"Tlemcen - Arabo-Andalus Gem" Tlemcen by shems71

Tlemcen Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 71 photos

A great history

Tlemcen has a long & fascinating history, from its creation by the Romans as Pomaria in the 4th century, to the Almoravide city of Tagrart, then becoming capital of the Zianide Kingdom, then Spanish, Ottoman, French until the independance in 1962.

Far from the thriving Algiers, Tlemcen has always been a quiet, intellectual, cultural and cosmopolitan city, with Jews, Arabs, Berbers, Europeans all letting their influence in wht is Tlemcen today.

2011 Capital of Islamic culture

Tlemcen was appointed Capital of Islamic culture in 2011, which gave way to a huge modernization & restoration of its precious heritage. Thus, mosques, palaces, streets, houses, castles, walls, parks, gardens and so on have been completely restored and new hotels and facilities built to be able to host events and tourists.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Rich history, quiet & peaceful city, well kept, perfectly safe, high cultural & intellectual activity
  • Cons:Very hot in summer, very cold in winter
  • In a nutshell:A true gem 1h drive from Oran to enjoy Moorish architecture
  • Last visit to Tlemcen: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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