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    Algiers – a brief overview

    Capital of the second largest country in Africa, Algiers (the ‘White City’) is a startling mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Although much of the city centre is now modern, deeper exploration, particularly around the labyrinthine Casbah, reveals delightful old neighbourhoods and elaborate Byzantine architecture.

    During the civil war of the 1990s, much of Algiers was off limits to tourists; today, happily, it is a much safer and more relaxed city, although security risks remain a potential threat. Its leafier suburbs have been gentrified in recent years, with new hotels and restaurants opening up.

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    The Casbah

    Rue Abderrahmane Arbadji
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    This maze-like district of narrow, winding streets used to contain dozens of mosques, souks, and hammams. The World Heritage site is mostly residential now, but it’s a still fascinating place to explore; a guide is essential to help you find your way in – and out!

    Maqam Echahid (Martyrs’ Monument)

    Chemin Omar Kechkar
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    This huge concrete monument overlooking Algiers commemorates the millions who died in the War of Independence against France (1954-62). Designed in the shape of three curving palm leaves sheltering an eternal flame, it is the symbol of modern Algeria.

    Mosque Sidi Abderrahmane

    Rue Abderrahmane Arbadji
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    The standout attraction of the Ottoman-era complex of mosques and palaces in the Casbah is the Mosque Sidi Abderrhmane, patron saint of Algiers, completed in 1696. It is one of the country’s oldest mosques, with vibrantly patterned tiling.

    Cathédrale du Sacré-Coeur

    Rue Didouche Mourad
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    This strikingly modern, tent-shaped church is no longer used for services, but is open to visitors. The daily mass is held in the chapel in the basement of the cethedral. Look out for the ancient mosaic of Jesus Christ inside.

    National Museum of Antiquities

    177 boulevard Krim Belkacem
    Algiers
    Algeria
    Tel: +213 21 681 129
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu and Sat 0900-1200 and 1300-1630
    Sun 1300-1630

    This beautiful building with a central garden contains mosaics, statues, and other antiquities from all over Algeria. It’s well worth a visit for the building’s finely decorated facade alone.

    Museum of Islamic Arts

    177 boulevard Krim Belkacem
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu and Sat 0900-1200 and 1300-1630
    Sun 1300-1630

    Adjacent to the National Museum of Antiquities, this is one of the oldest museums in Algeria. It has an excellent collection of ceramics, carpets and artworks from around the Islamic world.

    Bardo Museum

    3 avenue Franklin Roosevelt
    Algiers
    Algeria
    Tel: +213 21 747 641
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 0900-1200 and 1400-1700

    Housed in a sumptuous Ottoman mansion, this is one of Algeria’s best museums. Its diverse prehistoric and ethnographic collection includes jewellery, costumes, Tuareg tombs and ancient carvings.

    Grande Poste

    Rue Ben M’Hidi
    Algiers
    Algeria
    Tel: +213 21 726 072
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Wed 0800-1900
    Thu 0800-1600

    This must be one of the most magnificent post offices in the world, with its sweeping steps and pillared entrance. Inside, the gleaming white building is even grander, with neo-Moorish décor and chandeliers.

    Notre Dame d’Afrique

    Saint-Eugene, Bologhine
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    This lovely, domed church is perched on a hilltop overlooking the bay. The interior of the 19th-century neo-Byzantine building is also very pretty; a cable car from the street up to the church is being restored.

    Place des Martyrs

    Place des Martyrs, rue Bab El Oued
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Explore this historic area’s mysterious alleyways, markets, and mosques. The Mosque of the Fishermen has a distinctive clocktower; the adjacent Great Mosque is the oldest in Algiers; and opposite is the Mosque Ketchaoua, with its twin minarets, possibly the best of all.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    For the intrepid traveller, a trip to Algeria is an adventure in waiting.

    Its troubled reputation may put off anyone looking for the quiet life, but for those who take the time to explore, Algeria offers culture and adventure in spades.

    Geography

    Algeria is situated along the North African coast, bordered to the east by Tunisia and Libya, to the southeast by Niger, to the southwest by Mali, and to the west by Mauritania and Morocco. It is Africa’s second-largest country, with 1,200km (750 miles) of coastline. Along the coastal strip are the main towns, fertile land, beach resorts and 90% of the population. Further south lies the area of the Hauts Plateaux, mountains of up to 2,000m (6,600ft) covered in cedar, pine and cypress forests with broad arable plains dividing the plateaux.

    The remaining 85% of the country is the Sahara Desert in its various forms, sustaining only 500,000 people, many of whom are nomadic tribes with goat and camel herds. The Sahara region contains two mountain ranges: the dramatic Hoggar massif, rising to almost 3,000m (9,800ft), and the Tassili N’Ajjer. Both are scenically stunning and offer some of the best desert landscapes in the world.

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    Key facts

    Population: 38087812

    Population Density (per sq km): 16

    Capital: Algiers.

    Language

    The official languages are Arabic and Berber (Tamazight), but French is still used for most official and business transactions. Berber (Amazigh) is spoken in the northern mountainous regions of the Kabylias and the Aures and also in the south. In general, English is spoken only in major business or tourist centres.

    Currency

    Dinar (DZD) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of DZD1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of DZD100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centimes.

    Note:
    Because of the very strict adherence of the authorities to these regulations, visitors are strongly advised not to be associated with the black market, which tends to concentrate on the Euro and portable electronics.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Sat-Wed 0800-1200 and 1300-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations.

    During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Revolutionary Readjustment: 19. June 2016
    Independence Day: 05. July 2016
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 07. and 08. July 2016
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 13. to 16. September 2016
    Islamic New Year: 03. October 2016
    Ashura: 12. October 2016
    Anniversary of the Revolution: 01. November 2016
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 12. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Revolutionary Readjustment: 19. June 2017
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 26. and 27. June 2017
    Independence Day: 05. July 2017
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 02. to 05. September 2017
    Islamic New Year: 22. September 2017
    Ashura: 02. October 2017
    Anniversary of the Revolution: 01. November 2017
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 02. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Algiers

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    Algiers is not big on night-time entertainment, partly for cultural and religious reasons.

    There are places to go dancing and drinking however, mostly in bigger hotels or on pedestrianised rue Larbi M’Hidi.

    Pacha

    Hotel El-Djazair, 24 rue Souidani Boudjemaa
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    A trendy club, with top DJs attracting a cool young crowd.

    Crystal Lounge

    Mohammadia, Les Pins Maritimes
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Good music and glitzy décor draw a mixed crowd to this out-of-town club.

    Havana Club

    Centre Commercial Bab Ezzouar
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Tucked away on the top floor of a shopping mall, this is a sprawling club, where you can dance to live bands at weekends.

    La Veranda

    5 10 Bois des Arcades
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    This lounge club draws a packed, well-heeled crowd for weekend dance parties.

    1001 Nuits Lounge

    Sheraton Club des Pins, Staoueli
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Piano tunes and live bands entertain cocktail drinkers in the Sheraton’s bar-nightclub, outside the city.

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    Restaurants in Algiers

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    Algerians love fast food, and the city centre is full of stalls, selling pitta bread snacks and kebabs, as well as burgers and pizzas.

    For smarter restaurants, including French cuisine, your best options are in hotels, or up-and-coming suburbs, such as Sidi Yahia, El Biar and Hydra.

    Le Dauphin

    Avenue d'Angkor
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Price: Expensive

    This lively restaurant serves some of the best seafood in the city, with great harbourside views.

    Le Tantra

    Villa no2
    Bois des Arcades
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Price: Expensive

    Treat yourself to Tantra’s delicious fish and French dishes; this eatery is very popular with the international set.

    Brasserie des Facultés

    1, Rue Didouche Mourad
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Price: Moderate

    For French cuisine at affordable prices in a smart setting, this place can’t be beaten.

    Dar Gnawa

    Residence des 2 Bassins
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Price: Moderate

    Great Maghrebi cuisine is on the menu at Gnawa, and its bar serves alcohol and sheesha pipes.

    Mezzo Mezzo

    43, Avenue Claude Debussy
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Price: Cheap

    You won’t get wine here, but good value Italian cuisine, with a relaxed ambience.

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    Calendar of events

    European Cultural Festival

    9 – 19 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Organised by the EU delegation to Algeria, this cultural showcase of European artists brings an eclectic selection of performances to curious Algerian audiences. Rap, folk and jazz music are all represented, along with film and theatrical productions from a variety of EU nations.

    Foire Internationale d’Alger (Algiers International Fair)

    27 May – 1 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Palais des Expositions

    International businesses promote their products and mingle with Algerian partners and clients at Algeria’s largest trade fair, which has been going strong since the 1960s. National pavilions host multiple exhibitors covering a range of sectors. Six days of intense networking ensues.

    Independence Day

    5 July 2016

    Venue: Throughout Algiers and Algeria

    Celebrating independence from France in 1962, Algerians come together for a vibrant day of festivities, with special events and fireworks happening all over the city. The president usually addresses the nation to mark the occasion, drawing attention to the country’s achievements.

    Eid ul-Fitr

    18 July 2016

    Venue: Throughout Algiers and Algeria

    The end of Ramadan is an important occasion in Algeria, with Muslims celebrating the end of the fast with public worship, acts of charity and visits to friends and family. It’s also seen as a time to forgive and forget.

    Festival Culturel International de la Musique Diwan (International Diwan Music Festival)

    August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Salle Ibn Zeydoun

    Highlighting Algerian Diwan music and other musical genres inspired by or blended with Diwan, this music fest encompasses a week of phenomenal performances by local singers as well as artists from across Africa and as far afield as the USA. Experts present masterclasses for an in-depth experience.

    Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique (International Symphony Music Festival)

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Palais de la Culture Esplanade

    Algeria’s own National Symphony Orchestra plus choirs, ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras from across the globe play a terrific eight-day programme of world-class classical music performances. A highlight is the closing evening, when a multinational orchestra performs the finale concert.

    Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Alger (Algiers International Comic Strip Festival)

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Esplanade de Riadh El Feth

    Cartoon and comic strip enthusiasts can check out terrific exhibitions, listen to talks from professional cartoon artists, or sign up to themed workshops covering topics from manga to 3D animation. There’s a competitive element too, with prizes for pros and amateurs alike.

    Festival Culturel International de la Danse Contemporaine (International Contemporary Dance Festival)

    15 – 22 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Palais de la Culture d’Alger, Théâtre National Algérien

    Dance companies and stars from over 20 countries perform alongside local artists in an exciting programme blending classical ballet and modern choreography. Aside from enjoying spectacular productions, visitors can attend special conferences and workshops. Past participants have ranged from the Beijing Dance Theatre to the Cameroon National Ballet.

    Festival International du Cinéma d’Alger (Algiers International Film Festival)

    December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Salle El Mougar

    Professional juries select several award winners in both fiction and documentary categories at this international cinematic competition, with the Grand Prix du Jury being the most coveted prize. Regular film fans have a say too; there’s a special prize for the public’s favourite.

    Alger Fashion Fair

    28 – 30 January 2016
    Website

    Venue: Safex Fair Center

    Fashionistas flock to this buzzing style show, whether buyers, sellers or simply lovers of high-quality attire. It’s a great place to spot the latest trends in clothing, shoes, bags and textiles or to be ahead of the crowd when it comes to jazzy jewellery or snazzy sunglasses.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Algiers

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    The city centre has a reasonable selection of luxury hotels, as well as some mid-range places to stay. Quieter suburbs such as Hydra, El-Biar and Bouzareah are good alternatives, with new hotels opening up.

    Most budget hotels rent rooms by the hour and are none too clean or safe.

    Hilton Alger

    Pins Maritimes El Mohammadia
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Category: Expensive

    This large modern hotel on the outskirts has all the amenities you’d expect, including a pool and four restaurants.

    Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

    172 Rue Hassiba Ben Bouali
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Category: Expensive

    Close to the seafront and with modern Moorish-style architecture, this is a highly rated luxury option.

    Mercure Alger Aeroport

    Route de l'université BP 12
    Cité 5 juillet Bab Ezzouar
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Category: Expensive

    This hotel offers luxurious rooms and amenities, including a sauna and Turkish bath.

    Ibis Alger Aeroport

    Route de l'université
    Bab Ezzouar
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Category: Moderate

    This modern business-style hotel close to the airport has well-furnished, soundproofed rooms.

    Hôtel d’Hydra

    Bd Benyoucef Benkhedda
    Algiers
    Algeria
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    Category: Cheap

    Hydra is a cosy, traditional hotel is in a good neighbourhood, with embassies and a range of restaurants.

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    Climate & best time to visit Algeria

    Summer temperatures are high throughout the country, particularly in the south where it is both very dry and very hot. During this time, road travel is difficult and air travel prone to delay because of sandstorms. Northern cities have high humidity, while those along the coast are cooled by sea breezes. In the winter, the oases of the far south are pleasant and attract many visitors.

    The desert temperature drops dramatically at night. North of the Sahara, temperatures are very mild from September to May and vary little between day and night. South of the Sahara, temperatures are pleasant from October to April, but there are great variations between day and night. Coastal towns are prone to storms from the sea. Rainfall is relatively low throughout the country and in the far south it is virtually unknown.

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    Jan26 °C-2 °C16 °C5 °C78 %79 mm84.9 h
    Feb30 °C-1 °C17 °C6 °C78 %83 mm95.8 h
    Mar29 °C-1 °C18 °C7 °C77 %74 mm96.9 h
    Apr37 °C1 °C20 °C9 °C76 %60 mm77.6 h
    May40 °C3 °C23 °C12 °C76 %41 mm69.1 h
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    Jul44 °C11 °C30 °C18 °C70 %4 mm111.0 h
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    year47 °C-2 °C23 °C11 °C75 %680 mm727.7 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +213

    Telephone

    With the advent of mobile phones, the use of landlines (which were never highly used anyway) is in steep decline. Taxiphones (a sort of metered phone booth) are available to make calls from, but mobiles are used as the primary means of communication.

    Mobile Telephone

    Mobile phone usage across the country has increased greatly, with the main mobile networks giving good coverage across the country. To take advantage of local rates, buy a cheap foreign SIM card for use in your existing phone.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in all larger towns and hotels in the major cities are more likely to have in-room Wi-Fi available.

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    Shopping in Algiers

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    Key Areas

    Algiers’ street markets are great for soaking up the atmosphere, including one that runs between the Grande Poste and rue Didouche Mourad, which specialises in souvenirs and handicrafts. This old street is the city’s commercial hub, and is lined with shops selling jewellery, carpets and other specialist items.

    Markets

    Souks are dotted all over the city, but perhaps the best and largest is near Mosque Ketchaoua in the Lower Casbah district. There’s also a wonderful local food market off the Jardin de Prague in Bab el Oued, though this area can be dangerous, so it’s better to go with a local guide.

    Shopping Centres

    Algeria is just opening up to the concept of malls, and the few you might find in Algiers are in the more upscale suburbs. A couple worth checking out are Centre Commercial Al Qods, in Cheraga, and the Bab Ezzouar, to the east of the city.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Courtesy should be adopted with new acquaintances. The provision and acceptance of hospitality are as important a part of Algerian culture as elsewhere in the Arab world. In the main cities, the urban population lives at a frantic pace much akin to European urban dwellers, but in the south and in rural areas people are much more open and friendly. Algerian women are expected to dress modestly in rural areas but this is not necessary in Algiers.

    Tourist visits should be avoided during Ramadan. Military installations and personnel should not be photographed. Police roadblocks are frequent – slow down and follow their instructions very carefully and respectfully should you be driving around the country. Always carry your passport or identification papers with you.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of stay. Drinking water outside main cities and towns is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Powdered or tinned milk is advised. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat, but be careful when eating things like raw dishes like salads and fruits, where ingredients may have been rinsed in tap water. Likewise, avoid drinks with ice in them.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination against hepatitis B and tuberculosis is sometimes advised. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical help without delay. There is little to no risk of malaria. Algeria’s climate is dry and hot, so wearing sunscreen and a hat to shield from midday sun, is advised, as is having drinking water with you.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Debzi , Nabil
    Mustapha Hospital
    Place du 1er Mai
    Alger 16000
    Algerien
    Tel. +213-2168-1044

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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