Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Algeria.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:
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.
|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|
|April||9||20||61||Good period to go|
|May||12||23,5||40||Good period to go|
|June||16||27||16||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|
|October||14||25||76||Good period to go|
|November||10||21||96||Not the best period to go|
|December||7||17||115||Not the best period to go|
The Houari Boumédiène International airport is 16 kilometres east of Algiers.
Downtown Algiers and its surroundings are easy to get around. Subway and tramway are the two best options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Medical care is of good quality, and infrastructures and health care facilities are modern.Vaccination
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
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.
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
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
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
Railway station: Mahatt
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 (…)
You may leave a tip in restaurants and hotels, for 10 to 15% of the bill