Jijel

Jijel (Arabic: جيجل), the classical Igilgili, is the capital of Jijel Province in north-eastern Algeria. It is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Corniche Jijelienne and had a population of 131,513 in 2008.

Jijel
جيجل
Jijel
Motto(s): 
"From the people, for the people"
Location of Jijel in the Jijel Province
Jijel
Location of Jijel in Algeria
Coordinates: 36°49′N 05°45′E
Country Algeria
ProvinceJijel Province
DistrictJijel District
APC2012-2017
Government
  TypeMunicipality
  MayorYazid Abdellah
Area
  Total62.38 km2 (24.09 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2008 census)
  Total131,513
  Density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Postal code
18000
ISO 3166 codeCP
Websitewww.jijel-dz.org
Ras Afia lighthouse
Constructed1907[1]
Foundationstone base
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower height16.8 metres (55 ft)[1]
Tower shapeoctagonal tower with balcony and lantern attached to the front 2-storey keeper’s house
Markingswhite tower, red lantern
OperatorOffice Nationale de Signalisation Maritime
Focal height45.2 metres (148 ft)[1]
Lensfirst order Fresnel lens 
Light sourcemain power
Intensity1,000 W[1]
Range21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi)[1]
CharacteristicFl R 5s.[2]
NGA no.113-22308
Admiralty no.E6558 
ARLHS no.ALG-029[3]

Jijel is the administrative and trade center for a region specialising in cork processing, leather tanning and steelmaking. Local crops include citrus and grain. Fishing is also of great importance. Tourists (mainly Algerians) are attracted to Jijel for its landscapes and fine sand beaches. Being a resort town, there are many hotels and restaurants. There are Phoenician tombs nearby.