Welcome to the complete guide for visiting Algeria, from sightseeing tours to adventure vacations, hotels, restaurants, tourist activities getting there and what to do in Algeria.
Things to do in Algeria
- Explore the enchanted Oasis
Within the desert region of Grand Erg Occidental is a beautiful Oasis town called El Golea which is known as the ‘Pearl of the desert’ or the enchanted Oasis because o its verdant vegetation as well as the large volumes of water. Within this town you will find ruins of an old fort that up-to-date has been well preserved and these are a big attraction for many holidaymakers.
- Explore holy Beni Isguen
The beautiful fortified City of holy Beni Isguen is located close to Ghardaia deep within the Sahara desert behind the ramparts and the numerous brick houses in this area foam a defense interconnecting district with narrow streets and unique about it is since its establishment back in the 14th century very little has changed about it. Prior to entering this Holy City guests have to observe a number of strict rules such as: photography is totally forbidden, every visitor should be in the company o a tour guide and there are strict rules regarding the dress code.
- Visit Tlemcen
Since its establishment in the 12th century, Tlemcen served as a significant imperial City until the 16th century and today when you visit Algeria you can get an opportunity to explore this amazing City found on the lower slopes Tellian Atlas and surrounded by several trees. Because of the woodlands nature of its surrounding, a visit here will be the perfect escape from the scorching heat especially during the summer months. some of the key tourist sites in this city include the Almohad ramparts, the great mosque as well as the Mansourah Fortress.
- Hike Hoggar Mountains
The horizon of Algeria’s Sahara desert is interrupted by jugged peaks of the hoggar mountain ranges which stretch into neighboring Libya and they are entirely surrounded by the desert. This mountain ranges comprises of plateau with eroded cliffs, volcanic rocks as well as granite needles that form impressive shapes of black pink and blue basalt
- Visit Constantine
Located within the northeastern province of Algeria Constantine is a unique natural citadel and this city is among Africa’s oldest cities with a great history that dates back to 600 BC. This capital of the northeastern province was previously referred to as Cirta by the Carthaginians who founded it and despite it being the oldest city in Algeria today it is still inhabited by a very large population of people. Some of the key sites to visit here include the Djamma el-Kebir mosques as well as the Ahmed Bey Palace.
- Explore the Sahara on Camelback
one of the best and most impressive ways to explore the endless sand of the Sahara desert is by taking a camel ride, and there are a number of tour operators found in Tamanrasset that organize desert tours on Camel back. The more adventurous holidaymakers actually can decide to go fot camping adventures in the desert which will give them a closer encounter of the Sahara.
- Discover the golden key o the Sahara
When you explore the South part of Algeria deep within the Sahara desert you will find Ouargla a very old city also referred to as the golden key of the Sahara desert. The beautiful ochre colored desert town is worth exploring and you will see its vibrant souks as well as towering minarets that offer uninterrupted views of the surrounding.
- Explore the hot Sahara
no adventure can be matched up to the massive Remarkable and very forbidding Sahara desert of Algeria and the best way to access it is to enter it through the El Kautara gorges found close to Constantine. The breathtaking sudden view of the vast Sahara through these gorges can be matched to no other. It is alleged that the El Kautara gorges separate the land of unending sunshine with the winter lands and it’s for that reason that the local inhabitants of this region refer to them as the mouth of the Sahara (Fouur Es Sahra).
- Go Dune Skiing
Dune skiing is one of the amazing unique activities you can enjoy on a safari to Algeria thanks to the huge sized sand dunes found in the Sahara desert. you may choose to bring your personal skis or simply rent the skiing gear through your travel agency and then have a remarkable experience in the desert
- Explore Tamanrasset
Tamanrasset is the unofficial capital of the Sahara region in Algeria and it is located in the middle of the Hoggar Mountains. Several tourists visit this city which serves as a perfect base or tours to explore the desert or hike the mountains. This city is also a popular destination in the winter season for both the local Algerians and some international guests and it is commonly visited by several Camel caravans belonging to the Les hommes bleus also known as the blue robed Touaregs who very many years ago were the nomad residents of this area.
- Explore Djemila
Close to Setif city is the beautiful old Roman city of Djemila that has been properly preserved to date. This beautiful city is not commonly crowded with holidaymakers so as you explore its Splendor you will get the feeling that you are the only one in this area. it is surrounded by beautiful Green hills dotted with pine forests and has a number of large temples and a huge amphitheatre all worth exploring.
- Hike around Tassili N’ Ajjer
Also known as the Plateau of Christmas, the Tassili N’Ajjer is a massive volcanic plateau that is crossed by several gorges which were formed by a number of rivers that today have dried up. When you explore the Tassili N’Ajjer you won’t fail to notice the unique collection of rock paintings which are dated back to the Neolithic era.
- Explore the blue greenish coast
Close to the capital of Algiers are a number of beautiful seaside resorts with Zeralda a beautiful Beach Town being the most prominent. This town receives a large number of holidaymakers who come to enjoy the vibrant holiday vibe and explore it’s replica of a nomad village. exploring further east from the capital the blue-green Waters of the coast meet a beautiful beachside that extends or several kilometers and is covered with fine sand and scattered with Rocky coves a visit to sidi Fredj peninsular will give you an opportunity to enjoy various water sports activity as well as see the open theater and the marina.
- Visit the Tipasa ruins
The ancient city of Tipasa is located close to the capital of Algiers and a visit here will give you an opportunity to see a Numidian mausoleum that overlooks part of the Mediterranean Sea, the Christian ruins and Roman Punic
- Explore Algiers the Caita City
Since the Roman era, Algiers as served as a port, however in the middle o the 19th century, the French commercialized it and it has very many spectacular landmarks and site that attract a large number of tourists to it.
Below we have highlighted some o the best places and things to do in Algiers.
- Explore Casbah
Casbah is a citadel found in Algiers which was established in the 16th century and it’s the oldest city round in the capital city. This ancient town has a complex network of narrow streets which can be explored on a guided tour. UNESCO declared this site as a heritage cultural site in 1992.
- Visit the Museum Of Modern Art Algiers
In 2007 Algeria opened the National Museum of modern Art (MaMa) with an aim to safeguard the cultural heritage of the region. Today, it offers a platform to the local artisans to display their modern art works that are observed by a large number of visitors. Formerly, this building served as a departmental store before being transformed into a museum
- Visit the Notre-Dame D’afrique Basilica
Also referred to as Madame l’Afrique This incredible Roman Catholic cathedral is one o the best places to explore in Algiers. The eye-catching architectural design which was completed towards the end of the 19th century has a very flashy interior and in 2012, the government o Algeria listed it as one o the historical monuments in the country.
- Visit the Museum of Popular Arts & Traditions
The National Museum of Traditions and Popular Arts is a highly recommended place to visit for those interested in history and art. it houses a combination o the new and old all under a single roof with great displays of very old local crafts plus contemporary art works beautifully displayed. The museum is among the popular landmarks in Algiers.
- Take pictures of the Dar Hassan Pacha
Dar Hassan Pacha is one of the well preserved palaces that was named after its proprietor who served as the Finance Minister back in the late 18th century. After his passing, this residence served as home to the emperors and governors o Algeria over the following years. Today this site is closed off to the general public but it has a beautiful central deck perfect for photography.
- Explore the Bardo National Museum
The Bardo National Museum of Ethnography and Pre-history is housed in a building constructed back in the Ottoman era and today holds a large collection of treasure. The snobbish ornaments and the uniquely beautiful architecture of this place have also drawn many holidaymakers to pay a visited to this site.
- Visit La Grande Poste D’alger
Within the city center of Algiers is a magnificent white building that you will not fail to notice on your city tour. Constructed in 1910 by two lead architects Marius Toudoire and Jules Voinot, it has a very beautiful interior, and today it is the man post office of Algeria and also has a museum where visitors can see the great history of Algeria in line with telecommunication and post revolution over the past years.
- Visit Palais Des Rais
Also well-known as Bastion 23, the Palais des Rais comprises of a large number of houses that have very clear sights of the Mediterranean Sea. Today this complex serves as a place where shows and exhibits in Algiers are held. As you tour the main building you will not fail to appreciate the Ottoman style o architecture.
- Djama’a Al-Djedid
The phrase in ‘Djama’a al-Djedid’ in the Arabic language means “the new mosque” and it is among the most remarkable historical mosques found in Algeria’s capital city. Its construction was finished back in the 17th Century following the Moorish style of architecture. This very old building dates back to the time when the Ottoman where living in Algiers.
- Explore the Beautiful Botanical Garden
The Botanical gardens found in Algeria are known as Jardin d’Essai du Hamma where a visit here will give you an opportunity to see some of the unique flora species found in this country. During the era when the French lived in this town they established theses beautiful gardens and today it is the best place to see some very beautiful flowers as well as a number of impressive plants. There are various trails here that will take you through the verdant fields and holiday makers can choose to enjoy some rest under the shade of the towering trees.
- Visit the Martyrs’ Memorial (Mémorial Du Martyr)
The Mémorial du Martyr was constructed in 1982 near the Hamma Botanical Garden, to commemorate the Algerian war that led the country to independence. This memorial is denoted with three huge palm leaves and in the middle there is an eternity flame. it was erected in memory o the people who were killed between the 1950s and 1960s independence war.
- Visit the Ketchaoua Mosque
This remarkable mosque is found within the old town of Casbah and was constructed back in the 17th century using a combination o the Byzantine and the Moorish style of architecture. Today this beautiful building attracts a very large number of tourists who come to marvel at its beautiful design making one of the frequently visited sites in Algiers
Frequently asked Questions on Algeria
Below we have compiled a number of questions that are frequently asked by people going on holiday in Algeria, and we believe that they will better help you plan for your holiday in this amazing safari destination in Africa.
Do I need a visa to visit Algeria?
Depending on the citizenship of your passport, you will be required to obtain a Visa before entering the country. You are highly recommended to use a travel document expert in order to avoid any errors just before handing in your visa application the Algerian Consulate or embassy in your home country. Business and single entry visas of thirty (30) days can also be played for and this may take two to three days to obtain it. You can also extend or renew your Visa especially if you are planning to stay for a longer duration in Algeria. A passport is the other important requirement needed while visiting Algeria. Your passport should have a validity of a minimum of six (6) months and you will be required to have at least two blank pages where the entry stamp at the time of entry into the country will be put
Is Algeria safe to visit?
Yes, Algeria is considered to be a safe African destination however the large towns especially the capital Algiers has cases of petty theft that have been recorded there.
Holidaymakers are advice to be vigilant and take good precaution of your personal belongings.
It is also greatly advised against traveling alone overnight between the different cities and exploring the mountainous parts of the country or isolated areas by yourself.
You are advised to do so in the company of a repeatable travel agent or tour operator.
Please check with the Consulate website of the Algerian embassy as often as possible before visiting the country to get the latest security regarding Algeria
What is the acceptable dress code and etiquette in Algeria?
Because Algeria is mainly an Islamic country there are various prohibitions plus manners that all people visiting the country should observe.
When going to the rural areas you are highly advised to dress modest although this may not be the case in the bigger cities like the capital of Algiers.
Photography of military Parsons or installation is prohibited.
In case you are visiting a mosque it is a requirement that you take off your shoes and dress conservatively.
drinking alcohol is not prohibited however when you visit some of the conservative rural towns you will discover that there are no liquor stores or even bars and it’s for that reason but you are recommended to take alcohol while at the bar in your hotel.
It is also advised against publicly discussing politics considering that the country has experienced a great wave of political challenges.
What is the local currency in Algeria?
The local currency o Algeria is the Algerian dinar denoted as DZD/AD, and it’s comprised of 100 centimes. There are also coins that vary from 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100; whereas the notes are in dinar denominations o 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.
What vaccinations do I need before visiting Algeria?
Although there are no formal vaccines required when visiting Algeria you are advised to make sure that you are up to date with the different regular immunizations. The Hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended and the shot should be received 2 to 4 weeks prior to your departure date from your home country and in addition, it is advised that you get a booster dose between 6 to 12 months later. The typhoid vaccine is also highly recommended and this is administered orally. All persons traveling from countries with yellow fever are mandated to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate as proof of receiving the vaccine to the immigrations officers of Algeria at the point o entrance into the country. In case you plan to get in contact with any animals during your stay you are also highly advised to get the rabies vaccination and this is administered in a series of three different shots
How to protect yourself from insect bites on a safari in Algeria?
Holidaymakers planning to visit the rural parts of the country are advised to pack long sleeve tops plus trousers or long pants, as well as apply insect repellents on their bodies and clothes. At the end of your day’s adventure you are also advised to carefully check your clothing for any ticks.
Is tap water safe to drink in Algeria?
No, you are advised to refrain from drinking tap water directly but rather have it properly boiled or disinfected and treated with appropriate chemicals. In case you are consuming bottled drinking water please ensure that the seal of the bottle is intact at the time of being served. Avoid drinking beverages served with ice as you may not be able to guarantee whether the water used for the ice cubes is appropriate to be consumed.
Is it safe to swim or bathe in the natural water sources of Algeria?
No, please refrain entering the different natural water sources including Rivers, ponds or lakes as you stand the risk of contracting bilharzias. In case you are using fresh water to bathe it should be fast heated before being showered or bathed.
What electricity current is used in Algeria?
Algeria runs on electricity of 230 volts / 50 Hz and uses the European two (2) pin circular plugs
What is the time zone in Algeria?
The time zone in Algeria is GMT +1
What is the best time to Visit Algeria?
the coastal towns o Algeria including the capital city Algiers as well as Oran, experience a generally fairly characteristic Mediterranean climate and or that reason from June to September it is normally hot making it an ideal time to visit such places (although temperatures will not be as high as it is in the desert areas).
In case you are visiting the desert areas, the best time to take a desert safari in Algeria is in April to March as well as from October to November when the temperatures are fairly bearable. In the month of the October the country is having it annual harvest or dates
Why Visit Algeria?
This is the sole country on the planet which has 1,200 kilometers of coastline on the gorgeous Mediterranean and 1.5 million square kilometers of the Sahara desert in the south. Algeria, perhaps the least visited country on the planet, is a land with a living history originating from the era of ancient Rome to the much older Numidia. In addition to that, you will find reminisces of the Islamic Algerian, Vandals, Ottoman civilizations as well as Byzantine, in this exceptional region. The nation is full of exciting surprises, stunning beauty plus very welcoming people. Most westerners never ever consider visiting this section of North Africa; however a trip to Algeria will be a very memorable experience.
What to see on a Tour in Algeria?
Algeria is a huge country presenting tourists many attractions plus activities. Algiers which is The capital city has a very rich history and ruins found at Timgad, Djemila as well as Tipasa are intriguing to see. The Most important attractions within Algeria include the Local Art Museum as well as the National Museum of Fine Arts plus Bardo Ethnographic. Take a step back into its history by going to the Hauts Plateaux in which you will see the historical Tlemcen city and also the Grand Mosque – Almohad ramparts plus Masourah Fortress. We have a list of Algeria tour operators to take you to see more of this.
Traveling towards the impressive Sahara uncovers an entirely new world of tourist attractions within Algeria. The holy city of Beni-Isguen, having properly guarded gates and the auction market, all are worth visiting during your holiday. Ouargla, often referred to as ‘the golden key into the desert’, is a charming town with a malekite minaret, beautiful architecture as well as the market square. Natural attractions within Algeria as well are plentiful with Kabylia plus the Chiffa Gorges. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean down the Turquoise coast or at the Sidi Fredj peninsula.
With a lot to see and enjoy in this historical and beautiful country, visitors will find themselves finding it very hard to select which attractions they mainly are interested in seeing. In case this is the situation with you, then begin by first selecting the precise attractions you mostly wish to enjoy. After that you can select the 3 attractions in that category which most interest you. Then you can spend the rest of the time of your holiday visiting the other attractions you like, certain about the fact that at least you have visited the most fascinating attractions within Algeria. This amazing country definitely has something for each and everyone, therefore visit Algeria before long.
Which Tour Company or Tour Operator in Algeria?
Algeria is one of the top ranked tourist destinations in north western Africa and has for long been hosting several visitors arriving from various countries to spend their holidays here.
The country has a large number of safari / tour companies dedicated to organizing wonderful tours throughout the country, giving visitors an impressive experience. Don’t neglect to confirm that the company you’re planning to use is indexed with the Algeria tour operator agencies.
Where to Stay on a Algeria Tour, Hotels and Lodges?
Hotels in Algeria are star rated from the contemporary 5-star to the tourist class (2nd and 1st star), however places to reside tends to be minimal and highly-priced, particularly the top notch hotels. In addition there are a number of youth hostels across the country as well as camping is generally free on the beaches and very common land, although it is always recommended to first ask for permission.
When to Go on a Tour in Algeria?
The northern area of the country features a Mediterranean climate comprised of hot dry summers plus moderate, humid winters. Then the Saharan region features a desert climate with substantial temperature differences between the day and the night (45°C in the day and 5°C through the night) with places where rain doesn’t fall for years at a time, even at times for decades.
Going to the Sahara is actually better during wintertime, when possible just before April as the heat begins to be overbearing. The coastline of Algeria is best to explore whenever you want because of the mild temperatures in the winter and favorable temperatures during summer.
Are the people of Algeria Friendly?
Algerians are popular for their kindness and hospitality. This name Algeria comes from the name of the most ancient continuous settlement as well as modern capital of the country, Algiers, a well located port-city with access to Europe as well as the Middle East. The majority of the population here lives in the north. Although most of the population that are Arab (or combined Arabs and Berbers) understand the standard Algerian culture, the tribe of the Berber especially in the more cut off southern mountainous areas and desert areas, hold on to more of the native Berber culture plus identity.
What is the Weather like in Algeria?
Algeria is more than 80 % desert and for that reason it mostly has a dry desert climate. Even so, the Atlas Mountains together with the northern Mediterranean coast produce huge regional variation in weather conditions. The coastal area experiences a warm Mediterranean climate. moving South of this region, the conditions become more and more dry with more severe temperatures, interspersed with the cooler and wetter mountains. The rain in Algeria falls virtually throughout in the winter season which starts in October to April, and a number of places hardly ever receive rainfall at all.
Although the northern Algeria coast along the Mediterranean Sea gets alluring weather nearly throughout the year with a lot of heat, excellent sunshine, minimal humidity as well as less rainfall, this doesn’t make it a perfect holiday destination for an average holidaymaker. The difficult recent past of the country including the battle for independence from the French in the 1950’s plus a ferocious civil war during the 90’s, implies that even today it’s in a condition of civil unrest. In 1992, A state of emergency was announced and up to now this is still in place. Prevalent poverty plus unemployment, in addition to what Amnesty International refers to as ‘institutionalized’ violation of human rights plus a sequence of terrorist attacks, are among the less appealing features of Algeria.