosque, the Moorish-style palace of Ahmad Bey and the administrative buildings of Constantine. To the east and southeast sectors of the city, each trade has its special quarter. This area is easily recognizable by its Islamic architecture and the 18th century mosques of Salah Bey and Sidi Lakhdar. On the other side are the University of Constantine, the Museum of Cirta and the Municipal Library. The newer part of the city is to the east across the Rummel Gorge.

Sidi M'Cid Bridge above the Rhumel Gorge
Sidi M’Cid Bridge above the Rhumel Gorge

Constantine is full of history, amazing views and colorful culture. The city is easily accessible through its own international airport “Mohamed Boudiaf” located 9 km south of Constantine. For those seeking true and memorable adventures, the city is worth visiting.

Constantine - The City of Bridges
Constantine – The City of Bridges

If you are planning to visit Constantine, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan an unforgettable Algeria tour.

About the author

Kevin Dyck is the founder of Mosaic North Africa and has over 11 years experience living in North African countries. He is an Arabic speaker with a passion for travelers to encounter the diverse cultures and natural beauty found throughout the North Africa region. He currently lives in and works for MNA from Tunis, Tunisia.

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