Visitors to Constantine are immediately struck by its romantic façade: the palatial white and terracotta architecture of the city is surrounded by a deep ravine. So why not take a cheap flight to Constantine from London and experience the mystery and wonder of this unique destination? A flight here will enable you to take in the sumptuous traditional Algerian patterns on the Ben-Badis Mosque and wander through the fascinating ruins of an ancient Roman aqueduct. The food here is delectable, consisting of Algerian specialities, such as delicately spiced cous cous, delicious grilled meats and rich, strong coffee. Constantine is a major destination for both foodies and for lovers of history and ancient culture. For some more modern and innovative art in the region, make sure that you visit the Gustave Mercier Museum. This amazing cultural centre is host to a mix of ancient archaeological finds, classical oil paintings and avant-garde examples of twentieth and twenty-first century art. For the more adventurous traveller, the ravine is a fabulous bungee-jumping location!
Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport is just over 3 miles from the centre of town and all of its attractions. A good taxi service is offered from the airport to the centre. The airport is close to most of Constantine's main highlights, such as the astounding Gustave Mercier Museum of Art and Culture, which exhibits regional pieces dating from ancient history to the present day. Once in the city itself, there are plenty of ways to get around. One popular and rather unusual choice is by cable car, which leads to some great attractions in the city, such as the Casbah - an ancient Islamic fortress famed for its maze-like streets. The city is also home to several bus and taxi companies, including a shared taxi service for travellers wishing to take journeys further afield to places such as Algiers. It also contains a train station with connections to several other desirable locations, such as the cities of Algiers and Annaba. These are ideal destinations for picking up a few souvenirs and experiencing the hustle and bustle of Algerian city life. If you need an elegant hotel to stay in close to the airport before your flight, you will be spoiled for choice. Why not try the Hotel Cirta, for instance, which has a reputable restaurant, as well as comfortable rooms. Wherever you choose to eat, be sure to try the mint tea at least once. This is a traditional Algerian drink not to be missed!