If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, visit North Africa and the country of Algeria, with everything from the beautiful beaches of the Turquoise Coast to the desert of the Western Sahara, and from the Casbah in Algiers to the prehistoric engravings and drawings at Tassili n'Ajjer. Visit Batna for its history – it exists because of a decree from Emperor Napoleon III signed on 12 September 1848. Then stay in the area for the awe-inspiring Timgad, an archaeological site for an entire Roman town. You’ll also find the remains of another Roman colony in Djemila, with two gates, a forum, mosaics, baths and even more to see. The capital city, Algiers itself, boasts astonishing architecture from French boulevards to the ancient and labyrinthine Casbah, with its Ottoman influences. Food lovers will enjoy the fast food restaurants, including La Maison de Couscous, where you can be sure the food is good – the locals eat here in their droves – and the modern Club 54, with its pizzas, omelettes and salads.