Silversea Expedition Cruises À BEJAIA

BEJAIA

About 250 km east of Algiers lies Bejaia. Far from the beaten track of Algeria’s tourist hotspots, this pretty seaside port is also one Algeria’s best. Overlooked by Yemma Gouraya – the mountain that take its name from its shape of a sleeping woman, and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, this largish city has a deep and interesting history. As is the often the case with ancient cities, Bejaia is built on legend. View more

The story is that Hercules, before travelling to Gibraltar to build Tangiers (and lay the foundations to which he left his name) lived in the large cave above the village. The townspeople of Bejaia, wanting him gone, prepared him a dish of spicy beans, so spicy that he had to descend the mountain to quench his thirst and disapeer into the sea. Whether or not you choose to believe that Bejaia featured in Hercules’ 12 labours is up to you, but what is certain is that Bejaia’s (recorded) history can be traced to the founding by the Carthaginians in the 1st century BC. The city was known as Saldae under Roman rule (200-500), and later became the capital of the Berber Hammadid dynasty. French colonial rule came in 1833 until independence in 1962. Bejaia’s old town is one of Algeria’s finest. A walking tour will reveal both Byzantine history and French colonial rule. A 16th-century mosque bears testament to the city’s Muslim past, as well as a Spanish fortress, also from the 16th century, and an old Kasbah. The Pic des Singes (Monkey Mountain) is another great day out.

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Excursions depuis BEJAIA

Bejaia Vistas

You proceed uphill to Pic de Singes. You have to climb 123 low steps to get to the promontory. It certainly is worth the effort as this is the best viewing point in Bejaïa. From here you can also see Yemma Gouraya, an ancient fort dedicated to a local (female) saint. Refreshments will be served as you take in the awesome vistas around you. Down below, you will see Les Aiguades, a beautiful creek with clear blue waters.


You reboard your coach for your final stop at another viewing spot which is reached by walking through a 20-meter tunnel dug into a mountain to marvel at Cap Carbon Lighthouse, perched on a rock outcrop 250 meters above sea-level. Not only is this one of the highest lighthouses in the world, but it is also the most powerful in Africa, having a reach of approximately 50 kilometers. Cervantes, author of the famous Don Quixote, was imprisoned here whilst in exile in Algeria. You will have some free time to take photos.


You then board your coach for the return journey to the ship driving past the larger-than-life monument of a Freedom Fighter known as "El Mudjahid".

Meet The Berbers

You visit a Berber village in the hills of Kabylie to see how these independent minded people lead their daily lives. You will visit a typical house and various workshops where things are still made in the old-fashioned unhurried way.


You then proceed to a civic building overlooking the valley with spectacular views over the mountain range. Here you will enjoy a "dégustation" of Berber olive oil whilst tasting the different types of bread and other local produce. Your guide and the locals will be only too happy to give you an insight into their culture and history.


You will have some free time to glance at a small exhibition that displays images of these valiant people or browse at genuine Berber arts & crafts. There are several opportunities to take some lovely photographs in this village.


You then board your coach for the return journey to your ship.

Trekking Mount Yemma Gouraya

Mount Yemma Gouraya rises as a look-out over the whole region, with a fort built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It is also a place of pilgrimage and offerings for the locals, being the burial place of the city's patron saint, Yemma Gouraya, who seems to be watching over Bejaïa.


To reach the tomb and the ruins of the fort you have to climb to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy the sweeping views on the whole city of Bejaïa whilst your guide unravels the secrets behind the site.

Trekking in the National Park of Gouraya

No doubt this is the "must-see" place when you visit Bejaïa. You walk through a small tunnel dug into the mountain before feasting your eyes on the magnificent Cap Carbon. Along very pretty coves the path leads to a lighthouse built 220 meters above sea level, and is one of the highest in the world.


Then hike to the headland along a path cut into the steep sides of the cliff, which in itself is an amazing experience. The water and the view on the big blue sea is incomparable. Here you are likely to meet the magot monkeys, residents of Cap Carbon, still discreetly populating the maritime heights of this region.

Trekking in the National Park of Gouraya Walk 1: Cap Carbon – Les Aiguades

From the Port of Bejaïa you will drive up through pine and olive trees to get to Cap Carbon which rises to a height of 220 meters, offering magnificent views of the bay of Bejaïa. The prominent neck of land has a lighthouse which is one of the highest lighthouses in the Mediterranean.


From here you will walk along a seafront ledge dug into the mountainside - as far as the beautiful rocky beaches of Les Aiguades. It is here that they say that the famous Cousteau exploration ship, the "Calypso", had anchored whilst reconnoitering the place.


Your coach will be waiting for the return to the Ship.

Unesco Roman Ruins Of “Beautiful” Djemila

Once you arrive at this breathtaking UNESCO site called Djemila, which means beautiful, marvel at the mosaics which are displayed in the museum. With just over 1000 square meters of mosaics, this represents the best collection in the whole of Algeria.


Your guide will then walk you through this site and give you an insight into the many well-preserved remains of a once buzzing Roman city. View the Arch of Caracalla, the Forum, the Basilica and the Temples. Imagine the lifestyle of this ancient civilization whose architectural skills are today still looked upon as great architectural feats.


You will have some free time for browsing at the tiny souvenir shops outside the site. You then board your coach for the return journey. Enroute you will drive through one of the longest tunnels in Algeria which is 9 km long.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.