Divided in two by the Aïn Sefra River, Mostaganem overlooks the Mediterranean Sea on Algeria’s north-west coast. It is built atop the ancient Punic port of Murustaga and later became part of the Roman Empire before being ruled by the Zirid, Almoravid and Zayyanid dynasties. In the 16th century, the city came under the power of Hayreddin Barbarossa and an Ottoman-built fortress still stands today.
Things to do in Mostaganem
Take a step back in time at the Mujahid Museum, which occupies a building overlooking the port. Its exhibits detail the history of Algeria and bring to life stories from some of the country’s most important heroes, including Resistance fighters and the Mujahideen. Learn about the Algerian War of Independence and life in Mostaganem today.
History buffs shouldn't miss a visit to Bordj Ettork, an Ottoman-built fortification with magnificent views across Mostaganem. Constructed in the 16th century to defend the city, it was later used as a military barracks during the French occupation of Algeria. Now beautifully restored, the fort features commanding walls marked by six doors.
Travelling with kids? They’ll love spending a day at Mostaland, a family-friendly amusement park north of the city centre. You can get your thrills on the Space Gun and the Swing Tower, bust a move on the Taga Disco or soak up the elevated views from the Great Wheel. For young children, there is a gentle Circus Train and colourful characters available for photo ops.
Getting around Mostaganem
Mostaganem is just over an hour’s drive from Oran and Oran Ahmed Ben Bella Airport, which has flights to destinations across North Africa and the Middle East. Long-distance buses connect from towns and cities throughout Algeria to Mostaganem while local buses connect most of its attractions.