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Algeria : When and where to go?
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Algeria: Climate & Weather
The northern part of the country has a Mediterranean type climate with hot dry summers and mild, humid winters. The Saharan area has a desert climate with large differences of temperature between day and night (45°C during the daytime and 5°C at night) with areas where rain does not fall for years on end, sometimes even for decades.
8°C - 46°F
Algiers, updated 03:30 GMT
What to do in Algeria
Still reasonably protected from mass tourism due to the political climate, Algeria has numerous attractions, cultural as well as natural. The bomb scares over the last few years have kept tourists away from the towns.
Algeria still has many undiscovered marvels; the mosques, Our Lady of Africa Basilica, the Rais Palace and the Bardo Museum to name but a few. Oran is not to be outdone either with its Sacred Heart Cathedral, the old town of Ghardaïa, the cemetery and the subterranean mosque together with its rugs. Tlemcen will seduce you with its medina and its mosques.
The Sahara is the jewel in the crown of Algeria and it would be a shame to miss the chance of discovering it. In the Tamanrasset area, with its streets of sand and its cubic houses, the Hoggar and its ochre rocks, its sand dunes and the blue men of the dessert, you will feel as if you have been displaced in time to another world. The Tassili N’Ajjer plain will reveal to you tormented landscapes of canyons and gorges but also its ancient prehistoric rock paintings that date back 4,000 years.
Towards the west, the Timimoun Oasis with its incredible forest of palm trees and ancient salt lakes is also the departure point for forays into the dunes of the Western Grand Erg.
Algeria : The basics
The airlines serving Algiers also call at the Saharan towns acting as departure points for organised tours by various travel agencies. The boats leaving from Marseille are also an often used solution for getting to Algeria.
A visa is obligatory.
The currency in circulation is the Algerian Dinar.
Your planned budget will not need to be excessively high: You can eat well, even really well at times, for €10 and a room can be found for €60.
The hotel infrastructure is fairly limited although the good quality hotels are generally less expensive than those of Western Europe.
Concerning health, avoid drinking tap water, peel all fruit and protect yourself from mosquitoes. If you go into the desert take a first aid kit with you and do not forget your sun cream.
For travelling within the country, airplanes and buses function fairly efficiently.
At present it is recommended that you visit Algeria as part of an organised tour group.
The best souvenirs to bring back include traditional silver jewellery, brass and leather objects, pottery and rugs.