Welcome to Aïn Taya, a charming suburb located in the administrative constituency of Dar El Beïda in the Governorate of Greater Algiers, Algeria. With a population of 34,501 at the 2008 census, Aïn Taya is a hidden gem that is often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbors. However, this enchanting destination boasts a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine that make it a must-visit for any traveler.
One of the most notable features of Aïn Taya is its stunning coastline, which stretches for 8 km (almost 5 mi) along the Mediterranean Sea. This makes it the perfect destination for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Whether you want to soak up the sun on the sandy shores or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, Aïn Taya has something for everyone.
In addition to its beautiful coastline, Aïn Taya is also home to a thriving agricultural industry. In fact, 60% of the municipality’s 955 hectares (9.5 km2) are used for agriculture. This means that visitors can enjoy fresh, locally grown produce and sample some of the region’s delicious cuisine. From traditional Algerian dishes like couscous and tagine to French-inspired pastries and bread, Aïn Taya’s food scene is sure to delight your taste buds.
For history buffs, Aïn Taya has plenty to offer as well. The suburb was once part of Boumerdès Province with postal code 35310 before becoming part of the Governorate of Greater Algiers. Its rich history can be seen in its architecture, which features a mix of French colonial and traditional Algerian styles. Visitors can explore landmarks like the former railway station, which was connected to Algiers by 1055 mm gauge local railway Chemins de Fer sur Routes d´Algerie in 1914. The trains departed from Algiers at 6.09, 13.29, and 17.40 arriving in Aïn-Taya at 8.21, 15.37 and 19.57. The return workings departed from Aïn-Taya at 5.37, 12.53 and 17.13 arriving in Algiers at 7.45, 15.05 and 19.25. The rail distance was 32 km (20 miles). This service was hauled by a Decauville built narrow gauge steam locomotives. The C.F.R.A. also operated also lines from Algiers to Rovigo and via Gyotville to Kolea (44 km) and Casiglione (47 km).
Finally, no visit to Aïn Taya would be complete without experiencing its vibrant culture and meeting its friendly locals. The suburb has a budget of 46 million DZD and is currently led by the Peoples Municipal Assembly(mayor) Abdelkader Rakkas (2017-2022). Its population is diverse, with an important part of the population being of Kabyle origin. Aïn Taya has a rich cultural heritage that can be seen in its music, art, and festivals. Visitors can attend events like the annual Aïn Taya Festival, which celebrates the suburb’s history and culture.
In conclusion, Aïn Taya is a hidden gem that is waiting to be discovered. With its stunning coastline, delicious cuisine, rich history, and vibrant culture, it is the perfect destination for any traveler looking for an authentic Algerian experience. So why not add Aïn Taya to your bucket list and start planning your trip today?