Algeria

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Algeria is an Arab and Berber country in North Africa. It has a Mediterranean Sea coastline in the north. It is surrounded by Morocco to the northwest, Tunisia to the northeast, Libya to the east, Niger to the southeast, Mali to the southwest, Mauritania and Western Sahara to the west. After the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, Algeria became the largest country in Africa.

Population: 38,087,812 people
Area: 2,381,741 km2
Highest point: 3,003 m
Coastline: 998 km
Life expectancy: 76.18 years
GDP per capita: $7,600
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About Algeria

Background

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. The capital Algiers is now regarded as a safe place to visit.

Electricity

Officially, 220V 50 Hz. Outlets are the European standard CEE-7/7 "Schukostecker" or "Schuko", or the compatible, but not always grounded, CEE-7/16 "Europlug" types. Canadian and US travelers should pack an adapter for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment in Algeria.

Activities

Travel on camels in the Sahara desert. Locations:

  • South Algeria,Tassilli-National Park

Food

Algerian food is delicious. Note that some French dishes are variations from it.

  • Fettate (Sahara speciality, in Tamanrasset)
  • Taguella (bread of sand, a nomad speciality)
  • Couscous (steamed semolina with sauce containing meat and/or potatoes, carrots, courgette, and chick peas)
  • Buseluf (cooked lambs head)
  • 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 lamb)
  • Algerian pizza
  • Tajine (stew)

Desserts and snacks

  • 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)

Drinks

Algeria produces a selection of wine (not in big volume) and also beer. Algeria was once famous for its high quality wines. The new production is also of very high quality, particularly the red wine. Locally produced beer is also of a very high standard. Algeria is a majority Muslim country, so you do not find alcohol sold everywhere, but it is not hard to find it. Wine and alcoholic drinks are sold in the few bar restaurants in the big cities, better 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 that are 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, though expect to pay €15 per bottle. 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 children.

Non alcoholic

  • Mediterranean juices (grenadine, orange)
  • Very sweet green tea
  • Strong coffee

Shopping

The Algerian currency is the Dinar (DZD) As of December 2010, USD1 will give you 73 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, 2000DA.

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 available 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 necessary 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 (400 km). Renting a midsized apartment will cost normally 60.000 (6 month in the advance) DA a month.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Algeria on Wikivoyage.

Cities in Algeria

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Algiers (الجزائر) is the capital of Algeria in North Africa.

Interesting places:

  • Ketchaoua Mosque
  • Place de Martyrs
  • Government Palace
  • New Mosque
  • Monument des Martyrs
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Oran is a city of 600,000+ people in Northwest Algeria.

Interesting places:

  • Palais de la Culture
  • Cathedrale de Sacre Coeur
  • Santa Cruz Fort
  • Le Theatre
  • Place du 1er Novembre
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Annaba is a coastal city in Northeast Algeria.

Interesting places:

  • Le Cours
  • Mosque of Sidi Bou Merouane
  • Basilica of St Augustine
  • Stade 19 Mai 1956
  • Annaba University
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Tlemcen is a city in Northwest Algeria, known as the spiritual home of the country.

Interesting places:

  • Great Mosque of Tlemcen
  • Stade Birouana
  • Tlemcen National Park
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Constantine is a city in Northeast Algeria.

Interesting places:

  • City Center Bridge
  • Monument aux Morts
  • Emir Abdel Kader Mosque
  • Palace of Ahmed Bey
  • Stade Chahid Hamlaoui
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Tipasa is a city in Northeast Algeria. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its Byzantine, Roman and Pheonician ruins.

Interesting places:

  • Tipasa Ruins
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Points of Interest in Algeria

Similar to that of Libya, Algerian tourism is best known for its ancient ruins—principally those from the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Some of the most famous include Timgad near Batna, Hippo Regius at Annaba, Djemila at Sétif, Calama at Guelma, and ruins from all three empires at Tipasa.

While better known for the Roman ruins, Algeria's greatest tourist possibilities lie in the Sahara; there simply is no other country on earth that can offer the sort of exciting and exotic adventures around the great desert. The crown jewel is the centre of Mozabite culture in the M'zab Valley. The five interconnected cities are a breathtaking architectural playground evocative of modern cubist and surrealist art. They simply must be seen in person. But the landscapes are impressive as well: the harsh, rugged Saharan Atlas mountains, the endless desert and Hoggar Mountains around the country's desert capital of Tamanrasset, the huge dune field of the Grand Erg Oriental at El-Oued, and the ancient rock carvings of Djelfa and the Saharan National Park of Tassili N'Ajjer.

The Mediterranean beaches in Algeria are woefully underdeveloped, despite excellent potential, owing to the country's poor security situation scaring off almost all tourists. But if you are in the country for a while, a bit of relaxation will at some point be in order, and there is no need to fly over to Tunisia. Oran (urban) on the Turquoise Coast, Annaba, and particularly Skikda and Ghazaouet all have nice beaches. The spot to go near Algiers is undoubtedly the resort town of Sidi Fredj.

Of Algeria's major cities, you may be surprised at just how little of interest there is to see—Algeria's more exotic locales are a much bigger draw then its modern culture (stifled by conflict and abysmal government), Islamic heritage, and colonial legacy. Algiers, the famed White City, is actually a much less touristic city than one might expect, given its central role in the country's economic, political, and cultural life. But all visitors will pass through anyway, so the Casbah—Algiers' historic seventeenth century center—is certainly worth a visit. There are a few nice, more laid-back large cities in the northwest, particularly the country's second largest city of Oran and the historic city of Tlemcen. In the northeast, Constantine is the one major city that deserves a spot on your itinerary.

Ketchaoua Mosque - Algiers

Palais de la Culture - Oran

City Center Bridge - Constantine

Djemila Ruins - Djemila

Timgad Ruins - Batna

Tipasa Ruins - Tipasa

Le Cours - Annaba

Great Mosque of Tlemcen - Tlemcen

Stade Mustapha Tchaker - Blida

Stade Tahar Zoughari - Relizane

Beni Hammad Fort - M'Sila

Gouraya National Park - Bejaia

Stade 24 Fevrier 1956 - Sidi Bel Abbes

Stade 13 Avril - Saida

Djurdjura National Park - Tizi Ouzou

El Kala National Park - El Kala

Ahaggar National Park - Tamanrasset

Tassili n\'Ajjer National Park - Illizi

Place de Martyrs - Algiers

Government Palace - Algiers

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