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Holidays in Algeria

Understanding Algeria

Much of recent Algerian history has been dominated by civil wars and subsequent warlordism That said, the country is gradually restoring order and will prove an interesting - if difficult - destination

Electricity

Officially, 220V 50Hz Outlets are the European standard CEE-7/7 "Schukostecker" or "Schuko", or the compatible, but non-grounded, CEE-7/16 "Europlug" types US and Canadian travelers should pack an adapter for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment in Algeria

Talking in Algeria

The official language is Arabic, but be warned: Arabic spoken in the Maghreb Region Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia is quite different then the Arabic spoken in other parts of the Arab World, so don't be surprised if you don't understand anything said to you even if you are competent in standard Arabic Algerian Arabic contains many French Words

However, all Algerians who have been to school will be able to speak standard Arabic; if you don't understand someone, ask just him to speak standard Arabic al-arabiyya fusha Egyptian Arabic is also widely understood because of the popularity of Egyptian cinema

French, the colonial language, is still widely spoken and almost every local you meet will be bilingual in Arabic and French

Generally, only the younger generations in Algeria can understand some English, but most people are able to communicate in French

Some common pharses :

  • Kirak - How are you ?
  • Mleh - Good
  • Shukran - Thank you
  • Naam - Yes
  • Laa - No

What to see in Algeria

Algeria is a vast country offering tourists a wide selection of attractions and activities The capital city of Algiers has a rich past and ruins at Djemila, Tipasa and Timgad are fascinating to see Main attractions in Algeria include the National Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Bardo Ethnographic and Local Art Museum Step back in history by making your way to the Hauts Plateaux where you will discover the historical city of Tlemcen as well as the Grand Mosque, Almohad ramparts and Masourah Fortress

Heading out towards the formiddable Sahara opens up a whole new world of attractions in Algeria The holy town of Beni-Isguen, with its well-guarded gate and auction market, makes for an interesting stop Ouargla, also known as 'the golden key to the desert', is a lovely town featuring a malekite minaret, market square and gorgeous architecture Natural attractions in Algeria also abound with Kabylia and the Chiffa Gorges Take in the beauty of the ocean along the Turquoise coast or the Sidi Fredj peninsula

What to do in Algeria

Travel on camels in the Sahara desert Locations:

  • South Algeria,Tassilli-National Park

Buying stuff in Algeria

The Algerian currency is the Dinar DZD 1 US $ will give you 80 Dinar There are Coins in the order of 5 DA, DA 10, 20DA, 50DA, and 100DA and notes in the size of 100DA, 200DA, 500DA, 1000DA

Money can be exchanged at Banks or Post offices Make sure that the exchanged bills are in a good condition, people tend to be picky with accepting ripped and older bills Be careful with other currencies than Euro or US$ it could be hard to find a bank that exchange less common currencies

ATMs are widely aviable and can be found in every post office or larger bank you can withdraw Algerian Dinar with any major credit card and maestro cards If a pin with 6 numbers is nessecary just enter two zeros before your pin

Living in Algeria is very cheap compared to western conditions for an example 300 DA will get you a full meal or bus ride from Algiers to Oran 400km Renting a midsized apartment will cost normally 6000 DA a month

Food and eating in Algeria

Algerian food is delicous it's a mix of Arabic and French cusine

  • Fettate Sahara specialty, in Tamanrasset
  • Taguella bread of sand, a nomad specialty
  • Couscous steamed semolina with a red or white sauce containing meat and/or potatoes, carrots, courgette, and chick peas
  • Buseluf stew of lambs head & feet with courgette & chick peas
  • Dowara stew of stomach and intestines with courgette & chick peas
  • Chorba a meaty soup
  • Rechta hand made spaghetti, usually served with a clear chicken broth, potatoes & chick peas
  • Chakchouka normally, it has green peppers, onions and tomatoes; egg may be added
  • Mechoui charcoal grilled chicken, fish, or other meat
  • Algerian pizza
  • Tajine stew
  • Mediterranean juices grenadine, orange; very sweet green tea, and strong coffee
  • Qalb El Louz dessert containing almonds
  • Baklawa almond cakes drenched in honey
  • Ktayef a kind of baked vermicelli, filled with almonds and drenched in sugar, syrup, and honey

Drinking in Algeria

Algeria produces a selection of wine not in big volume in more and also beer However, Algeria is a Muslim country, and you do not find alcohol sold everywhere, you have to know where to find it Wine and alcoholic drinks are sold in the few bar restaurants in the big cities, high end hotels, and night clubs Some bar restaurants can be found in nice parks, so if you are in a nice wooded park, look for the restaurants The fast food restaurants open and affordable to the public do not sell beer, and the coffee shops do not sell alcohol If you visit Algiers or coastal cities, there are fish restaurants in almost every fishing port, the fishing is traditional and the fish sold is very fresh; usually, these restaurants sell alcohol but you have to ask do not expect to see it, some times it is on the menu, some times not Finally, you can buy your own bottle of Algerian wine to take home in discrete shops that sell alcoholic drinks It is better to buy it at the Algiers airport In smaller towns, buying alcohol can be challenging; you usually find them at the edge of the towns in sketchy areas and the conditions in which the alcohol was kept is sometimes questionable Some Muslims drink but they consider it a sin It is in private but socially If some one invites you into his home and does not offer alcohol, he expects you not to be drunk or smell of alcohol, and does not expect you to bring your own bottle or even discuss drinking alcohol in front of his wife and kids

Accommodation in Algeria

Cities in Algeria

adrar  aflu  algiers  birin  constantine  medea  sidi ali  tazmalt  tigzirt  timizart  tuggurt  wahran  warqla  

What do you think about Algeria?

How expensive is Algeria?
(1 DZD = 0.01 USD)
Meal in inexpensive restaurant346.5 DZD
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)0.96 DZD
McDonalds meal443.2 DZD
Local beer (0.5 draft)148.5 DZD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 182 DZD
Cappuccino67.09 DZD
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)49.45 DZD
Water (0.33 bottle)20.64 DZD
Milk (1l)40.59 DZD
Fresh bread (500g)19.63 DZD
White Rice (1kg)86.45 DZD
Eggs (12) 137.16 DZD
Local Cheese (1kg) 712.58 DZD
Chicken Breast (1kg) 394.91 DZD
Apples (1kg) 183.44 DZD
Oranges (1kg) 106.8 DZD
Tomato (1kg) 63.91 DZD
Potato (1kg) 55.75 DZD
Lettuce (1 head) 59.75 DZD
Water (1.5l)31.59 DZD
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 635.38 DZD
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)158.81 DZD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 180.32 DZD
Cigarettes148.5 DZD
One way local bus ticket22.02 DZD
Monthly pass for bus967.75 DZD
Taxi start55.2 DZD
Taxi 1km28.8 DZD
Taxi 1hour waiting750 DZD
Gasoline (1 liter) 20.61 DZD
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 711.41 DZD
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 21.09 DZD
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 16.58 DZD
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 31.85 DZD
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23.16 DZD
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