Algeria Quick Guide

Algeria may appear as a small country in the far North of Africa, but it holds a captivating charm that makes it one of the world's most sought-after destinations. Its breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches have been luring tourists from across the globe for years.

Ever since the French Revolution in 1830, when Algeria was a French colony, the country has undergone rapid development, earning its status as one of the fastest-growing nations in the world. Its thriving economy has led to a remarkable increase in tourism.

There's an abundance of things to do in Algeria, from exhilarating hiking adventures to exploring historical sites that echo the nation's rich heritage. The vibrant nightlife and diverse cultural experiences further enrich the journey for visitors.

Top 5 Cities to Explore

  1. Algiers: The capital city of Algeria, Algiers, perfectly blends modernity with tradition, earning its nickname "the Paris of North Africa."
  2. Oran: Once a serene coastal town, Oran has transformed into a bustling urban center with high-rise buildings and inviting streets, all set against the backdrop of its picturesque beaches.
  3. Annaba: Situated near the Tunisian border, Annaba has a rich history as a major trade port. Its architectural charm harmoniously combines French colonial and Mediterranean styles, while ancient archaeological sites like Ksar Haouchine and Ksar Chellala beg exploration.
  4. Constantine: This city, founded by the Romans and named after Constantine the Great, exudes Romanesque allure. With a slower pace of life reminiscent of a tranquil village, it's an idyllic retreat for seekers of peace and quiet.
  5. Tlemcen: Once a part of Spain, Tlemcen gained independence during the French colonization period. Today, it's witnessing rapid growth with an influx of immigrants from neighboring countries like Tunisia and Morocco, making it a hidden gem ready to be discovered.

Algeria's allure transcends its size, offering travelers a unique and profound experience within its awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant cities.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Algeria are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Algeria are the months of March and those between October and November, when the days are cool and sunny. Even mid-winter can be a good time, even if the desert night temperatures are extremely low.

Do I need a Visa?

Before you travel, you will need to get a visa from the Algerian Consulate in London. You can't get a visa on arrival. You should check the details of your visa, including validity dates, before travelling.

See which forms you may need for entry into Algeria.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Algeria is the Algerian Dinar (DZD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Algeria you can grab amazing Algerian Dinar deals via (GBP to DZD).

What about the wildlife?

The most commonly seen animals include the wild boars, jackals, and gazelles, although it is not uncommon to spot fennecs and jerboas. Leopard and cheetah are seldom seen. A variety of bird species make the country an attraction for bird watchers.

What is the traditional food?

Arabic food? Often considered the national dish of Algeria, Couscous is a perfect complement to any meal. This dish is composed of small pellets of steamed semolina topped with meat, vegetables, and various spices. In Algeria, the most popular meat and vegetable accompaniments for this meal include chicken, carrots and chickpeas.

What Languages are spoken?

Algerian Arabic and Berber are the native languages of over 99% of Algerians, with Algerian Arabic spoken by about 72% and Berber by 27.4%. French, though it has no official status, is widely used in government, culture, media (newspapers) and education (from primary school), due to Algeria's colonial history. You can learn some basic Arabic before you travel to Algeria and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Algeria is the Algerian Dinar (The wages are fairly low and so generous tipping is appreciated but not over the top (around 10-15%).).

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  • Police: 1548
  • Ambulance: 14
  • Fire: 14
  • UK Embassy: +213 770 08 50 00

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