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Guests of honour

ALGERIA, BÁCS-KISKUN COUNTY AND KECSKEMÉT, NATIONAL PALACE PROGRAM AND NATIONAL CASTLE PROGRAM

Algéria, mint a kiállítás külföldi díszvendége különösen nagy gonddal készül nevezetességeinek ismertetését. Afrika földközi-tengeri partvidékének legnagyobb és a magyarok által még nem annyira ismert országa rengeteg érdekességgel szolgál. UNESCO Világörökségi helyszínek, római birodalom emlékei, az arab és a francia kultúra, a római és a berber múltnak a keveredése mellett a természet is nagyon sokszínű. Mediterrán tengerpart, hófedte hegycsúcsok és sivatag várja az ideérkezőt.

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As the local guests of honour, Bács-Kiskun County and Kecskemét appeared with 28 municipalities and 6 organizations working together in an attempt to display the diversity that characterizes this colourful region.

The contributors are working with vast enthusiasm and cooperative spirit to collect the natural beauties and architectural rarities that best represent the territory. It is a great challenge to evoke the unique moods of the wine cellar rows of Hajós, the endless grasslands of Bugac, Izsák’s Kolon Lake alive with the songs of birds, the banks of the Danube along Baja, the Félegyháza baths, bustard mating in Kiskunság, and natural lakes.

For this reason they spun together these rightly famous or undeservingly overlooked treasures of Bács-Kiskun County around three central ideas: health-, wine- and gastro tourism. The goal is to awaken the desire in the greatest number of people, families and children on school trips to learn more about the pleasures of the plains of Petőfi, the Daru Street of Móra, Nemesnándorudvar’s “juice of the mountain”, the Cifra Palace of Kecskemét, the baths built on the healing thermal waters, and the culinary experiences built upon the traditions of the Great Plain.

Next year’s cultural guest of honour will be “National Palace Program and National Castle Program”. The total number of Hungarian castles and palaces are estimated around 1500-2000, of which 718 are protected palaces and 103 castles respectively, according to the survey of the National Office of Cultural Heritage, with 51 of them operated as palace hotels. Many of the castles and palaces are open for guests, there are visitor centres built around them to inform and entertain tourists. These facilities will be showcased at the exhibition in a playful and interactive form.

 

Best Places to Visit in Algeria

The largest country in the continent of Africa, Algeria has a diverse landscape and lots to offer travellers. The journey from Europe is only a short one but the difference between the two continents is immediately noticeable and provides a sense of adventure and intrigue for tourists. Algeria has many charming cities with winding streets and stunning architecture, Mediterranean coast, lush landscapes and roman ruins to rival anywhere in the world.
The main attraction in the country however is the Saharan region where the never-ending sand and the mysterious and lively cities are enough to indulge even the most seasoned traveller’s imagination.
Most Algerians greet tourists with warm welcomes and are happy to share their way of life with any guests to their country. All the same, any trip to this beautiful country should be well researched to ensure that all travel rules are adhered with.
Let’s have a look at the best places to visit in Algeria!

 

Algiers
Algiers is the capital city in Algeria has an estimated population of around 3,500,000. The city was founded by the Ottomans and is rife with history and beautiful architecture. The ancient Casbah is a winding urban maze, with streets flowing through the old town like streams. Also worth exploring is the Dar Hassan Pacha, which was once the city’s most decendent mansion. The city of Algiers offers visitors from the west a stark and beautiful contrast and an intriguing glimpse into the past, present and future of Algeria.

Atakor

Although difficult to reach without your own transport, the Atakor Plateau, situated in the Ahaggar National Park, is worth any of the effort or inconvenience. The highliht of the plateau is the Assekrem Peak. Assekrem in the Tuareg language means „the end of the world” which is a fitting way to describe the view from the peak and the rugged harshness of the landscape.

Oran
Oran is the second city of Algeria, it is a lively port city with heaps of character and beauty. Oran is an attraction in its own right and has historical buildings a plenty to explore including beautiful mosques, the Casbah and Le Theatre. The range of beautiful architecture is possibly the best of any city in Algeria, Oran is also a great place for scuba diving, sampling Algerian cuisine and listening to lively Rai music which has its origins in the city.

Annaba
There were many geographical reasons for the Phoenicians to found Annaba that are still apparent today and are the reason for the cities relative prosperity. The city has a natural port which handles many of the country’s exports but for travellers, the city’s history and culture, especially Hippo Regius, is the main attraction. The ruins of Hippo Regius are surrounded by olive trees on one side and the sea on the other. The ruins include mosaics, bronze trophies and ruins of villas and temples.

 

Constantine
Constantine is a natural marvel that has transformed over the years into a stunning spot for tourists. The city was the Capital of Numidia and after that Roman Numidia and it goes without saying that politics and power have always played a part here. The majority of buildings in the city can only be reached by crossing the bridge across a large canyon. This gives the city a feeling of fantasy that has been retained since the time of the Romans.

Ghardaia

Ghardaia is part of a five town cluster right on the edge of the Sahara Desert but is aso the name often used to refer to the entire cluster. Ghardaia is almost a country in its own right with its own dress, religion and social traditions, Guides are required in order to acces the beautiful old town or the Sidi Brahim mosque. Food and accommodation here, as in most Algerian cities, varies immensely in price and quality. If you choose to visit Ghadaia whilst in Algeria you may leave feeling like you have visited more than one country.

Tlemcen
For stunning Moorish buildings in Algeria there is only one option: Tlemcen. The buildings here can compete in beauty with those in Southern Spain or Morocco. Sights include the Great Mosque, the Eiffel Bridge and waterfalls in the nearby National Park of Tlemcen.

Setif

Another of Algeria’s cities which was founded by the Romans, Setif is situated in the Little Kabylie region of Algeria and is over 1,100 meters above sea level. The roman ruins here are well worth taking time to study.

El Oued

Intriguingly nicknamed ’the city of a thousans domes’, El Oued is an oasis of a city in what seems to be an endless sea of sand. The reason for the nickname comes from the many domes roofs on buildings in the city. The reason for the domes is protection from the intense heat from the sun in summer. One of the main reasons tourists visit El Oued is to shop, the city is arguably the best place for shoppers in the country. Popular items include carpets and affanes (traditional Algerian slippers).

Tipaza

A Window to the Rise and Fall of Historic Dynasties.
Along the coast of Algeria, lies the small town of Tipaza. It is not seen as a major destination in the country, but tourist still flock here, to explore the ruins of Tipaza and discover the history of the ancient civilizations in Algeria. There are however a few wonderful sites at this attraction that make the visit worthwhile. Amongst some of the most noteworthy structures are the mausoleum, the forum, the basilica, the main road, the cemeteries, amphitheatre, baths, nymphaeum and theatre. Walking throught the ruins is a rare oppurtunity to travel through different stages in the history of Algeria. Tipaza is a fascinating destination filled with beauty and mystery.

Come to the exhibition and collect more information about these wonderful places!