We took a drive along the coast to Cherchell during the week. It was a two and a half hour drive through some beautiful scenery: the Mediterranean sea to the right and fertile, green hills to the left. After Tipaza the road to Cherchell turned inland and the landscape became more lush: fields growing tomatoes, figs, plums and lots more besides. There were children at the sides of the roads selling baskets of freshly picked produce such as prickly pears and tomatoes.
My 4 year old son was delighted every time we drove past donkeys which are used quite a lot for labour in the area.
The actual town of Cherchell is quite old and run down like most towns I have visited in Algeria but it has a long and rich historydating back to 1500BC and the Ancient Egyptians. However it is best known for it’s Roman ruins and the modern name Cherchellis the ‘Berberisation‘ of the Roman name for the town, Caesarea.
The Masjid Er-Rahmane is quite a strange building built in the style of the Pantheon complete with Romanesque pillars.
We also drove past a Roman aquaduct coming back out of Cherchell going back to Tipaza but I missed the opportunity to photograph it. See a photograph here. Amazingly intact piece of architecture.