Located in the northern part of Africa, Algeria combines Arab, Berber and French cultures, and offers diverse landscapes: here you can experience and explore everything from desert adventures to urban sightseeing. Just a stone's throw from Europe, the political and cultural capital Algiers gives you an authentic glimpse of the country's struggles and developments throughout history, rooted deeply in the city's architecture and religious buildings. Founded by Berbers as Al-Jaza'ir, Turkish, Spanish and French influences are part of its heritage. The nickname "Alger La Blanche" is due to the many beautiful whitewashed French houses facing the Mediterranean Sea. Dazzling sights as the UNESCO world heritage Casbah, a stunning and well-preserved 16th century citadel, as well as the mosques and the old town will keep you busy for days. As the majority is of the country is Muslim, customs and holidays follow Islam traditions.