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Algiers is Algeria’s capital and biggest city. The population of the city was predicted to be approximately 3,500,000 in 2011. The population of the major metropolitan metropolis is estimated to be approximately 5,000,000 people. Algiers is a city on the Mediterranean Sea in Algeria’s north-central region.

While the city of Algiers seems to be contemporary, the capital is trying to keep up with the country’s fast expansion. Many of its citizens have a low level of life. In the last decade, Algiers has also been plagued by violence. Much of the nation was devastated by a civil war that began in 1991. Things have now returned to normal (at least in Algiers). The infrastructure has undergone extensive renovation, which is currently underway.

Locals refer to Algiers as El-Djazar, and they speak Berber, Arabic, and French.

Algiers is not a well-known tourist destination, and the US State Department advises against visiting other regions of the country. The majority of the notable sites of Algiers are in the ancient city, known as the Casbah or Medina. Those who do make it to Algiers are wowed by the people’s friendliness and hospitality. The numerous historic French buildings, the coastal promenade, and the restaurants all get high marks.

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Algiers | Introduction

Algiers – Info Card

POPULATION :  City: 3,415,811  /  Metro: 5,000,000
LANGUAGE :  Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects
RELIGION :  Sunni Muslim  99%, Christian and Jewish 1%
AREA :  363 km2 (140 sq mi)
ELEVATION :  2 m (7 ft) – 424 m (1,391 ft)
COORDINATES :  36°46′N 3°13′E
SEX RATIO :  Male: 50.55%
 Female: 49.45%
ETHNIC :  Arabic-speaking background 53%, Berber-speaking background 44%, Others 3%
POSTAL CODE :  16000–16132
DIALING CODE :  +213 21

Climate of Algiers

The climate of Algiers is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and warm, rainy winters.

The city’s closeness to the Mediterranean Sea helps to keep temperatures moderate. As a consequence, Algiers seldom experiences the harsh temperatures that the nearby interior deserts do.

Economy of Algiers

Algiers is a significant economic, commercial, and financial hub, with a stock market worth more than 60 million euros. The cost of living in the city is the highest in North Africa.

How To Travel To Algiers

By Plain

Houari Boumediene Airport is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Algiers and is named after former Algerian President Houari Boumediene.

The flag carrier Air Algerie has its headquarters at the airport.

Several times every day, Air Algerie serves Algeria’s most major cities (including Oran, Annaba, Tammanrasset, Skikda, Tlemcen, and Constantine). There are also numerous links to African cities including Bamako, Cairo, Abidjan, Dakar, Tunis, and Ouagadougo.

Because Hall 2 is allocated for foreign carriers, Air Algerie operates from Hall 1.

International Airlines

  • Aigle Azur (Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Lyon, Nice (seasonal), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Toulouse)
  • Air Berlin (Cologne-Bonn)
  • Air France (Marseilles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
  • Air Méditerranée (Montepellier)
  • Alitalia (Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
  • British Airways (London-Gatwick)
  • EgyptAir (Cairo)
  • Iberia (Madrid)
  • Jetairfly (Brussels, Seasonal)
  • Libyan Airlines (Tripoli)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
  • Middle East Airlines (Beirut)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca, Oudja)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah)
  • Spanair (Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia)
  • Syrian Arab Airlines (Aleppo, Damascus)
  • TAP Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Tunisair (Tunis)
  • Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk)

Airport Transfer

  • Taxicab (Outside of Hall 2). Taxis are available outside of Hall 2; due to the lack of taximeters, a price should be agreed upon in advance. The travel to Algiers’ center takes around 20 minutes and should not cost more than DZD600 (USD4).
  • Bus. During the day, the bus runs every 30 minutes to the center. It costs DZD25, which is paid to the bus driver.

By Train

The Algiers Central Train Station is close to the city center. Regular services are provided to important Algerian cities such as Oran, Annaba, and Constantine. SNTF (the national Algerian railway operator) has made significant advances in recent years, purchasing new air-conditioned carriages and launching new routes.

By Bus

The principal bus terminal in Algiers, La Gare Routiere, is located in the commune of Hussein Dey (approximately a 7-10 minute drive from downtown) and provides a variety of bus services to most major Algerian cities and villages. It is a very inexpensive and effective method to travel between two Algerian cities. The majority of the coaches are contemporary and air-conditioned, so the travels are usually pleasant. However, there are a few ancient coaches still in operation, which you should avoid since the journey will be less enjoyable.

Due to the extended duration of vast distances such as Algiers-Tammanrasset or Algiers-Annaba, flying is preferred.

By Car

Because Algiers is the country’s capital, most, if not all, significant highways in Algeria begin and conclude there. So getting to Algiers is simple. However, the infrastructure of Algerian roads is not well-regarded, so traveling by car may not be the best choice. A number of road projects are underway around the nation to improve infrastructure, most notably the East-West motorway, which runs from Annaba in the east to Oran in the west, passing through Algiers.

Be wary of traffic bottlenecks, particularly in downtown Algiers. There aren’t many traffic signals. Police officers have taken the place of the lights. Almost every municipality has a police or military checkpoint. Slowing down is strongly advised. The use of cell phones while driving is severely forbidden. Make sure you’re wearing your seat belts.

How To Get Around In Algiers

By Metro

The first stretch of the Algiers Metro eventually opened on November 1, 2011, after more than three decades of development (or lack thereof). Line 1 runs from Tafourah Grande Poste in the city center, just south of Gare d’Alger, the major train station, to Ha El Badr, stopping at some of the city’s most significant locations.

Tickets may be bought at the station from either a ticket machine (which accepts many languages but just coins, not including 200s) or an employee. A single trip ticket costs 150 Dinar, while a ten-trip ticket costs 400 Dinar.

By Taxi

In Algiers, taxis are a quick and inexpensive method to get about. They may be located at taxi stands, but you should haggle over the price before getting in the car. A gratuity is not required, although it is acceptable if the service was exceptional.

By Bus

Buses run throughout the city and to the suburbs; tickets cost 20 dinar and may be bought on the bus. When you board, a guy usually approaches you with a bundle of tickets.

Prices In Algiers

Tourist (Backpacker) – 68 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including: meals in cheap restaurant, public transport, cheap hotel.

Tourist (business/regular)  – 133 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including: mid-range meals and drinks, transportation, hotel.


Milk 1 liter $ 0.25
Tomatoes 1 kg $ 0.70
Cheese 0.5 kg $ 7.00
Apples 1 kg $ 1.40
Oranges 1 kg $ 1.00
Beer (domestic) 0.5 l $ 1.50
Bottle of Wine 1 bottle $ 7.30
Coca-Cola 2 liters $ 1.10
Bread 1 piece $ 0.25
Water 1.5 l $ 0.30


Dinner (Low-range) for 2 $ 16.00
Dinner (Mid-range) for 2 $ 28.00
Dinner (High-range) for 2 $ 43.00
Mac Meal or similar 1 meal $ 0.25
Water 0.33 l $ 0.25
Cappuccino 1 cup $ 1.20
Beer (Imported) 0.33 l $ 2.10
Beer (domestic) 0.5 l $ 1.50
Coca-Cola 0.33 l $ 0.60
Coctail drink 1 drink $ 9.00


Cinema 2 tickets $ 3.60
Gym 1 month $ 32.00
Men’s Haircut 1 haircut $ 5.50
Theatar 2 tickets $ 12.00
Mobile (prepaid) 1 min. $ 0.09
Pack of Marlboro 1 pack $ 1.35


Antibiotics 1 pack $ 3.90
Tampons 32 pieces $ 4.10
Deodorant 50 ml. $ 3.60
Shampoo 400 ml. $ 3.30
Toilet paper 4 rolls $ 1.75
Toothpaste 1 tube $ 1.55


Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1 $ 52.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M) 1 $ 48.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas…) 1 $ 72.00
Leather shoes 1 $ 69.00


Gasoline 1 liter $ 0.24
Taxi Start $ 0.25
Taxi 1 km $ 0.26
Local Transport 1 ticket $ 0.30

Sights & Landmarks In Algiers

  • The basilica of Notre Dame d’Afrique, which is only accessible by cable car, is one of the city’s most notable structures. It was erected in 1858 and is situated in the Z’ will ghara area.
  • The Algerian War of Independence is commemorated by the Monument des Martyrs ( Maquam E’ chahid ), an iconic concrete monument. On the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, the monument was dedicated in 1982. It’s shaped like three upright palm leaves that protect the “Eternal Flame” below. Each palm leaf has a soldier figurine on the edge, symbolizing a different period of Algeria’s fight.
  • The El Jedid mosque is located near the harbor on the Place des Martyrs.
  • The Emir Abdelkader Memorial (previously Bugeaud) was built in honor of the great emir Abd El-Kader, who fought the French during the invasion of Algeria.
  • The Grand Post Office (1910, by Voinot and Tondoire) is a neo-Moorish structure located in the heart of Algiers.
  • The Jardin d’essai (Area of Test; El-Hamma) is an 80-hectare (198-acre) garden in the east of Algiers that has exotic plants and gardens. It was designed by A. Hardy in 1832.
  • Villa Abd-el-Hair, with the top of the Test Garden, one of the former mansions of the dey, where the artistic and winners of the Price Abd-el-Hair, in particular Maurice Boitel and Andre Hamburg, were put until 1962.
  • Riadh El- Feth’s (shopping centre and art gallery).
  • Mosque of Ketchaoua (This mosque became the Saint-Philippe cathedral during colonization before becoming again a mosque).
  • The National Library is located in the El HAMMA district. Modern architecture.
  • Algiers’ Great Mosque on Rue de la Marine. It is Algiers’ oldest mosque, erected during the time of Almoravid monarch Yusuf ibn Tashfin.

Museums & Galleries In Algiers

Museums In Algiers

Musee National du Bardo

Address: 3, rue Franklin Roosevelt,, Algiers 16100, Algeria

Phone Number:  +213 021 74 76 41


Musee des Antiquites

Address: Parc de la Liberte | Telemly, Algiers 16100, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 68 11 29

Le Musee National Des Beaux Arts

Address: Dar Essalam El Hamma, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 66 49 16


Musee Public National de l’Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie

Address: Rue Aoua Abdelkader | Casbah, Algiers 16307, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 43 92 29

Mail: [email protected]

Musee de l’Armee

Address: Riadh El Feth, Algiers 16015, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 67 15 47

Art Galleries In Algiers

Museum of Modern Art Algiers

Address: 25, rue Larbi Ben M_Hidi, Algiers, Algeria

Musee Nationale des Arts et Traditions Populaires

Address: 69, Rue Akli Malek | Casbah, Algiers 16100, Algeria

Phone Number: 213 2 71 34 14


Villa Abd-el-Tif

Address: Rue du Dr Laveran, Algiers 16005, Algeria


Seen Art

Address: 156, lotissement El Bina, Dely Brahim, Algiers 16320, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 540 45 09 45


Mail: [email protected]

Al Marhoon Gallery

Address: Said Hamedine | 574 Logements, Bt 24 Local 12 Said Hamedine, Algiers 16012, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 540 33 21 39


Food & Restaurants In Algiers

Restaurants In Algiers

The Bois des Arcades neighborhood has a number of eateries. This is the hill 0.5 kilometers south-east of the large Martyrs’ Memorial. From here, you may get a great view of Algiers and the shore. Because the hill is also wooded, it’s a great place to go for a stroll.

Taj Mahal

Food                 8 of 10

Service             8 of 10

Value               7 of 10

Atmosphere      8 of 10

Cuisine:  Indian, Asian, Halal

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Restaurant features:  Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available

Good for:  Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings

Open Hours :

Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Monday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Friday 2:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Address: 7 Rue Idir Toumi Ben Aknoun, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 23 38 49 82


Food               8 of 10

Service            8 of 10

Value              7 of 10

Atmosphere    8 of 10

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Halal

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Good for:  Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

Open Hours: 

Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Address: 10, avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 61 40 26

Auberge Du Moulin

Food                 8 of 10

Service              8 of 10

Value                7 of 10

Atmosphere      8 of 10

Cuisine:  Mediterranean, European, French

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Restaurant features:  Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available

Good for:  Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups

Address: 24 rue Abane Ramdane, Cheragua, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 36 10 73

Le Filet

Food         10 of 10

Service      10 of 10

Value          9 of 10

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant features:  Reservations

Good for:  Families with children, Special occasions

Address: 124 Bois des Cars 1 | Dely Ibrahim, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 550 20 20 84

Restaurant Le Tyrolien

Food                9 of 10

Service            8 of 10

Value              8 of 10

Atmosphere    8 of 10

Cuisine:  Steakhouse, European

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

Restaurant features:  Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating

Address: 04, Rue Khaled Khaldoune, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 73 90 46

Le Bardo

Food            8 of 10

Service         9 of 10

Value           7 of 10

Cuisine:  International

Restaurant features:  Reservations

Address: 2 Bd Franklin Roosewelt | Alger Centre, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 61 00 60

Le Tantra

Food              8 of 10

Service           8 of 10

Value             6 of 10

Atmosphere   8 of 10

Cuisine:  French, Mediterranean, European

Meals:  Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

Restaurant features:  Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining

Good for:  Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children

Open Hours: 

Sunday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Monday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Tuesday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Wednesday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Thursday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Friday 11:30 am – 1:00 am

Address: Bois des Arcades villa no2 | Riad El Feth, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 65 46 54

Havana Music & Food

The Best Algiers Steack House. Live Music every week-end.

Food               7 of 10

Service           7 of 10

Value             7 of 10

Atmosphere   9 of 10

Cuisine:  Steakhouse, European, Mediterranean

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Restaurant features:  Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Digital Payments

Good for:  Families with children, Large groups

Address: Bab Ezzouar Shopping Mall | 2nd Floor, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 782 36 20 01


Food             9 of 10

Service         8 of 10

Value           8 of 10

Restaurant features:  Takeout

Good for:  Families with children

Address: 22, Bld Said Hamdine, Algiers 16035, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 561 78 29 01

Le Bearnais

Food               8 of 10

Service             8of 10

Value              7 of 10

Atmosphere    8 of 10

Cuisine:  Mediterranean

Meals:  Dinner

Restaurant features:  Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol

Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Address: 5 Rue Ahmed et Boualem Khalfi, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 64 97 67

Shopping In Algiers

Gift & Specialty Shops

Centre Commercial Bab Ezzouar

Address: Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 770 14 33 57


Market Al Jorf

Address: Farm Bushaki, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 770 87 88 87

Festivals & Events In Algiers

Festivals In Algiers

Although there aren’t many well-known Algiers festivals, the city does host a handful throughout the year. Every two years, Algeria has a Strawberry Festival. This event attracts strawberry producers since it includes a strawberry farming display.

Festival of du Rai d’Oran

Rai d’Oran is a festival dedicated to “Rai” music. This song combines western rock beats with Arabic rhythms. It draws a wide range of individuals, both young and elderly, and showcases more than 50 artists.

Marathon des Dunes

The Marathon des Dunes, sometimes known as a desert event, attracts runners from all over the globe. It takes place in the town of Bechar.

Eid al Adha

This is a religious holiday also known as the “feast of the sacrifice.” It is celebrated in November, and if you are fortunate enough to be in Algeria during that month, you will be able to sample some famous Algerian dishes.

Other Festivals

Aside from these festivals, there are a few additional events that take place throughout the year. Algeria hosts a wide range of activities and events, from film festivals to marathons. The Ghardaia Carpet Festival is typically held in March. This festival draws carpet weavers from all around Algeria, who are eager to show and sell their wares.

Nightlife In Algiers

Bars & Nightclubs In Algiers

1001 Nuits

Address: | C/O Sheraton Les Pins, Club des Pins, Staoueli, Algiers 16101, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 37 77 77


Havana Club

Address: Centre Commercial Bab Ezzouar, Bab Ezzouar, Alger, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 771 68 47 57


Pasha Nightclub

Address: 24 Av Souidani Boujmaa, Les Tagarins, Algiers 16070, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 23 09 33

Crystal Lounge

Address: Pins Maritimes El Mohammadia | Hilton Alger, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 21 21 96 96


The Black Ball

Address: 37 Rue Mustapha Khalef, el Biar, Algiers 16000, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 555 55 55 55

Mail: [email protected]

Spoon Club

Address: Bordj El Kiffan, Algiers, Algeria

Phone Number: +213 555 02 54 10

Sun – Sat 10:00 am – 7:30 pm



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