Hennaya

Hennaya is a small town located in northwestern Algeria, known for its rich history and cultural heritage. It is situated in the Tlemcen Province, surrounded by picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and olive groves. The town's architecture reflects a blend of traditional Algerian and Moorish influences, with many historic buildings and monuments to explore.

Hennaya is also a vibrant community with bustling markets, lively cafes, and warm hospitality from its residents.

Places to visit

Key Phrases

Speak like a local

  • "مرحبا" - hello
  • "شكرا" - thank you
  • "ماء" - water
  • "مطعم" - restaurant
  • "سلام" - peace

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring local history and culture

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Beni Bahdel National Park to explore the diverse flora and fauna. Afterward, stop by a local café for a traditional Algerian breakfast.

afternoon:Visit the Andalusi Museum to learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of Hennaya. For lunch, try the delicious couscous at a nearby family-owned restaurant.

evening:Experience the vibrant local atmosphere at the lively street market and explore the traditional crafts and local cuisine. For a night-out, head to the lively cafes and tea houses for some local music and entertainment.

day 2

Nature and relaxation day

morning:Spend your morning hiking in the scenic Tala Guilef National Park and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. For a refreshing break, have a light snack at a local bakery.

afternoon:Relax and unwind at the thermal springs of Hammam Essalihine. Indulge in a soothing spa treatment or take a dip in the rejuvenating waters. You can also enjoy a freshly prepared Mediterranean salad for lunch at the spa's restaurant.

evening:Enjoy a peaceful evening at a local café or tea house, sipping on traditional Algerian tea and taking in the serene surroundings. For a night-out, head to a cozy restaurant with live music and enjoy a delightful dinner.

day 3

Culinary delights and local markets

morning:Embark on a culinary adventure by visiting the local markets to experience the vibrant atmosphere and shop for fresh produce and local delicacies. Sample some authentic Algerian pastries at a renowned bakery.

afternoon:Participate in a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Algerian dishes using fresh local ingredients. Enjoy the delicious meal you've prepared for lunch and savor the flavors of the region.

evening:Explore the bustling night market, filled with an array of street food vendors offering local specialties and treats. For a night-out, head to a lively rooftop bar for panoramic views and a refreshing beverage.

day 4

Historical landmarks and local art

morning:Begin your day with a visit to the Kasbah of Hennaya, an ancient fortress with a rich history and stunning architecture. Stop by a local café for a traditional Algerian breakfast before continuing your exploration.

afternoon:Immerse yourself in the local art scene by visiting the Hennaya Art Gallery, showcasing an impressive collection of contemporary and traditional artworks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a cozy bistro offering Mediterranean cuisine.

evening:Stroll through the historic Old Town area, filled with charming alleyways and local artisan shops. For a night-out, head to a trendy nightclub for some music and dancing, and mingle with the locals.

Hennaya Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Couscous

A staple of Algerian cuisine, couscous is a flavorful dish typically served with vegetables, lamb or chicken, and a rich broth. Put the whole experience together at Restaurant Zahwa.

Must-Try!

Chakhchoukha

This traditional Algerian dish features torn or rolled pieces of flatbread combined with a spicy tomato-based sauce, meat, and chickpeas. Look for authentic Chakhchoukha at Cafe Belhorizon.

Merguez

Merguez are spicy lamb or beef sausages infused with North African spices, often grilled and served with couscous or in a baguette. Head to the Hennaya Souk or check out the vibrant street food scene to savor this local favorite.

Photography Spots in Hennaya

Locations for the best views and photo opportunities

Taksebt National Park

Offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and is a great spot for photo opportunities.

Gouraya National Park

Provides spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and cliffs, making it an ideal location for photography.

Pic des Singes

Known for its breathtaking views of the countryside and the nearby town, offering excellent photo opportunities.

Seasonal Advice

Best times to visit and what to expect in different seasons

Spring (March to May)

Spring is a pleasant time to visit Hennaya, Algeria, with mild temperatures and blooming nature. It's a great time for outdoor activities and exploring the surrounding countryside.

Summer (June to August)

Summer in Hennaya, Algeria, brings hot and dry weather, making it ideal for those who enjoy sunbathing and outdoor activities. The region hosts local festivals and events during this season.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, making it a comfortable time to visit Hennaya, Algeria. The fall foliage adds a stunning backdrop to the landscape, making it perfect for photography enthusiasts.

Winter (December to February)

Winter in Hennaya, Algeria, can be chilly and wet, with occasional snowfall in the surrounding mountains. It's a quieter time for tourism, but visitors can enjoy the beauty of snow-capped landscapes and cozy indoor activities.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Hennaya Souk

The bustling Hennaya Souk is a culinary paradise where one can find an array of fresh produce, spices, bread, and local specialties such as olives, dried fruits, and homemade preserved foods. Additionally, the market offers an assortment of street food vendors serving up delicacies like freshly grilled kebabs, msemmen (pan-fried flatbread), and sweet pastries.

Things to do in Hennaya

Unique local experiences...

Pet sitters in Hennaya

Relax and unwind while your furry friend enjoys making a new companion!

Continue exploring Algeria

Algiers, Constantine, Batna, Sétif, Djelfa, Annaba, Sidi Aïssa, Sidi Bel Abbès, Biskra, Tébessa, Ouargla, El Khroub, Tiaret, Bejaïa, Tlemcen, Bir el Djir, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Béchar, Blida, Skikda, Souk Ahras, Chlef, El Eulma, Bordj el Kiffan, Mostaganem, Touggourt, Médéa, Tizi Ouzou, El Oued, Laghouat, M’Sila, Jijel, Relizane, Saïda, Baraki, Guelma, Ghardaïa, Aïn Beïda, Maghnia, Bou Saada, Bou Saâda, Mascara, Khenchela, Barika, Messaad, Aflou, Aïn Oussera, Oran, Es Senia, Bab Ezzouar, Tamanrasset, Arzew, Aïn M’Lila, Hassi Bahbah, El Bayadh, Mohammadia, Khemis Miliana, El Milia, Hamma Bouziane, Chelghoum el Aïd, Dar el Beïda, Oum el Bouaghi, Sougueur, Taher, Birkhadem, Bir el Ater, Khemis el Khechna, Merouana, Aïn Temouchent, Cheria, Tissemsilt, Aïn Oulmene, Sig, Mila, Bouira, Adrar, Ksar el Boukhari, Reghaïa, Aïn Defla, Hadjout, Mecheria, Bordj Menaïel, Oued Rhiou, Assi Bou Nif, Ouled Djellal, Tighenif, Rouiba, Kolea, Berrouaghia, Baba Hassen, Meskiana, Aïn Touta, Lakhdaria, Sidi ech Chahmi, Rouissat, El Attaf, Boufarik, Azzaba, Boudouaou, Oulad Yaïch, Morsott, Frenda, Ksar Chellala, Ouenza, Aïn Sefra, Akbou, Zeralda, Râs el Oued, Boukadir, ’Aïn Merane, Tamalous, Djamaa, Sour el Ghozlane, Saoula, ’Aïn el Turk, El Meghaïer, Fouka, Telerghma, Aïn Fakroun, ’Aïn Azel, Chetouane, Oued Sly, Douera, Ouled Moussa, Tindouf, Hassi Messaoud, Miliana, Beni Saf, ’Aïn Arnat, El Affroun, Tadjenanet, Oued Fodda, Boumerdes, Meftah, Sidi Moussa, Metlili Chaamba, Reguiba, El Golea, Sebdou, ’Aïn el Melh, Magra, Guemar, Sidi Khaled, Staoueli, Draa el Mizan, Aïn Tedeles, Emîr Abdelkader, Bougara, Souma, Ouled Beni Messous, Oued Athmenia, Collo, Ténès, Bou Noura, Hammam Bou Hadjar, Kherrata, Tebesbest, Ouled Fares, Hammam Dalaa, Azazga, Sidi Lakhdar, Aïn Taya, Cherchell, Takhemaret, Oued el Alleug, Selmane, Beni Tamou, Beni Slimane, Ghazaouet, Sidi Okba, Didouche Mourad, El Arrouch, Timimoun, ‘Aïn el Hadjel, Dellys, Oued Zenati, Aïn el Bya, Arris, Aïn Bessem, I-n-Salah, Nedroma, El Abiodh Sidi Cheikh, Bougaa, Sidi Ali, Remchi, Hassi Khelifa, ’Aïn Abid, Draa Ben Khedda, Boghni, Birtouta, Aïn Kercha, Chabet el Ameur, Berriane, Djendel, Zemoura, El Idrissia, El Kseur, N’Gaous, Tizi Gheniff, L’Arbaa Naït Irathen, Sendjas, Ouled Haddaj, Ahmer el ’Aïn, Timizart, Ammi Moussa, Tazmalt, Zighout Youcef, Sabra, Mouzaïa, Ouled Ben Abd el Kader, Sidi Lakhdar, Tablat, Babar, Isser, Sfizef, Bordj el Bahri, Theniet el Had, Ouled Fayet, Taougrite, Ouled Slama Tahta, Tazoult-Lambese, El Abadia, Barbacha, Bouguirat, Feidh el Botma, Birine, Dar Chioukh, Sidi Akkacha, Zeboudja, Zemmouri, Ouled Mimoun, Kaous, Ouled Rahmoun, Misserghin, Chellalat el Adhaouara, El Hadjar, Foughala, El Tarf, Menaceur, Rouached, Tipasa, Chekfa, Debila, El Karimia, Télagh, Aïn Kechera, ’Aïn Boucif, Tadjmout, Mekla, Freha, Douar Bou Tlelis, Ksar el Hirane, Beni Amrane, Berhoum, Khelil, Oued el Djemaa, Beni Rached, Makouda, Bordj Ghdir, Tadmaït, Amoucha, Bouzeghaia, El Amria, Naciria, Mechta Ouled Oulha, Kadiria, Had Sahary, Souahlia, Kheïredine, Ghriss, Bourkika, Djinet, Robbah, Sayada, Hassi Maameche, Sidi Amrane, Sirat, M’Chedallah, Beni Douala, Chebli, Beni Mered, Thenia, Lioua, Oum Drou, Mansourah, Oued el Aneb, Tizi-n-Bechar, Sidi Lahssen, Bordj Bounaama, Beni Haoua, El Hammadia, Sour, Aomar, ’Aïn el Bell, Reggane, ’Aïn el Hammam, Tala Yfassene, Taïbet, Abou el Hassan, El Ancer, Temacine, Mesra, Sidi Merouane, ’Aïn Mabed, Merad, Rechaïga, Bir Kasdali, Arbaoun, Charef, Arbatache, Oued el Abtal, Tirmitine, El Malah, Zahana, Ben ’Aknoûn, Medjedel, Timoktene, Bougtob, Bettioua, El Achir, Maoussa, Ben Daoud, El Bordj, Sidi Kada, Herenfa, Beni Fouda, El Omaria, Fornaka, Sigus, Oued el Kheïr, Aïn Zaouïa, El Kouif, Illizi, Souaflia, Tizi Rached, Damous, Bou Hanifia el Hamamat, Mers el Kebir, Sidi Daoud, Ighram, Azeffoun, Aïn Feka, ’Aïn Abessa, Djouab, N’Goussa, Tichi, Bordj Mokhtar, Bou Hadjar, Ouled Chebel, Berriche, Naama, Chorfa, ’Aïn Babouche, Medjana, El Ach, Mecheraa Asfa, Ouamri, Baghlia, Hammam M’Baïls, Hadjadj, Ouadhia, ’Aïn el Arbaa, Boudjima, Mouiat Ouennsa, Souagui, Ebn Ziad, Ain el Hadid, Tizi-n-Tleta, Guerouma, Medrissa, Sidi Ghiles, Chemini, Boumahra Ahmed, Es Sebt, Melouza