50 km south-east of Blida, the 26,000 ha Chrea National Park is home to the Monkey Creek gorge, the Ferns Pass trail and thousand-year-old cedar forests. The snow-covered peaks (in winter) of the Tellian Atlas can be reached by the National Road 37, which winds its way up to Chréa, at 1,550 m.
Upstairs, a change of scenery is guaranteed. The altitude and orientation of this winter resort allows the summit slopes to retain snow for a period that can last from December to March. From these heights, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the massif, the surrounding forests and the Mitidja. We can even see, in the background, the sea and Mount Chenoua, and a small mound, over there, in the distance, which is none other than the Christian's tomb.
The charming mountain village of Chréa was the first ski resort created by the French in Algeria. It quickly became a famous resort. Its small wooden chalets almost reminded us of the Vosges or the Jura. The snow cover was capricious and the gradient was slight, but you could still enjoy skiing in winter. Nowadays, nobody skis on the spot during the winter season but the snowy landscapes remain grandiose.
In summer, it is nice to go there to find some coolness and avoid the torrid heat of the Mitidja. At the site called "le Ruisseau des Singes" (because of the many monkeys that frequent the area and that you will see from the road), you will find a very pleasant hotel complex with cafeteria and restaurant ... Tables and chairs have been set up in the water to refresh the gambettes in summer: a delight. Children will enjoy the mini-zoo on site.
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