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Algeria Algeria

Even though Algeria’s tourism industry is still underdeveloped, there is lots to see and do during your stay. A northern African country on the Mediterranean coast, Algeria is the largest country in Africa, and the tenth-largest in the world. During the early 2000s, tourism in Algeria took a turn for the better as the country invested in tourism and promoting its World Heritage sites. With ancient towns, attractions in the desert regions, impressive palaces and prehistoric rock art, it would definitely be a unique and memorable travel experience.

Important travel information for Algeria

Canadian travellers are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months past their departure date from the country, and all Canadians must have a visa to enter.

The security situation in the country is unpredictable. Theft, kidnapping and terrorism-related activities occur outside major urban areas. It is not recommended that women travel alone. Take extra precautions to protect yourself and personal belongings. It is recommended that you make arrangements with your hotel to be picked up from the airport.

Islamic practices are followed in Algeria. It is recommended that you dress conservatively and respect all local customs. Cash is the preferred method of payment, and the currency is the non-convertible Algerian dinar (DZD). Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are accepted in major hotels.

Seasonal rain can lead to flooding, so plan your trip accordingly. The official language is modern standard Arabic, but Berber and French are also spoken by locals.

Top places to visit during your trip to Algeria

With an increasing number of beach resorts developing, especially in the Oran region, many tourists come to Algeria to soak up the sun and enjoy the beaches, and some of the best beaches are found in El Kala National Park.

Some of the top places to explore include Algiers Botanical Garden; Notre Dame D’Afrique church; Tipasa, home to three World Heritage sites; Tassili n'Ajjer, where you can see prehistoric cave paintings on the edge of the Sahara Desert; Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad, the first capital of the Hammadid empire; and M'Zab Valley.

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General Algeria Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 38,481,705 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 2,381,741 9,984,670
Capital: Algiers
Currency: Dinar
Official language(s): Arabic
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 0.17 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 0.29 1.23 (2013)

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