Skikda - Beautiful Beaches and Outstanding Architecture

Skikda is a city located in the north eastern flanks of Algeria. It is noted for being a very important port on the Gulf of Stora, the ancient Sinus Numidicus. Skikda was founded in the year 1838 by the French colonies on the ruins of an ancient Phoenician city that later flourished as a large Roman city called Rusicade, a Punic word which means "Promontory of fire". The Roman port was destroyed by the Vandals in the 5th century.

Skikda was actually known as Philippeville until the end of the Algerian War of Independence in 1962.

The city took a huge knock as a result of the liberation war, but its inhabitants managed to rebuild many of the buildings as well as build several new modern neo-Moorish style buildings. Oil refining, natural gas and petrochemical industries were developed after the war in the 1970's and oil pipelines have been built for the transportation of oil to Skikda's neighboring cities.

When walking through the town center of Skikda, you will be able to observe the beautiful architecture of the city. The city hall is a breathtaking, neo-Moorish style palace that hosts many live concerts and shows. This city hall and the railroad station were designed by Le Corbusier.

Skikda has become a wealthy city since the war and its current annual income is among the highest in North Africa. Most of Skikda's income is generated by importing and exporting and it has the third largest commercial port in Algeria after Algiers and Oran. It also has a petrochemical terminal port and a smaller fishing port in Stora.

Skikda has a huge selection of cosmopolitan hotels situated on the beachfront. The many beaches of the town run along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. These fine beaches attract tourists and residents from Oran and Algiers over the holiday seasons. Skikda is a great destination for relaxing and enjoying the water and sun without having to worry about a crowded atmosphere.

So why not book your flight ticket to Skikda today and go relax on the tranquil beaches tomorrow? It may end up being your ideal holiday destination.

 



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Team Algeria.com - 2011-02-07 08:17:07

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souad - 2011-02-07 06:17:44

The best pastries on the planet.From the best baklawa and the cornes de gazelles to the most exquiste strawberry tartelettes !From the croisants to the local beignets in the morning.It is also in the habits to enjoy at mid morning "une pitze"with anchovies and olives right out of the bakery oven! Its marche (the main market )offers a great variety of fresh fish ,vegetables and delicious fruits.It is worthed to go and enjoy the pleasure of looking and bying so many mediterraneen products.This is where you really feel the vibe of the city every morning!Do not miss the figues when in season. The beaches are gorgeous however too crowed in the summmer.I recommend to drive to further beaches like guerbes or Grande plage.It is faboulos.The water is clear and just at the right temperature.Paradise!

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Dr Mohammad Shahidullah, Prof of Community Medicine - 2010-07-20 09:52:13

Skikda born on Philippeville post independent war. Destruction gives the birth of beautification. If you want to give something new to the society then you have to destroy the old one. Improvisation is the ongoing process. Skikda is the best example of that. It will give you the feeling of calm and quite environment far away from the hassle and bustle city life. Come, see and enjoy naturality.

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