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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Algiers

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Algiers each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

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

Third month of the Hijiri calendar: Eid Al Mawlid Annabawi (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.

March 20: 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 about French culture and language for everyone.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

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

Ninth month of the Hijiri calendar: Ramadan (national)

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time in Algeria, a country with a majority Muslim population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset. For the entire month, Algiers operates at a slower pace during the day and stirs into action at nightfall.

First day of Chawwal, the tenth month of the Hijiri calendar: Eid al-Fitr (national)

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

June 19: 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.

July 5: 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.

August 21 (date set according to the Hijri calendar): 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.

November 1: 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 6/43 16,5/62 80/3.1 Not the best period to go
February 6,5/48 17/63 82/3.2 Not the best period to go
March 7/45 18,5/65 73/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
April 9/48 20/68 61/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
May 12/54 23,5/74 40/1.5 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16/61 27/80 16/0.6 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18,5/65 30/86 4/0.1 Not the best period to go
August 19/66 31/89 7/0.2 Not the best period to go
September 17/63 29/84 34/1.3 Good period to go Good period to go
October 14/57 25/77 76/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
November 10/50 21/70 96/3.7 Not the best period to go
December 7/45 17/63 115/4.5 Not the best period to go
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Algiers Houari Boumediene International airport

The Algiers Houari Boumediene International airport is located 16 kilometres east of Algiers.

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

Getting from the airport to Algiers and back:
  • 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. DZD 1,200 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 DZD 1,200. Taxis are available at the ranks 50 metres to your right when exiting Terminal 1. Allow about DZD 800 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 DZD 50 for one trip. 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 5:45 a.m. and last bus leaves the airport at 11:45 p.m.

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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.

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 5:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. with one train every 5 minutes.

Tickets are DZD 40. 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 DZD 50. Books of tickets are available for DZD 400. 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 5:45 a.m. to 11:45 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 DZD 20 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 National du Tourisme (ONT)

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: 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 € = 133,20 DZD

1 DZD = 0,01 €

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

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Algiers counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccination

Obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis is recommended
Typhoid, hepatitis A and B are also recommended.

For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:

Water

It is strongly advised to drink water from sealed bottles.

Food safety

It is recommended to keep strong food hygiene practices: make sure produce is carefully washed and food is properly cooked before eating.

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Administrative procedures

Entry requirements for Algeria

As a French citizen, you need to obtain a visa if you will be staying in Algeria. The request should be addressed to the Algerian consulate.

To travel serenely in Algiers and Algeria, follow the travel advice of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/algeria/

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Useful addresses

Algerian Embassy in France:

  • Address: 50, rue de Lisbonne, 75008 Paris
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 93 20 20
  • Website: www.amb-algerie.fr/

French Embassy in Algeria:

  • Address: 25, chemin Abdelkader Gadouche 16035 Hydra, Alger Algérie
  • Telephone: (+ 213) 21 98 17 17

French Consulate in Algiers:

  • Address: 25, chemin Abdelkader Gadouche 16035 Hydra, Alger
  • Telephone: +213 21 98 15 05

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Essential phrases

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

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Sabah al-khair Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Sabah al-khair</em>

Good evening: Masaa al-khair Good evening: <em> Masaa al-khair </em>

Goodbye: Maasalama Goodbye: <em>Maasalama</em>

Yes: Na'am Yes: <em>Na'am</em>

No: Laa No: <em>Laa</em>

No, thank you: Laa, shukran No, thank you: <em>Laa, shukran</em>

Thank you very much: Shukran jaziilan Thank you very much: <em>Shukran jaziilan</em>

Please: Min fadlik Please: <em>Min fadlik</em>

I don't understand: Laa afham I don't understand: <em>Laa afham</em>

Could you repeat ?: Mumkin te'id ? Could you repeat ?: <em>Mumkin te'id ?</em>

What time is it ?: Kam el sa'ah? What time is it ?: <em>Kam el sa'ah?</em>

Sorry: Afwan Sorry: <em>Afwan</em>

Excuse me: Airport: Mataar Excuse me: Airport: <em>Mataar</em>

Train station: Mahattat al-qitaar Train station: <em>Mahattat al-qitaar</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Funduq Hotel: <em>Funduq</em>

Hospital: Mustashfa Hospital: <em>Mustashfa</em>

Bank: Bank Bank: <em>Bank</em>

Telephone: Telephone Telephone: <em>Telephone</em>

I'm (…): Ana (…) I'm (…): <em>Ana (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Abhass ane (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Abhass ane (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Bikam (…)? How much is (…)?: <em>Bikam (…)?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Hal 'indak (…)? Do you have (…)?: <em>Hal 'indak (…)?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Ayna ajed (…)? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Ayna ajed (…)?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Ayna ashtarii (…)? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Ayna ashtarii (…)?</em>

I'd like (…): Ourid (…) I'd like (…): <em>Ourid (…)</em>

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Good to know

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Hamburg
There is no Daylight Savings Time in Algeria

Usually from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In July and August, banks open only in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Usually from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m In July and August, administrations open only in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
Tipping is not necessarily required, although always appreciated if you are satisfied with the service. You may leave a tip in restaurants and hotels, for 10 to 15% of the bill.

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