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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Algiers

Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Algeria.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:

1 January: New Year's Day (national)

In Algeria, New Year's Day is a cause for celebration with friends and family.

7-8 January 2016: Eid Al-mawlid an-Nabawi (national)

The birth of the Prophet Muhammad is celebrated each year in Algeria. Prayers and celebrations during these two days make them a family-holiday.

20 March: International Francophonie Day (national)

49 French-language speaking countries including Algeria celebrate their link with France. Poetry and writing contests are held for the youth, as well as meals and games for everyone.

1 May: Labour Day (national)

Labour Day is a public holiday for all Algerians. This day is spent on parades and worker marches.

19 June: Righting Day (national)

The Anniversary of the Algerian coup d'état of June 19th 1965 which saw Houari Boumédiène take over as president is cause for yearly celebration.

5 July: Independence Day (national)

This holiday commemorates the Independence of Algeria as proclaimed on July 5th 1962 by General de Gaulle. It is an opportunity for many official speeches, parades and popular rejoicing.

7 July 2016: Eid ul-Fitr (national)

In Islam, this day marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebrations with family and friends.

24 September: Eid al-Adha (national)

It is considered the most important of the yearly Muslim holidays and honours Ibrahim as a model for all believers. This is also an occasion for sumptuous family gatherings, for which it is recommended to multiply offerings and gifts.

1 November: Anniversary of the Revolution (national)

November 1st 1954 is the official starting point of the war between France and Algeria. This event is cause for yearly celebrations, official memorial services and political speeches.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Algiers

Algiers enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Summers, from late June to late September, are usually hot and dry. Winters, from late December to late March, are cool. Spring (April/May/June) and Autumn (October/November/December) are the best seasons to visit Algiers.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 6 16,5 80 Not the best period to go
February 6,5 17 82 Not the best period to go
March 7 18,5 73 Good period to go Good period to go
April 9 20 61 Good period to go Good period to go
May 12 23,5 40 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16 27 16 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18,5 30 4 Not the best period to go
August 19 31 7 Not the best period to go
September 17 29 34 Good period to go Good period to go
October 14 25 76 Good period to go Good period to go
November 10 21 96 Not the best period to go
December 7 17 115 Not the best period to go
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THE ALGIERS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Houari Boumédiène International airport is 16 kilometres east of Algiers.

  • Three terminals
    • T1 (Air France)
    • T2
    • T3

Travelling between the airport and Algiers:
  • By car:
    • Directions: Downtown Algiers is 20 minutes away from the airport when using the N11 road.
    • There is a parking lot in the immediate vicinity of the airport. 500 DZD per 24 hours.
    • Rentals: Several car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall.
  • Hotel shuttles:

    • Some hotels organize their own shuttles from the airport. Check with your hotel ahead of time.
  • Taxi:
    • Taxis connect the airport to downtown Algiers for about 1,200 DZD. Taxis are available at the ranks 50 metres to your right when exiting Terminal 1. Allow about 800 DZD for a return trip from downtown Algiers to the airport.
  • Bus:
    • The “aero-ville” (ETUSA line 100) connects the airport to downtown Algiers in about one hour, every hour.
      Allow for 50 DZD. Tickets can be bought in the bus.
      The line stops at Place des Martyrs, Assemblée Nationale, Essafir Hotel, Albert 1er Hotel, Place Audin, the Main Post Office and the bus station. First bus leaves downtown at 6:00 a.m. and last bus leaves the airport at 6:00 p.m.
  • Services:
    • In the airport you will find restaurants, shops, duty-free shops, mailboxes, newspaper stands and free Wi-Fi connexion.

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GETTING AROUND Algiers

Downtown Algiers and its surroundings are easy to get around. Subway and tramway are the two best options.

By car

Traffic may be very dense in Algiers: lack of signing in some neighbourhoods, heavy traffic during rush hour, lack of parking lots. We advise you not to use a car to get around in Algiers.

Tramway

With one line and 28 stops, the tramway of Algiers connects the “Fusillés” station east of downtown to the western Dergana district, riding along the coastline.

It is operated every day from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. with one train every 7 minutes.

Tickets are 40 DZD. Books of tickets are available for 320 DZD. You can buy them at the automated machines in every station.

Subway

The subway system is safe and modern in Algiers. With one line and 14 stations, it connects all major areas from Tafourah-Post Office downtown to Hai El Badr west of downtown.

It is operated 7/7 from 5:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. with one train every 3 to 5 minutes.

Tickets are 50 DZD. Books of tickets are available for 400 DZD. You can buy them at the automated machines in every station.

Bus

49 bus lines that connect Algiers allow you to travel downtown, especially with the “aero-ville”, a line that stops at the Place des Martyrs, Algiers' airport, Place Audin, the Post Office and the Agha station.

The grid also extends far into the suburbs. The “aero-ville” is operated from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most bus lines are operated from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bus tickets are 20 DZD. You can buy tickets at the automated machines in every station or in the bus.

Taxi

Taxis are a good way to navigate the city of Algiers, when you consider the dense traffic. Be careful and do not hop into non-official taxis. Taxis in Algiers must be yellow and bear a “taxi” sign. The fare must not exceed 20 DZD per kilometre.

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Algiers, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Office du Tourisme d'Alger

  • Adress: 126 rue Didouche Mourad 16004 Alger
  • Telephone: +213 21 64 69 85
  • Website: http://ont.dz/

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Algeria is the Algerian dinar (DZD)

1 € = 134,79 DZD

1 DZD = 0,01 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Medical care is of good quality, and infrastructures and health care facilities are modern.

Vaccination

For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:

Food safety recommendations

We recommend that you cook all food and carefully wash fruits and vegetables before eating.

Water

It is strongly advised to drink water from sealed bottles.

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ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

Travel requirements for other countries entry requirements for the territory of algeria

A valid visa is mandatory to enter Algeria, except for residents of the following countries: Maldives Islands, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Seychelles, Yemen, Malaysia, Mauritania, Syria, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria
http://www.mae.gov.dz/default_en.aspx

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USEFUL ADDRESSES

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Essential phrases

Here are a few useful phrases in Arabic for your stay in Algiers:

Good morning: Assalam alaykom / Sabahu Alkhair

Good afternoon: Masa'u Alkhair

Good evening: Masa' alkhir

Good bye: Iilaa alliqa

Yes: Nem

No: Lays

No thank you: La shukraan

Thank you very much: Shukraan

I don't understand: La ‘afhum

Could you repeat please?: Karrar

Please: Min fadlik

What time is it?: Kam alssaea

Excuse me: Asif

Airport: Matar

Railway station: Mahatt

Taxi/cab: Taxi

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Masrif

Telephone: Hatif

I am (…): Ana (…)

I am looking for (…): Abhath (…)

How much is (…): Kam tukallif

Do you have (…): Ladayk

Where can I find (…)?: Ayn hu (…)

Where can I buy (…)?: Ayn yumkinuni shira (…)

I would like (…): Awadd (…)

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Good to know

+ 213
+ phone number (calls to Algier)
-1 : 00
of time difference with
Amsterdam
No Daylight Savings Time

BANKS

Usually from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Usually from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
220 V - 50 Hz

TIPPING

You may leave a tip in restaurants and hotels, for 10 to 15% of the bill