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When to visit Algeria

The diversity in Algeria’s climate is apparent in the entire country, so when planning a trip, make sure to schedule it around the time when the weather is at its most pleasant.

In the Sahara desert, the weather is usually extreme. Daytime temperature averages at 34 °C (93 °F). At night, the temperature plunges to as low as –10 °C (14 °F).

Generally, though, it is best to visit the northern part of the Sahara between September and May, and the southern part between October and April, as the weather is generally mild during these months.

In the coastal areas, summer is marked by dryness and hot temperature, while winter is usually mild. The northern coast specifically experiences a summer temperature of 26 °C (79 °F) and a winter temperature of 10 °C (50 °F).

Inland areas, in contrast, have cooler winters and hotter summers.

If you want to experience Algeria at its most festive, you might want to consider visiting the country during its major holidays.

Algeria celebrates national holidays such as Commemoration Day, which is held in June as a way to remember the anniversary of Mohammed Ben Bella’s overthrow, and the Anniversary of the Revolution, held in November to commemorate the Algerian War.

Eid al-Fitr, or the breaking of Ramadan, is also widely celebrated in Algeria. It is a three-day event marked with festivity and lots of food.

Another Muslim occasion, Eid al-Adha, is a big celebration that commemorates Ibrahim’s offering of his son. It is held 70 days after the Ramadan month and is also welcomed with food.