ALGERIA TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
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ALGERIA QUICK FACTS
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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ALGERIA 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.
ALGERIA 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.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN ALGERIA
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.
HIKING & CYCLING IN ALGERIA
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 OPTIONS IN ALGERIA
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.
SURFING IN ALGERIA
You can find solid swell in Algeria in November and December.
KITESURF IN ALGERIA
The best winds for kitesurfing in Algeria are May to September, but it's not a particularly popular kitesurfing destination.