Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Algeria. Below are the main dates for these festivities:January 1: New Year's Day (national)
In Algeria, New Year's Day is a cause for celebration with friends and family.3rd month of the Hijiri calendar: Eid Al-mawlid an-Nabawi (national)
The birth of the Prophet Muhammad is celebrated each year in Algeria. Prayers and celebrations during these two days make them a family-holiday.March 20: International Francophonie Day (national)
49 French-language speaking countries including Algeria celebrate their link with France. Poetry and writing contests are held for the youth, as well as meals and games about French culture and language for everyone.May 1: Labour Day (national)
Labour Day is a public holiday for all Algerians. This day is spent on parades and worker marches.Ninth month of the Hijiri calendar:Ramadan (national)
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time in Algeria, a country with a majority Muslim population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset. For the entire month, Oran operates at a slower pace during the day and stirs into action at nightfall.1st day of Chawwal(date set according to the Hijiri calendar): Eid ul-Fitr (national)
In Islam, this day marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a time for celebrations with family and friends.June 19: Righting Day (national)
The Anniversary of the Algerian coup d'état of June 19th 1965 which saw Houari Boumédiène take over as president is cause for yearly celebration.July 5: Independence Day (national)
This holiday commemorates the Independence of Algeria as proclaimed on July 5th 1962 by General de Gaulle. It is an opportunity for many official speeches, parades and popular rejoicing.August 21 (date set according to the Hijri calendar): Eid al-Adha (national)
It is considered the most important of the yearly Muslim holidays and honours Ibrahim as a model for all believers. This is also an occasion for sumptuous family gatherings, for which it is recommended to multiply offerings and gifts.November 1: Anniversary of the Revolution (national)
November 1st 1954 is the official starting point of the war between France and Algeria. This event is cause for yearly celebrations, official memorial services and political speeches.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||5||17||44||Not the best period to go|
|February||6,5||18||44,5||Not the best period to go|
|March||8||20||35||Good period to go|
|April||10||21,5||30||Good period to go|
|May||13||24||27||Good period to go|
|June||17||28||4||Good period to go|
|July||19,5||30,5||2||Not the best period to go|
|August||20||32||3||Not the best period to go|
|September||18||29||13||Good period to go|
|October||14||25||25||Good period to go|
|November||9,5||21||55,5||Not the best period to go|
|December||7||18||45||Not the best period to go|
The Ahmed Ben Bella International airport is 12 kilometres south of Oran.
In Oran, tramway is the celebrity. It is the most reliable and efficient way to get around the city.
Driving around town may be a difficult experience: lack of signage in some neighbourhoods, heavy traffic during rush hour, shortage of parking spaces… We advise you not to use a car to get around in Oran.
Oran's new tramway line opened in 2013. It crosses the city from east to west and stops at several of Oran's main points of interest. It is operated every day from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with one train every 4 minutes during rush hour. Tickets are DZD 40. You can buy them at the automated machines in every station or in the tramway.
Taxis are a good way to navigate the city of Oran, even though you have to consider the dense traffic. Be careful and do not hop into non-official taxis. Taxis in Oran must be yellow and bear a “taxi” sign. The fare must not exceed DZD 20 per kilometre.
Once you arrive in Oran, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.Office du tourisme d'Oran
Address: 4 rue Mohamed-Khemisti Oran Algérie
Telephone: + 213 41 27 78 61
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Oran counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
Obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis is recommended
Typhoid, hepatitis A and B are also recommended.
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
by phone: +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00Water
It is recommended to drink water from sealed bottles.
As a French citizen, you need to obtain a visa if you will be staying in Algeria. The request should be addressed to the Algerian consulate.
To travel serenely in Oran and Algeria, follow the travel advice of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Here are a few useful phrases in Arabic for your stay in Oran:
Good morning: Assalam alaykom / Sabahu Alkhair
Good afternoon: Masa'u Alkhair
Good evening: Masa' alkhir
Good bye: Iilaa alliqa
No thank you: La shukraan
Thank you very much: Shukraan
I don't understand: La ‘afhum
Could you repeat please?: Karrar
Please: Min fadlik
What time is it?: Kam alssaea
Excuse me: Asif
Railway station: Mahatt
I am (…): Ana (…)
I am looking for (…): Abhath (…)
How much is (…)?: Kam tukallif
Do you have (…)?: Ladayk
Where can I find (…)?: Ayn hu (…)
Where can I buy (…)?: Ayn yumkinuni shira (…)
I would like (…): Awadd (…)
Tipping is not necessarily required, although always appreciated if you are satisfied with the service. You may leave a tip in restaurants and hotels, for 10 to 15% of the bill.