My couchsurfing host in Algiers was the nicest and took two days off work when I visited and told me that he could take me anywhere I wanted with his motorbike.
One place I had planned to visit by public transport was Tipaza, just 70 kilometer from the capital, but I am glad I didnt as I would have to walk a lot in the heat from the bus stop. With a bike everything was easy: we stopped at the Royal Mausoleum of Mauritania which is a Berber burial ground looking like a round pyramid and walked for a couple of hours through the ruins in Tipaza city.
Driving back we opted for a detour through Blida where we cought a cable car up to a village called Chrea were locals went to go hiking in the summer and go skiing in the winter.
I had previously thought that Algeria was a country completely covered by desert and was happy to find mountain trails through green forests and drink fresh water straight from the streams.