This is one of the things I most enjoyed. The tea hour. Traditonaly there are three of them, always in the same order.
The first: Strong like life
The second: Bitter like dead
The third: Sweet like love
If you only want to take one, for politeness you should wait for the last, considered for them like the worse (for a european taste it is less heavy than the others, and it is very, very good)
It is not easy to make the tea properly, it is a long and calm ceremony where the nervous and hurries don't have an invitation. If you have the opportunity to sea the preparation take profit of it and enjoy one of the traditions of the country.
In Algeria, Arabic is the official language. Greetings are often cordial and genuine, usually a handshake and an embrace (between members of the same sex). Algerians frequently use hand gestures during conversations. It is considered impolite to point directly at someone. Men and women tend to socialize separately.
Ghardaia is known for its Mozabite inhabitants - a Berber tribe belonging to the Islamic group of the Kharejites - and you can see many women covered completely - except for one eye!
You need a desert pass if you are travelling in the deseet. Obtain one form the nearest police station if you can find any.
Algeria is an Islamic country, so one should respect this by not wearing shorts or tops or clothes, that show too much skin! Besides - the sun is so strong, that covering the body makes sense!!!!
Sofitel Algiers is a high class hotel, very nice with all accomodations that any traveler need,...more
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Good for: Couples
Stayed 10 nights on a business trip. This is the winter season so rooms are like an ice box...room...more
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