The Sahara will surprise you. For one thing, it’s probably bigger than you think. Get to know this misunderstood monster with our Sahara travel guide.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ALGERIA
Many tour companies don't operate during the stifling heat of summer with the Sahara unbearable and Mediterranean beaches crammed tighter than a sardine tagine
Algeria's coast, including Algiers and Oran, has a fairly typical Mediterranean climate so expect it to be hot from Jun-Sep; however, certainly not as hot as the desert regions to the south where temperatures rocket to unbearable levels. The best time to visit Algeria for a Saharan safari is Apr-Mar or Oct-Nov as conditions are less fierce and the rest of the country is dry and relatively warm. Oct also coincides with the annual date harvest, whilst in spring the hillsides of the north bound with new life and there are far fewer crowds around key cultural sites and beach resorts.
Algiers Weather Chart
THINGS TO DO IN ALGERIA
Things to do in Algeria
Things not to do in Algeria…
Always get up to date information at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisory department before travelling to Algeria. These include staying away from areas within 30kms of Libya, Tunisia, Niger and Mali, sections of the Sahara.
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ALGERIA TRAVEL ADVICE
Linda Maguire, from our supplier Undiscovered Destinations, shares her top Algeria travel tips:
Meeting local people
“The Algerian people are delighted to see tourists in their country – I was asked to be in quite a few photos with local people – and are friendly and good humoured. Those that speak English are keen to practise whenever they have the chance.”
“Almost no tourists visit Algeria and it does not have the souks and markets that you would expect to find in Morocco, for example. The markets are for local people to do their shopping rather than to sell souvenirs, so haggling isn't an issue.”
Jane Westwood, from our tour partners Wild Frontiers, offers advice on travelling in Algeria:
“If visiting the Sahara you’ll want to pack a good pair of enclosed boots or trainers as walking on sand can be tough, and hot. A good sun hat, sunglasses and a headscarf are also advisable as well as sun cream and lots of water. It’s also an idea to have a zip lock bag for your camera as grains of sand can play havoc with shutters. Note: Do not pack binoculars – they will be confiscated on arrival.”
“The overwhelming feel is that Algeria is still a ‘closed’ country with strict controls from the Government in terms of movement. Security and red tape are still very much visible and Brits and Americans will have a security escort on journeys. It is nothing like other North African countries although the people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Oil rather than Tourism is the focus.”
“You will be unable to enter mosques as a non-Muslim even if appropriately attired. Remember to dress modestly especially when visiting local towns, markets and traditional areas. Remove your shoes if invited into a local house. If eating a meal, men and women should sit separately in a local house. Foreign men should not make prolonged eye contact with local women. If pointing at anything use your whole hand and not your finger. Finally, ensure you limit public displays of affection both for heterosexual and same sex couples (homosexuality is illegal in Algeria).”
And a tip from our holiday reviews
The Roman ruins of Algeria are always a highlight, even more so when one is blessed with a very good guide as we had. Algiers is very beautiful and, as far as I know, the only Art Nouveau town; it's beautiful, despite the decay.
– Maria Camilo
More about Algeria
Explore our Algeria travel guide and discover the UNESCO sites, Roman ruins and Saharan sand dunes that have long been the preserve of only the most adventurous of cultural travellers.