Where is it?: Algeria sits in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Morocco and Tunisia
Why do people go here?: People generally don’t visit Algeria as a result of a decade long civil war
What are the main entry points?: You can reach Algiers, the capital, from plan via Europe. There is also a ferry from France. It’s advised not to enter enter Algeria overland.
Currency used: Dinar
Country Code for Phones: 213
Area codes for Major Cities: Algiers 02
Religion: Sunni Muslim 99%, Christian 1%
Population: 35 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Arab-Berber 99%, Christian 1%
Government: Semi-Presidential Republic
Languages: Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects
Major Cities: Algiers, Constantine
Attractions: Beni Abbes, El-Golea
Tourism Office locations and links: Algeria-National Office of Tourism 25-27 Khelifa Boukhalfa, Algiers, Algeria, 213-2-61-29-86.
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Ghardaia, Beni Isguen
Health Issues: Civil War
Tips for Visiting
When to go: It’s advised not to visit Algeria until the security situation improves
Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: July 5, Various Islamic Holidays
Getting Around: Buses and train service a considerable portion of Algeria
Cheapest airport to fly into: Algeria has a number of airports to fly to. Among the cheapest can be the Houari Boumedienne Airport of Algeirs. However, the airport you have to choose greatly depends on which part of Algeria you are planning to go.
Need more information?: Check out the Algeria travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.