Official language: Arabic ,Berber as well as French are widely understood languages.
The currency: Algerian dinar
Welcome to beautiful Algeria. Almost 3 times the size of the state of Texas and the second largest country in Africa, Algeria might easily be overlooked because of its troubled reputation, but if you take a deeper look you will find an adventure filled landscape that is just waiting to be discovered. The majestic Hoggar Mountains and the great Sahara Dessert all but overshadow the endless olive groves and the whitewashed fishing ports. There’s the great “White City” of Algiers and the UNSESCO World Heritage Site of Casbah – where age old ruins neighbor modern civilization.With more than four fifths of the country covered by the dessert, the Sahara definitely forms the main attraction for tourists. Think myriad tales and nomadic Berbers living in the dunes, oasis towns such as Ghardaia and the prehistoric rock at Hoggar. It might seem like neighboring countries are safer to travel to, but with the right tour operators this dessert paradise can easily and safely be explored and might be just the spot to lose track in.
Must see places in Algeria
Things you have to do in Algeria
Camel tours in the Sahara Dessert
The 5 Cities Tour
Ski on the Desert Dunes
Camp out at Assekrem
Take a Cable Car Ride
Rock Climbing on Hoggar Mountains
Dessert 4x4 Trip
Best time to visit Algeria
Tourists visit Algeria between May and September
Algeria has mild and wet winters that tend to be drier and colder in the plateau than at the cost and in summer you can expect hot and dry summers. If you are traveling to tour the dessert it’s advisable to do so in the late winter/ early summer months to avoid extreme weather conditions. Early and mid-summer times are also great for visiting the coastal regions if you plan on staying at one of the many available resorts. September through May is generally cooler months in the Northern parts of Algeria, and the southern parts see cooler climates from October through to April.
- Couscous – yes, the food so nice they named it twice. Its steamed semolina that is served as a starch side dish or with vegetables in a warm salad.
- Chorba – Chorba is essentially a meaty soup, it’s a staple food in Algeria and quite simply delicious as well as very filling.
- Rechta – This is spaghetti that is made by hand and is usually served with chicken broth.
- Mechoui – Lamb roast at its best! This charcoal grilled lamb is a traditional delicacy and is sure to fill you up while indulging in the great spice mixes and the delicacy of the meat.
- Baklawa – It’s not like the traditional Greek sweet treat. Its gooey, sugary and oh so delectable. These honey drenched almond cakes are the perfect desert or simply eaten as a sweet snack.
February - Western Sahara Marathon: This great race that sees thousands of competitors from all over the world run routes varying between 3.1 miles and 25.5 miles is exhilarating and inspiring to say the least.
March - Ghardaia Carpet Festival: Algerians are big on carpet weaving and this event brings the designers together where they sell and market their handiwork. There are competitions for the best rugs and the festival is always accompanied by a grand procession and traditional music.
April - Marathon des Dunes: Yet another great Saharan race that starts out in the oasis town of Bećhar and sees thousands of runners from around the word compete in this sandy race.
June - Commemoration Day: This festival of days is held in memory of Mohammed Ben Bella’s overthrow from rule is Algeria. There are musical processions to be seen, loads of festive food and traditional music.
November- Anniversary of the Revolution: Held each year to commemorate the great Algeria War, in which the people fought for democratization of the country, it’s a festive celebration that quite literally gets one just as excited as the locals. Lots of singing and dancing and music is widely seen throughout the cities.