ALGERIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. Many empires have left legacies here, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza. After the secession of South Sudan from Sudan, Algeria became the largest country in Africa. Recent Algerian history has been peaceful since the last war it was involved in ended in 2005.

 

Algerian tourism is best known for its ancient ruins—principally those from the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Some of the most famous include Timgad near Batna, Hippo Regius at Annaba, Djemila at Sétif, Calama at Guelma, and ruins from all three empires at Tipasa.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Algeria has closed its borders until further notice. Entry is limited to nationals returning on repatriation flights from abroad, and foreign nationals with diplomatic/residency visas.Those who are eligible for entry will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Algiers

  • Currency: Algerian dinar (د.ج / DZD)

  • Area: 2,381,741 km²

  • Population: 42,23 million (2018 estimate)

  • Language: Arabic and Tamazight (official), French and English are often the languages of business

  • Religion: Muslim 98%, Christian 1.0%, Jewish 0.2%

  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 19 June, Commemoration Day
  • 5 July, Independence Day
  • 1 November, Revolution Day

Also, Muharram (Islamic New Year), Ashura, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Algeria experiences two distinct climates: a Mediterranean climate in northern Algeria and a desert climate in the majority of the country. The sub-humid Mediterranean climate on the coast and in the Tell Atlas Mountains is characterised by wet and mild winters and hot and dry summers. The rest of the country is covered by the Sahara Desert, where the seasonal average winter temperature is 15°C to 28°C and 40°C to 45°C during the summer. In the north, moist winds from the sea bring rain from autumn to spring. Algeria's climate is also influenced by Sirocco winds, which cause increased temperature with dusty, dry conditions and storms in the Mediterranean Sea.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Algeria is relatively short, from December until March. You can try one of two places: Chrea National Park in the Blida Province or Tikjda in Djurdjura National Park.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Algeria is from March to November, although it can always be very hot and winds cause frequent sand storms.

BEACH:

Algeria has beautiful beaches with a summer beach season stretching from March to November with May to October being the hottest. Visit the beaches of Oran, Bejaia, Marsa Ben M'Hidi, Zeralda, Ziama Mansouriah and Tichy.

WIND:

The best winds for kitesurfing in Algeria are May to September, but it's not a particularly popular kitesurfing destination.

SURFING:

You can find solid swell in Algeria in November and December.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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