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Old 08-09-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I have always wanted to take a Middle Eastern vacation, and after much research, Algiers seems like a really amazing place to visit!
But before any further plans are made I have a few questions...

Is Algiers actually a tourist friendly city?

Safety wise, how would a young male like myself be precieved?

What would I have to wear to not look like an obvious outcast/tourist?

Comments please
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:44 PM
 
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I understand that the music scene is very cool.

Just dont have the US Flag embezeled on your back back and always tell everybody that you are Canadian.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Well, first of all, Algiers is nowhere near the Middle East. Young Algerians (except for the ones who spend all their time in the mosque) are extremely friendly and curious about the world. They absolutely love Americans, as long as the subject of Palestine is avoided -- but the glitzy American way of life (from the Hollywood fantasy world) is what they aspire to.

Tourism is once again on the rise after the difficult years of terrorist activity, but the infrastructure is not nearly as developed as in Tunisia and Morocco (neither of which is in the Middle East either). In any case, it is quite a beautiful city, often called 'la Ville Blanche' because of the extreme whiteness of the buildings, and is a mirror image of its sister city across the Mediterranean, Marseille.

There is nothing you can do to not look like a tourist -- everybody will know at first glance. And there is nothing wrong with that.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Saratoga Springs and Copake Lake.
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I would prefer Tunisia, next to Algeria, more stuff and amenities for Tourists ( lot of German tourist there) If you want a fantastic Middle East Vacation, go to Jordan. Or if you have not seen the Pyramids, Egypt. That is Middle East at its best.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Thanks for the posts guys, all the info is helpful!
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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I understand that the music scene is very cool.

Just dont have the US Flag embezeled on your back back and always tell everybody that you are Canadian.
Very true,music in Algeria is amazing like nowhere else in the area,being a tourist is not a crime and nobody will bother a tourist in Algeria.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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I would prefer Tunisia, next to Algeria, more stuff and amenities for Tourists ( lot of German tourist there) If you want a fantastic Middle East Vacation, go to Jordan. Or if you have not seen the Pyramids, Egypt. That is Middle East at its best.
I know both countries where i travel often,Tunisia used to be a safe place but not anymore.
As far as amenities Algiers is way much bigger,with more hotels choices,better transportation infrastructures (brand new metro,new airport terminal,brand new electric tramways system),many US major hotels (Sheraton,Holiday Inn,Marriott,Hilton) or international (Meridien,Mercure,Sofitel)

Algeria has the world's largest open museum in the Tassilli region

Tassili n'Ajjer - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The Tassili N'Ajjer national park : A UNESCO World Heritage
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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Movie Review - The Battle of Algiers

A good way to understand the history of the city of Algiers

Battle of Algiers, English subtitles.معركة الجزائر

Battle of Algiers, English subtitles.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Macao
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It's on my list of cities that I'd like to see within the next 5 years.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:43 PM
 
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It's on my list of cities that I'd like to see within the next 5 years.
It's an amazing historical place,i will post more articles,videos and documentaries.
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