General Information

Algeria has a population of approximately 37.1 million and is officially named the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.  The country has a arid to semi-arid climate with wet winters and hot dry summers along the coast.  A hot dry and dusty wind is common in the summer months.

Algeria is known for being a captivating and exciting country with plenty of attractions to offer visitors, ranging from the historical monuments to the fashionable cities.  

Algeria's national and official language is Arabic.  Most of the major towns and all the cities have some type of public transport in the form of buses and taxis which make it easier for tourists to navigate the country.

Things to do

The capital city of Algiers offers tourists the ruins at Djemila, Tipasa and Timgad, which are captivating.  Other main attractions are:

  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Bardo Ethnographic and Local Art Museum
  • Hauts Plateaux - the historical city of Tlemcen as well as the Grand Mosque, Almohad ramparts and Masourah Fortress
  • Sahara desert
  • Holy town of Beni-Isguen
  • Ouargla, also known as 'the golden key to the desert'
  • Kabylia and the Chiffa Gorges
  • Turquoise coast
  • Sidi Fredj peninsula

There are many activities to keep tourists entertained with the majority of them being organised by the hotels and resorts.  Travellers seeking more adventure should take up the numerous exciting tours from trekking in the desert, mountain climbing to hiking;  all great ways to explore the country "off the beaten track".

Activities in Algeria

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • 4x4 trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Camel riding

All tourists are to be aware that Algeria is a Muslim country which requires swimmers to be modestly covered, which applies to day-to-day clothing as well.  Tourism in this country is largely underdeveloped, but the rough beauty and warmth of its people are attracting visitors from far and wide.