• Area City  : 363 km² (140 sq mi)
  • Area Codes  : (+213) 021
  • Currency : African Dinar (DZD)
  • Population City (2011) : 3,415,811
  • Official Language  : Arabic, Berber, French
  • Time Zone : CET (UTC+1)
  • Airport  : Houari Boumediene Airport


From the Algiers airport (20km southeast of the city) to the city centre, passengers can take a taxi or a bus that operates every 30 minutes (during the daytime), or hire a rental vehicle.

Travellers from South Africa can get cheap flights to Algiers with code-share agreement airlines that depart from O.R. Tambo International Airport that include:

  • Air France
  • Qatar
  • Emirates
  • Lufthansa
  • Egyptair or
  • Turkish Airlines


Best Time To Visit Algiers, Algeria

For heat, August provides average temperatures of around 26°C and is perfect for swimming in the sea with waters around 25°C. January is the coldest month but has the most sunshine with 11 hours a day and December is the wettest month.


Reasons to Visit Algiers

  • Algiers is a thrilling, exciting city with many beautiful architectural buildings portraying its turbulent past. Capital to Algeria and its main administrative hub, Algiers was founded in 944 by Bologhine ibn Ziri, founder of the Berber Zirid-Sanhaja dynasty, but was overthrown by Roger II of Sicily in 1148. The 15th century encountered Ottoman rule with violent battles while the 16th century had Algiers turning to piracy and ransoming, holding captive notable Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes for almost five years. In 1830 after an invasion by France the city became the capital of French Algeria and was the last city to be sized from the Germans by the Allies during World War II in Operation Torch. A bloody struggle for independence in 1962 between the French Army and the Front de Libération Nationale left hundreds of thousands dead but Algeria gained its independence.
  • Locally known as El-Djazaïr, modern Algiers is an eye-catching city off the shores of the Mediterranean and nicknamed Algiers the White because of its white glistening buildings that seemingly emerge from the ocean. The promenade along the sea front is perfect for strolling, a meal and admiring surrounding architecture. Meander along narrow, steep streets in the ancient city of Casbah and discover remnants of Algiers history.
  • Nightlife in Algiers has cafes open until late with the majority of top hotels having nightclubs for dancing and partying. The Ebony Club is one of the city’s most exclusive nightclubs that draws an international crowd and offers drinks at affordable prices. The Crystal Lounge has DJs, party nights and live acts regularly. Ladies should remember to cover their shoulders and upper arms, being a Muslim country.
  • The city has a variety of excellent restaurants cooking up scrumptious local specialities and international cuisines. The Havana Saïd Hamdine provides an evening of superb dining with wonderful dance performances and the restaurants Salsa evening needs to be booked. For something hot and spicy try the Taj Mahal and for authentic Moroccan food, La Palmeraie Restaurant is a must. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed at Le Tyrolien with its rustic decor and aroma of grilled steaks. LHonoré Restaurant affords patrons romantic candle-lit dinners with mouth-watering French dishes and reservations necessary.
  • Visitors can choose from 3-Star to 5-Star luxury hotels such as the Sheraton Club des Pins Resort or opt for smaller establishments with delightful character. There are around five backpacker establishments in the heart of the city, all in close proximity to each other. Speaking French will help a great deal.
  • Take time walking along Didouche Mourad, Algiers prime shopping street that features a variety of craft stores, art galleries and all kinds of shops. If youre looking specifically for Moroccan and African clothing including traditional Caftans, Princess dOrient is where you need to be. For anything and everything the Bab Ezzouar Shopping Mall affords visitors plenty to purchase with cafes and restaurants to rest and enjoy refreshments.


Places to Visit in Algiers

  • Impossible to miss is the breath-taking Martyrs Memorial, reaching a height of 92 metres, it was unveiled in 1982 on the 20th anniversary of the Algerian War of Independence. It includes an amphitheatre, a crypt and the Museum of El Mujahid, a site not to be missed.
  • The Ketchaoua Mosque situated at the foot the Casbah is a splendid mix of Moorish and Byzantine design. It was built during the 17th century under Ottoman rule but also used as a cathedral under French rule. This dramatically beautiful building is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The spectacular Notre Dame dAfrique (Our Lady of Africa) Catholic basilica with Byzantine Revival architecture opened its doors in 1872 after breaking ground in 1858. It’s one of the citys most famous buildings, still celebrating daily mass at 18h00.
  • Dar Hassan Pacha palace, built by Hassan Bacha El Khaznadji in 1790 has over the years experienced numerous alterations in order to accommodate high profile residents such as the French governor of Algiers who used it as his winter palace from 1839 to 1841 as well as Napoleon III and the 8th president, Émile Loubet.
  • The Grande Poste dAlger building is a superb example of neo-Moorish architecture, constructed by the French in 1910.
  • Le Jardin dEssai du Hamma (The Botanical Garden of Hamma) is an amazingly beautiful space of 58 hectares with lush tree lined pathways, gardens, manicured lawns, ponds and a zoo, ideal for family outings.
  • The Museum of Modern Art of Algiers (MaMa) inaugurated in 2007, was built between 1901 and 1909 and used as a department store, the Galeries de France. With neo-moorish architecture it was renovated to house the museum on five levels.
  • The Museum of Antiquities opened in 1897 and provides visitors with a fascinating look into Algiers history, displaying a variety of beautiful works of art, objects, sculptures, bronzes and priceless manuscripts gathered from all over Algeria, a definite must see.
  • Established in the 1920s, the Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography is housed in a building from the Ottoman period and home to prehistoric treasures well worth seeing, besides the ancient building itself.

Getting Around Algiers


La Gare Routiere, the city’s central bus terminus is located in the area of Hussein Dey, about 10 minutes drive from the city centre. Its efficient and offers plenty of services to most major towns and cities at cheap prices. The majority of buses are air-conditioned and comfortable with a few remaining old ones not as comfortable. Buses also operate between the city and its suburbs and tickets can be bought onboard.


With its terminus located in the city’s heart, tourists can take a ferry service between Algiers, Marseille, Palermo and Alicante with one of numerous companies.


The Metro in operation since 2011 has 10 stations from Tafourah Grande Poste to Haï El Badr. Tickets are purchasable from ticket machines or an attendant at the station.


For fast and cheap travelling in and around Algiers, you’ll find a taxi at a stand and agree on the price beforehand.


The Central Train Station operated by the National Algerian Train Company is located in the city centre with regular services to main Algerian cities like Constantine, Annaba and Oran. Improvements have been made with new air-conditioned coaches plus additional routes.

Car Hire:

Travellers hiring rental vehicles should wear seat belts and definitely not use their cell phones while driving. There are police and military checks in virtually each municipality. Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget, Argus and many other rental companies are located at the airport and in the city.

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