Algeria is a country in North Africa with a significant portion being a part of the world’s largest desert, the Sahara. The country is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has one of the world’s highest deposits of natural gas and oil. It is the largest country (by area) in Africa, located on the North Africa’s Mediterranean Coast, with Algiers being its capital. One of the most charismatic and suave cities of Northwest Africa, Algiers comprises a nostalgic blend of colonial and modern architecture. Fly to Algeria to explore its vast desert region, extensive mountains, enthralling coasts, high plateaus and plains, beautiful Roman cities, lush rural areas, and amazing metropolitan areas.
Best time to visit Algeria
The northern mountains and coastal zone of Algeria experience a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild, rainy winters. It is best to visit Algeria in March, May, September, and October. During this time, the rates are cheaper, there is lesser crowd, and the temperature is mild, with cold nights in the Sahara. September to November and February to April is the peak season for tours and desert safaris. June to August (summer) is best for beach visits.
How to reach Algeria
If Algeria is your next travel destination, you have a vast number of flight schedules to choose from. Top international airlines, such as EgyptAir
, Lufthansa, Air India, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines
, Emirates, Air France, Etihad Airways, British Airlines, Jet Airways, etc. provide numerous connecting flights from India to Algiers. Houari Boumediene Airport is the most important airport in Algeria, located about 17 km from Algiers. Travel to and from the airport via excellent public transport services, like shuttles, taxicabs, buses, stretch limousines, etc.
Accommodation in Algeria
Popular tourist accommodation areas in Algiers include La Rue Didouche Mourad, Bab Ezzouar, Staoueli, Bordj El Kiffan, and rue Hassiba Ben Bouali. Budget hotels, five-star hotels, villas, tents, guesthouses, youth hostels, campsites, Bed and Breakfasts, and many more lodging options can be found in Algeria. The per-night rates range from INR 4,000 to INR 24,000 approximately.
Your itinerary must include major attractions of Algiers like Notre Dame d'Afrique, La Rue Didouche Mourad, Kasbah of Algiers (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Le Port de Sidi Fredj, Musee de l'Armee, Musee National du Bardo, Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, La Grande Poste d'Alger, and Tombeau de la Chretienne.
The Sahara desert is a must-visit as it offers amazing experiences like camel trekking, sunrise tour, sand dune tour, white desert tour, etc. M'zab Valley is an interesting World Heritage Site, with five cities of Libyan-Berber style architecture.
Atakor Plateau in Ahaggar National Park is a red-brown colored dry landscapewith breathtaking views of the highest peak, Assekrem Peak. Tassili N’Ajjer National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the splendid sandstone mountain range, stunning land formations, and amazing prehistoric cave paintings and rock art collection. Tipaza Ruins is an ancient Roman military colony, with a colossal amphitheater. Turquoise Coast is a beautiful location with various water sports and boat cruises.
Also visit the Ben Aknoun Zoo, Jardin d’Essai du Hamma, Oran beaches, Palm Beach, and Timgad.
Shopping in Algeria
Indulge in shopping for a variety of items right from clothing to jewelry, souvenirs, and cosmetics. Algeria is very popular for handicraft products. Copper items, rugs, leather ware, brassware, mejboudi (locally-made embroidered velvet gowns), bags, silverwork, ceramics, Berber carpets, shoes, finely dyed basketwork, coral jewelry, and primitive-style pottery can be bought from here as souvenirs.
Algerian cuisine is a diverse fusion of Arab, Mediterranean, Ottoman, and Berber cooking styles. Lamb, mutton, and fish are most commonly consumed, while pork is completely forbidden in accordance with religious Islamic laws. You must indulge in some of the popular dishes of North Africa such as the staple food Couscous (steamed semolina), Shakshouka (poached egg dish), B’stilla (pigeon pie), Ful medames (fava beans dish), L’hamd marakad (pickled lemon), Tajine (slow-cooked vegetable or meat stew), Harira (Ramadan soup), and M’hanncha (made of filo pastry).
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