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Revision as of 09:21, 28 May 2010

North Africa is the Northern part of the African continent.

Countries

Countries of North Africa
Algeria
The second-largest country in Africa.
Egypt
Home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies.
Libya (Tripoli)
Large open spaces with more than 90% of the country being desert or semidesert.
Morocco (Rabat)
Situated on both the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Tunisia (Tunis)
Located in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa
Western Sahara
Governance is in dispute between Morocco and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), but the majority of the region is occupied by Morocco.

Other territories

Atlantic Ocean Islands: Canary Islands (Spain), Madeira Islands (Portugal), Saint Helena (UK)

Spanish Exclaves: Ceuta, Melilla

Cities

  • Alexandria — Egypt's major Mediterranean city is a pale shadow of its former glorious self but remains a major tourism site
  • Algiers — the capital of Algeria with a notable medieval casbah
  • Cairo — the largest city in Africa with major monuments of Ancient Egypt nearby
  • Casablanca — the largest city in Morocco is of sparse interest to the traveller, but is a major transit point
  • El Aaiún — the capital city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara
  • Marrakech — this historic Moroccan city close to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains is an extraordinary meeting of the ancient and modern
  • TripoliLibya's capital was long off-limits to most travellers but is experiencing a real resurgence of interest
  • Tunis — the capital of Tunisia is a relatively small and sleepy city but is the gateway to the remains of Carthage and other very notable historical sites.

Other destinations

  • Abu Simbel — a very remote area in far south Egypt, with some beautiful ancient temples
  • Carthage — Phoenician colony in Tunisia and the biggest trade metropolis of the antique world; famously razed by the Romans and the remnants are now encased in a museum
  • El-Oued — in Algeria with its domed architecture & nearby Grand Erg Oriental — the Sahara's second largest dune field
  • Ghat - an ancient settlement in southwest Libya with prehistoric rock paintings and very challenging desert trekking
  • High Atlas — hiking, skiing and Berber culture amongst these peaks and valleys in Morocco.
  • Leptis Magna — extensive Roman ruins in Libya
  • Matmata — desert village in Tunisia of cave abodes, where Star Wars's Tatooine was filmed
  • Merzouga and M'Hamid — from either of these two settlements in Morocco at the edge of the Sahara, ride a camel or 4x4 into the desert for a night (or a week) among the dunes and under the stars
  • Valley of the Kingsthe great site of Ancient Egypt

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By boat

There are some ferries from Italy, notably Sicily and also the Canary Islands.

See Ferries in the Mediterranean‎.


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Stay safe

Avoid drinking untreated ground water.

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