WHY VISIT ALGERIA
Still reasonably protected from mass tourism due to the political climate, Algeria has numerous attractions, cultural as well as natural. The bomb scares over the last few years have kept tourists away from the towns.
Algeria still has many undiscovered marvels; the mosques, Our Lady of Africa Basilica, the Rais Palace, and the Bardo Museum to name but a few. Oran is not to be outdone either with its Sacred Heart Cathedral, the old town of Ghardaïa, the cemetery, and the subterranean mosque together with its rugs. Tlemcen will seduce you with its medina and its mosques.
The Sahara is the jewel in the crown of Algeria and it would be a shame to miss the chance of discovering it. In the Tamanrasset area, with its streets of sand and its cubic houses, the Hoggar and its ochre rocks, its sand dunes, and the blue men of the desert, you will feel as if you have been displaced in time to another world. The Tassili N’Ajjer plain will reveal to you tormented landscapes of canyons and gorges but also its ancient prehistoric rock paintings that date back 4,000 years.
Towards the west, the Timimoun Oasis with its incredible forest of palm trees and ancient salt lakes is also the departure point for forays into the dunes of the Western Grand Erg.
WHAT TO SEE IN ALGERIA
WHEN TO GO TO ALGERIA
The best period to visit Algeria is from May to October.
The northern part of the country has a Mediterranean-type climate with hot dry summers and mild, humid winters. The Saharan area has a desert climate with large differences in temperature between day and night (45°C during the daytime and 5°C at night) with areas where rain does not fall for years on end, sometimes even for decades.
Visiting the Sahara is obviously better during winter, if possible before April when the heat starts to be overbearing. The Algerian coastline is great to explore at any time due to the mild temperatures during winter and supportable temperatures in summer.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH ALGERIA
For traveling within the country, airplanes and buses function fairly efficiently. At present, it is recommended that you visit Algeria as part of an organized tour group.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON ALGERIA
health tips & vaccination: avoid drinking tap water, peel all fruit and protect yourself from mosquitoes. If you go into the desert take a first aid kit with you and do not forget your sun cream.
local currency: Algerian Dinar.
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and type F (230 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN ALGERIA
typical food in Algeria
souvenirs from Algeria
- traditional silver jewellery, brass and leather objects, pottery and rugs.
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