Algeria Travel Guide

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Algeria Highlights

  • Pro
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    spamazon says…

     great food (don't just stick to couscous), the Sahara is amazing, beautiful coast 

  • Con
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    dabuwan says…

     A bit dangerous these days... 

  • In a nutshell
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    kendable says…

     Wonderful vibrant people. Itcould be like Turkey in another 10 years. I hope so for their sakes. 

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Algiers

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Oran

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Tamanrasset

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Tassili n'Ajjer National Park

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Annaba

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Taghit

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El Golea

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Mostaganem

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5,21,0

I-n-Salah

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Ghardaia

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Tlemcen

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Timimoun

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I-n-Belbel

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Djanet

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'Ain Taya

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Timgad

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Hammam Meskoutine

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Blida

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El Kala

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Tit

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Laghouat

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El Oued

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Aoulef

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Biskra

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Ziama Mansouria

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Bejaia

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Batna

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Tit

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Tipasa

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Sidi Taher

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Les Sablettes

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Bir el Ater

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Setif

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Mazouna

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Jijel

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Hassi Bel Guebbour

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El Oued

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Sidi Bou Said

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Algiers

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  • Go to Tipasa!

    Algiers Things to Do

    Tipasa is worth a day trip if you are in Algiers and you have access to car or bus. Tipasa is a Punic trading post which was a Roman city later and you can still marvel at the well preserved ruins. From Algiers it takes you about 45 minutes by car to the West along the Mediterranean coast. You can park at the port of Tipasa which has plenty of...

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  • Sofitel Alger

    Algiers Hotels

    Sofitel Algiers is a high class hotel, very nice with all accomodations that any traveler need,...

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  • Insh'Allah

    Algiers Local Customs

    Algiers' people share a long history of struggle and uprising and if you plan to visit Algiers you will not only see a buzzling city centre, but also lots of people still coping with poverty. It is still a dangerous country to travel to if you don't follow certain rules. Generally, tourists don't need to be afraid of the people or police which are...

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Oran

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  • Les Falaises - The Cliffs

    Oran Things to Do

    The Eastern part of Oran Seaside is dominated by the cliffs, bordered by the nice towns of Canastel & Krystel.This part of the city is experiencing a total regeneration and has become the modern part of Oran, with towers growing, luxury hotels & residences being constructed. It offers great views to the bright sea as well as the city and the whole...

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  • Hotel Colombe

    Oran Hotels

    06 Bd, zabour larbi-hai khaldia, Oran, 31000, Algeria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Stunning view from the Murdjajo Hill &...

    Oran Things to Do

    On top of the Murdjajo hill, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city of Oran or the gorgeous Corniche and coast on the other side. After climbing whether by cab or using the safe & renewed Téléphérique, you reach the top of this cliff/hill where was built the Spanish church of Santa cruz, a beautiful white church dating back from the 16th...

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Tamanrasset

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  • Algerian Tour Company

    Tamanrasset Transportation

    A few people have emailed me asking about transport arrangements and hotels in Tamanrasset. I booked my flights from the UK with British airways who fly London Gatwick to Algiers a few times a week. All my arrangements in Algeria and in Tamanrasset were made by Timgad Voyages, a specialist tour company based in Batna, Algeria. They have been...

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  • French and Arabic, but not much English

    Tamanrasset Local Customs

    The local language in Tamanrasset area is Tamahak but most people speak Arabic and French. If you don't speak any French or Arabic you will need to have a guide as very few people speak English. Certainly people on the streets don't speak any at all so asking directions, ordering drinks and food and everything else has to be done in French or...

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  • See The Most Spectaculer Desert Ever

    Tamanrasset Things to Do

    If you like desert go North from Tamanrasset, with a guide and driver and head towards Mertoutek. Camp in the desert, see Nomads, prehistoric rock art and enjoy the sunsets, silence and peace.My trip was organised by Timgad Voyages in Batna, Algeria. They supplied me with guides, driver and everything I needed for the trip.

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Tassili n'Ajjer National Park

  • Getting closer to oued Tissoukal

    Tassili n'Ajjer National Park Things to Do

    To get closer to the ghost city, we have to walk on another typical landscape of the Sahara, the "hammada" (first photo), ie an almost flat surface of bare rock that has been darkened by the "desert varnish". I quote Trekki to explain what is the desert varnish :During my travels in Southwest US, I often came across these funny vertical stripes on...

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  • Danger!

    Tassili n'Ajjer National Park Warnings and Dangers

    It is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to collect any stones and/or prehistoric artifacts. Luggage are thoroughly checked at Djanet airport. If you had any of these, you would have a very heavy fine and would be jailed.Because of extensive theft of archeological artifacts, the trail from Djanet to Tamanrasset has been closed in April 2005 (now open, as far as I...

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  • To read before/after your trek

    Tassili n'Ajjer National Park What to Pack

    Roger Frison-Roche (1906-1999) was a French mountain guide that wrote a lot of books on the Alps, the Sahara and the Arctic.Altogether, he wrote about 10 books on the Sahara, all bestsellers translated in different languages. Several of these bestsellers were situated in the Tassili. Reading the books of Frison-Roche was one of the reasons for my...

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Annaba

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  • Annaba beaches

    Annaba Things to Do

    Annaba is known by its nice beaches, whatever inside the city or far from it, you can enjoy the sun, the sand and of course blue mediterranean sea :)Oued Begrat is one of the best and clean beaches in Annaba, actually this one is little far from the city, it's accessible from Seraïdi (a small village on the top of mountain east of annaba).You can...

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  • Basilique Saint-Augustin

    Annaba Things to Do

    This is one of important church in all Algeria and an icon of the city on Annaba, it's shown from almost all the city because it is built on a hill, it's well maintained and protected and this shows that it's not forbiden for this christian monument to be an icon of a muslim city in a muslim country.

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  • SightSeeing in Annaba

    Annaba Things to Do

    There is a lot of things to see and to do in Annaba, you can just walk in its streets and see its old building date from the colonial period, relax and take a cafe in 'Cours' square, take a walk on the corniche, visit and shop in its local colorful markets, or go to the beach to enjoy the sun and the sand.

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Taghit

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  • Taghit, the old ksar

    Taghit Things to Do

    In 1975, the old ksar was more than half ruined and would not have lasted many years. Fortunately, it has been entirely restored and is a main element of the touristic development of Taghit. As far as I know it hosts a hotel and a restaurant but I am not absolutely sure of that information.

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  • Beware of sand!

    Taghit Warnings and Dangers

    Cameras are not friend with sand but camera owners love to make pictures of sand! This is a dilemma that can be overcome if you are very careful. Do not keep your cameras in the open! The following is what I do myself when in a sandy area.First, I wrap each camera or lens in a plastic bag (freezer bag) that I just fold. Then, I wrap the bag in a...

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  • Taghit, Northeastwards view from the...

    Taghit Things to Do

    On top of the Grande Dune de Taghit, you have a magnificent landscape of the Grand Erg Occidental. The best time to view this landscape is either early morning or late afternoon. There are no roads and few camel trails that go a long way into the Grand Erg Occidental. However, it is possible to hire a guide and camels to make a round trip in the...

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El Golea

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  • Tea, tea and more tea

    El Golea Restaurants

    In Algeria we drunk a lot of tea, the whole day at any time and at any spot.In Bel Bechar we were invited in this tent to drink a glass of tea. The sun was allready burning, so we apreciate it very much to sit in the shade, drinking our tea together.At 13 May 2006 I got the following message at my external page www.ali.waarbenjij.nu from Dias:I've...

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  • El Goléa, inside the ksar

    El Golea Favorites

    The ksar is half ruined but nevertheless it has underground rooms. I have not read anything about it, but I would not be surprised if the part shown here had been used as a mosque. Some say the ksar was built by the Guaramantes, 2,000 years ago, others that it was built more recently by the Zenetes. The ksar is also named "Taourirt", which mean...

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  • Along the road!

    El Golea Local Customs

    When you drive from the M’zab to El Goléa, from time to time, you will see children coming out of nowhere and begging for some water, or for any kind of gift. On this occasion, that was obviously a family with a girl (the oldest) and her three younger brothers. We gave them a few garments.

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Mostaganem

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  • Moorish Architecture - Tigditt

    Mostaganem Things to Do

    As told before, what makes the uniqueness & beauty of Algeria is its diversity. And even in a mid-sized city like Mostaganem, you can enjoy this diversity.The old part of the city, Tigditt (or Tijditt) is the "Casbah" of Mostaganem, with beautiful Turkish-Moorish architecture. In this part of the city can you can enjoy narrow streets, beautiful old...

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  • Complete change and huge modernization

    Mostaganem Transportation

    Within 4/5 years, Mostaganem transport system will completely change to get to, leave and move around the city:- The city main harbour (there are 2) is under modernization to welcome big ferries from France and Spain in order to relieve Oran harbour.- A brand new and ultramodern road station has been completed to serve the city to/from the whole...

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  • City Center - Arabo European...

    Mostaganem Things to Do

    Like many Algerian cities, Mostaganem has kept its French city center with Haussmanian buildings, but the French did not built another France in Algeria, they tried to create an Algerian style mixing French, Spanish and Arabic influences. And Mostaganem is a good example of that with a beautiful city center, this is not Marrakech Medina nor...

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I-n-Salah

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  • Driving from The Plateau du Tademaït

    I-n-Salah Transportation

    When you drive from El Goléa to In-Salah, you will for about 300 km on the completely flat Plateau du Tademaït. Suddenly, around Aïn-El-Hadjadj, the road dips steeply from the Plateau to the Tidikelt plain, 100 m lower, where stands In-Salah

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  • Driving towards Tamanrasset

    I-n-Salah Off The Beaten Path

    In-Salah is usually not a place where you stay but only a stage between the North – El Goléa- and the South – Tamanrasset. I will build a page on some of the most interesting parts of this route. This photo is a sample of one of the landscapes that you have often from the track.

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  • Life on the sand

    I-n-Salah Off The Beaten Path

    Yesterday evening, at sunset, the sand was free of any footprints but all the animals that go out of their shelter only at night to avoid the deadly heat of the day have left their foot prints: insects, birds, mouse, snakes (not here). This shows well how much life there is in the sand, even if you do not see much of it directly!

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Ghardaia

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  • Get there by car

    Ghardaia Transportation

    The best to get to Ghardaia is by car, hired, or own car.Drive from Algiers across the Atlas and the High Plateau, and after Biskra you begin to drive in the true Desert. When arriving at Ghardaia, you feel the stunning difference between a rock-desert and a green lush oasis. From far, the oasis look like a paradise after the desert hell.

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  • Desert ?

    Ghardaia Off The Beaten Path

    The desert is not that desertic in the Mzab; walking far from the oasis you still find vegetation like these tamaris trees, offering some shadow to the people and their animals . I like to walk even during the hot hours to see things I would not se in other circumstances.

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  • Surprise!

    Ghardaia Off The Beaten Path

    The walks in the oasis lead you to some surprises, like this barley field (I do not think they brew beer in the M’zab; it is barley, not wheat or hard wheat used for couscous). The surprise too is to meet local guys who invite you for a tea. Tea here was made with camel milk, a local delice, better than the usual tea made with water; not bad in...

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Timimoun

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  • Unique Water System of Timimoun

    Timimoun Things to Do

    The Fugaras are the water distribution systems which are unique to Timimoun. You can see plenty of these in the town, they are cone shaped brown mud brick buildings with pins sticking out of the sides that enable repairs to be done. If you go to Tasfaoud, a rural village you will be able to see a rural Fugara and these are open so you can see how...

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  • Rural Palaces

    Timimoun Things to Do

    There are many Ksors or palaces on the outskirts of Timimoun town and in the surrounding villages. They date from 4-6 BC and were the home of an extended family, built slightly raised for protection. Some are quite well preserved and you can walk around the walls and the remains of the buildings, which are all made of pink sandstone.

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  • Marabuts of Timimoun

    Timimoun Things to Do

    A Marabut is a shrine to an important imam and you can see these in the centre of Timimoun town or on the hillsides outside the town and in rural villages. The Marabuts are cone shaped like the Fugaras but are white.

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I-n-Belbel

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  • General guide lines for driving in the...

    I-n-Belbel Transportation

    Main roads and tracks avoid ergs as much as possible. It is too "moving" and after as little as a few month, it might be covered by a dune. On our trip 60km from In-Salah to Foggaret-ez-Zoua, we found that after 40 km, the excellent surfaced road was covered by a several meters dune and that a track avoided it.When the road passes on a reg, wind...

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  • Driving on cold sand vs hot sand

    I-n-Belbel Transportation

    In French, a stupid popular sentence says “araignée du matin, chagrin, araignée du soir, espoir” (morning spider, sorrow, evening spider, hope), but this is only for the rythm! In the Sahara, on the countrary, we should say “morning sand, hope, evening sand, sorrow”.When you know you will have to drive a difficult part, try to do it in the early...

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  • Driving on washboard trails

    I-n-Belbel Transportation

    However, you cannot drive off-road everywhere in the Sahara. When the place is not suitable for off-road, you have to drive on a trail. When cars and trucks drive fast on a dirt road, after a while, it builds “waves” on the surface, called washboard (Tôle ondulée in French). Thanks Glenn aka VT Bwana_Brown for giving me the English equivalent! On...

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Djanet

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  • Read more Roger-Frison-Roche books !

    Djanet What to Pack

    Following from first tip. 1950 Le Grand Désert. Photos Georges Tairraz. Arthaud Grenoble. 1952 Bivouacs sous la lune : La Montagne aux Ecritures tome 2. Arthaud Grenoble. 1954 Le Rendez-vous d'Essendilène. Arthaud Grenoble (in Italian as "Apputamento a Essendilène" and in Slovenian as "Sestanek u Essendilenu"). 1961 Sahara de l'Aventure. Arthaud...

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  • Read Roger Frison-Roche books !

    Djanet What to Pack

    Roger Frison-Roche, born in Paris in 1906, died in 2000. He was a mountain guide and a famous writer. He split his life between Chamonix and the Sahara and wrote about 30 novels, half on Chamonix and half on the Sahara. Many were big successes and several have been made as films.He was in 1935, with Coche, the first to climb the Garet El Djenoun...

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  • A guelta

    Djanet Favorites

    A guelta is a crack between two rocks with a waterproof bottom where water gathers each time there is a rain and stay for years, evaporating slowly. This is the water we are drinking when trekking in the Tassili N'ajjer (see my page, to come)

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'Ain Taya

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  • THE BEST KEBAB IN THE HISTORY OF THE...

    'Ain Taya Favorites

    I arrived in Algiers on a warm night and was greeted by the van driver form my hotel. He began the drive to Ain Taya, a suburb of Algiers blessed with miles of beaches. As we made the final left turn for the 3 blocks to my hotel, I saw a gentleman grilling kebabs in the middle of the street. After a long day, that looked like a good quick snack...

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  • CHARLIE NORMALS !

    'Ain Taya Nightlife

    My new friends in Ain Taya kept saying to me ‘lets go for a drink at Charlie Normals!’ I thought this was an odd name, but they told me it was THE place in Ain Taya. We arrived at a control parking area and stepped through an arch into a very pleasant garden area with lots of trees, plants and a great atmosphere. Stone tables and reasonable plastic...

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