Constantine relishes a deep history dating back to Neolithic times, still evident in its palace, ruins, museums and mosques. Built on rocky mountains carved out by the Rhumel River, the “City of Bridges” connects through a series of dramatic bridges stretching over the water and cliffs.
Things to do in Constantine
Explore Constantine’s Old Town and roam the Casbah Walk, stopping for local food at small cafes and purchasing handmade clothing from local shops. From the Old Town, take an elevator to the 125-metre-long Mellah Slimane Bridge and cross the Oued Rhumel, dangling 100 meters above the water.
Looking for authentic traditional Algerian cuisine? Spend some time in the Swika, Rabin-Chriff or Rahba neighborhoods. Modern restaurants thrive in the city center, particularly in areas such as Sidi-Mabrol and Saint-Jean.
The Palace of Ahmed Bey gives a rare glimpse into the Ottoman era of Constantine, with its Tunisian and French tiles, citrus gardens and elaborate murals. The National Museum Cirta showcases excavations finds, such as a terracotta statue from the 2nd-century BC. You can also view a collection of Algerian and French Orientalist paintings.
Don't miss a chance to see the Roman ruins of Tiddis, about a 30-kilometre day trip from Constantine. Teetering on a mountain slope, this former fortress harbors ancient channels, cisterns, circular tombs, aging olive presses and sanctuaries dedicated to Roman gods.
Getting around Constantine
Trains provide transportation from other cities in Algeria, while buses offer routes throughout Constantine. Cable cars, trams and taxis are available, with shared taxis offering economical options.