Algeria officially the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties). Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999.
There aren’t many tourists in Algeria and so there aren’t many accommodation options. With a few exceptions, hotels are of relatively low standard, particularly in the medium to low price bracket. The big chain hotels are only to be found in Algiers and Oran. Camping grounds in Algeria closed during the 1990s and few have reopened.
Algeria is full of fast food joints and most of the good restaurants are hidden away. Ask the locals for recommendations and snap up an invitation to eat at a family home.
Dishes include couscous with lamb or chicken stew, plus rarer items such as rechta (tagliatelle with chicken, courgettes and chick peas) and chekchouka (strips of crêpe-like pasta). The French culinary imprint is still strong, with bread, croissants and coffee for breakfast.
Algeria was once a major wine producer and still makes quite drinkable wines, mainly red and rosé. Alcohol is served in hotels and European-style restaurants but not at cheap eateries or cafés.
If you are planning a trip to Algeria, the best option to stay connected is purchasing an international SIM card.