Fly To Algiers, Algeria
After weathering the ravages of a civil war Algiers was seldom visited by foreign tourists in the early 90’s. Nowadays the city which is also the capital of Algeria is one of the most prominent in the North Africa region and is currently experiencing an economic boom thanks to its flourishing oil industry.
Algiers’ centre has undergone a rapid transformation from a traditional colonial French city to a modern centre of business, and just about any service that can be found in the West can now be found in Algiers. Despite the growth of foreign investment in the city, Algeria is still not as popular a tourist destination as nearby Morocco. From impressive architecture in the North of the country, to nomadic tribes in the south, Algeria really is a gem well and truly hidden off the beaten track.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require a Tourist Visa to visit Algeria. A Visa for Algeria takes about 10 days to process and you should have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it after returning from your trip.
- The South African Embassy to Algeria is located in Algiers. 30, Rue Capitain Hocine Slimane, El Biar, Algiers, Algeria. Phone: (021) 230 384.
See and do
Algeria is famous throughout the world for its famous ruins, which should form a significant part of any traveller’s itinerary. Most of the ruins in Algeria originate from the Phoenician, Byzantine and Roman eras. Tipasa is one of the best places if you want to see ruins from all the empires at once, while the Hippo Regius at Annaba offers some of the best preserved ruins in the country.
Algeria boasts one of North Africa’s longest Mediterranean coastlines, and has an endless amount of beautiful beaches which do not currently suffer a large influx of tourists. One of the most popular beach resorts close to Algiers is Sidi Fredj, which is a bustling resort town. Alternatively visitors may wish to head to Annaba and Skikda which can be found along the countries Turquoise Coast.
Ruins and beaches aside, Algeria’s biggest natural asset is the expansive Sahara Desert. One of the best places to visit in order to witness Mozabite culture is the M’zab Valley. The valley is the intersection point between five cities which boast some of the most authentic and unique architecture in the Sahara. And if you’re looking for impressive scenery then consider a guided hike into the rugged and unforgiving Atlas Mountains.
Algerian cuisine is influenced by North African and French chefs and if you have a sweet tooth you shouldn’t miss out on Baklawa which consists of Almond cake covered in honey. Meat lovers should make sure that they give Mechoui a go, which is grilled lamb.
When it comes to travelling around the country internal flights are probably the best option as air travel in Morocco is fast and affordable. Adventurous backpackers may prefer to take public transport such as buses. Algeria has recently purchased modern trains and the Algiers to Constantine route provides visitors with panoramic views of the country.
Houari Boumediene Airport – ALG
Food and beverage: Facilities include several shops and cafes.
Currency Exchange: Money changers are available on landing at Algiers Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be reported to your individual carrier. Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported to airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: The closest hotels to the airport are the Ibis Alger Aeroport, and the Grand Hotel Mercure Alger Aeroport.
Car Hire: Local car rental options are available. Search and book car hire in Algiers on cars.travelstart.co.za.
Airport Hub: Algiers Airport (code ALG) is a hub for Aigle Azur, Air Algerie and Tassili Airlines.