Algeria is a country located at the tip of North Africa, just a short ferry ride or flight away from mainland Europe. A population of 39 million people makes it one of the most populous countries in the Arab world, while also being the largest. This is a country steeped in thousands of years of history, permeated by generations of European and African influence. Algeria has an expansive Mediterranean coastline, but is also home to much of the Sahara Desert.
Dating An Algerian Girl
The bloodlines in Algeria have been heavily influenced by the presence of Turkish, Arabic, Roman and French colonists over the last few hundred years. Algeria women are undoubtedly beautiful, but are also hot-blooded, with bodies to match.
Never underestimate the fire in the heart of any Arabic woman, and her passion for the people she truly loves. This includes her entire family, and you, if you’re lucky. If you need a visual on what the prettier girls in Algeria look like then take a look at Amina Kaddur - she's a supermodel with a face that could stop a freight train dead in its tracks.
Algeria is obviously a Muslim country, which means that most of the women here are pretty conservative in how they approach life, and the world of dating. Most men look on conservative women as being too much like hard work, but it's worth remembering that a conservative woman doesn't believe in cheating on her boyfriend/husband. That means you can depend on her loyalty for decades to come.
Online dating is very popular with Algerian girls, so that's a great place for you to start. We've included a list of online dating sites you can trust towards the end of this article. Our main recommendation here is that you spend time on Algerian dating sites, so you at least have a few dates lined up before you land here.
A lot of middle class Algerian girls will spend at least a little time studying in Europe (usually Paris), so they are far more liberal than girls who have never traveled outside the country. There are millions of single girls in Algeria who have absolutely no interest in marrying a North African Muslim man, so spend your time here in cafes and nightclubs gathering mobile phone numbers. Just remember you need to be very subtle when you're doing this.
The official language of Algeria is Modern Standard Arabic, but just like every other country which has MSA as its official language it's really only taught in schools. If you want to be able to chat to Algerian girls you'll need to learn either Darja (Algerian Arabic), or take some French lessons instead.
Algeria was heavily influenced by France, right up to the 1950s, and the habit of teaching French in schools here never changed. Learning to speak conversational French is also a whole lot easier than even attempting to speak semi-fluent Arabic.
If you're determined to learn Arabic then you can start off with some really basic phrases, such as:
- Salam alaikum — Hello
- Shukran — Thank you
- Besslama - Goodbye
- Sabah al khair - Good morning
Being able to speak some Algerian Arabic will definitely stand to you when breaking the ice with girls here, but it's not an absolute necessity.
Marrying An Algerian Girl
Islam is the official religion of Algeria, and just like every other Muslim country the religion of Islam does not allow Muslim girls to marry foreign men. If you choose to convert to Islam there's a good chance her family will allow you to marry their daughter, but that’s not always guaranteed. If you want to marry her without converting to Islam, then you'll both need to move to another country and pretend you're not married - her family can never know.
There are also tens of thousands of Christians in Algeria, with many Muslims converting to Christianity in the last few decades. Dating and marrying a girl from an Algerian Christian family has absolutely no religious strings attached i.e. you won't have to convert to Christianity. Basically religion doesn’t need to be a barrier to marriage in Algeria.
Remember that the lifestyle you can offer an Algerian girl far exceeds anything she can hope to have in her home country. Plus, with many of the upper and middleclass Algerian girls visiting Paris as part of their education, you won't have to work very hard to find an Algerian beauty willing to become your girlfriend.
You're obviously flying to Algeria to meet the Arabic woman of your dreams, but the country itself is fascinating too. It's an interesting blend of French colonial architecture, mixed together with influences from the ancient Roman Empire, among others.
Each city in Algeria is that little bit different to the rest, but to help you along on your dating journey we've listed some of the main cities here, along with information on the best places to meet girls.
Obviously you'll make your life a lot easier if you've done some online dating before you get here, because at least that way you can focus on getting to know the girl, instead of spending most of your time trying to organize first dates.
Algiers, as you probably figured out, is the capital of Algeria, and with 3 million people living there you have plenty of dating opportunities. It's a beautiful city, with lots of parks to enjoy and the Bay of Algiers has its own kind of magic. When the sun goes down you can keep your day entertained in some of the many great bars here, with venues like La Stresa, L'olivier, and Le Tala Mely coming at the top of our list of places to eat and drink in.
If you want to get your date on the dance floor then check out the discos at the Sheraton, or the Hotel El Djazair, and you definitely want to check out the Havana Club. Just remember that alcoholic drinks are insanely expensive wherever you can buy them.
This city is often referred to as the "second Paris" because of the dozens of French colonial buildings here. If you're looking for a party atmosphere then Oran has that by the bucket load. There are some fantastic beaches for you to spend the day on, and then later that evening you can visit one of the many nightclubs in the city.
Most of the fun is to be had in the La Corniche area of Oran, where you'll find the best nightclubs and DJs. Get local advice on visiting some of the "alternative" clubs in La Corniche - some of them are nothing more than brothels with a bar in them. If you want an amazing meal you should check out Restaurant Les Gazelles - expensive but worth every Dinar.
The beaches here are nothing short of amazing, and are the perfect places to take your date if she's not already familiar with them. Annaba is another Algerian city soaked in French influences, and is one of the most picturesque cities in Algeria. You'll have to do some investigating to find hotel bars where you can buy a drink though. One of the very best restaurants to bring your date to is La Renaissance - a cozy feel combined with fantastic food.
Foreigners will feel right at home in Mostaganem because there are usually plenty of tourists here. The immediate benefit is that most of the locals will speak far better English as a result of the tourists. You'll need to be more creative in organizing your date in Mostaganem because of the lack of bars and nightclubs - you can't just fall back on them as the easy way out.
The currency of Algeria is the Dinar, and the exchange rate for it is approximately US$1 for 100 Dinar (DZD). There are plenty of ATMs dotted around the country, but they don't always accept foreign credit cards. Any ATM in a post office or bank should, however, accept a major credit card, and 5-star hotels should also have no issue with accepting a credit card.
Algeria is the only country we've featured so far in our guides where we'll recommend that you bring plenty of cash with you to avoid situations where a business, or ATM, refuses to accept your card.
Algeria has a remarkably low cost of living, and the same applies to visitors and tourists to the country. A budget of $50 per day will cover a very basic hotel, and a cheap meal for you. If you can stretch your budget to $100 per day you can afford a far nicer hotel room, beers, taxis and a two-course meal. If your daily budget is more than $300 you can live like a king, sleeping in the best hotels in the region. It even includes being driven around the city by your very own driver.
You might have noticed a trend with North African countries in that many of them won't allow Israeli citizens across their borders, and the exact same is true of Algeria. Not only that but anyone who has even visited Israel in the last few months may find it difficult to gain entry to Algeria.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after you arrive here, and anyone visiting on a tourist/guest visa will need to provide a copy of their travel itinerary (what flights you took), and also proof of a hotel reservation in the country.
Despite the potential for complications with visa applications, actually getting to Algeria is a straightforward process. Almost all of the major European airlines have flights to and from the country on a regular basis, and there are even direct flights from the United States, Canada and China, although most travelers prefer to get a connecting flight from London because it's a lot cheaper than flying direct. Aer Algerie, Algeria's national airline, operates flights to most major European airports, as well as destinations in North America and throughout Africa.
Shop around when you're purchasing flights to Algeria - if you're willing to take a connecting flight from London or Madrid you could save yourself quite a bit of money.
There are certain regions of the country where you should not travel alone, specifically the parts of Algeria bordering with Libya or Mali. The larger cities are absolutely safe, although you should try to fly between cities instead of driving long distance - you're painting a bullseye on yourself by driving cross-country here. Ask local policemen if you're in doubt as to how safe an area might be, and also avoid traveling during the night.
Alcohol is widely available in Algeria, even though it's a Muslim country, but when you're drinking alcohol please only do it in bars or restaurants that are licensed to sell it. You probably won't find alcohol listed on the menus of restaurants, so you'll need to ask for it. Never, ever drink alcohol in public places. You should also avoid smoking in the presence of a non-smoker as it's considered very rude to do that without asking permission first.
Avoid drinking tap water at all costs, and this includes in bars or restaurants. Only ever use bottled water, and check that the seal on the bottle is intact before drinking any of the contents - even a mouthful could make you ill for several days. The good news is that the quality of the bottled water in Algeria is excellent.
Avoid any and all contact with prostitutes - the punishments for the girls, or their "John", are far more severe than almost anywhere else on the planet.
We did mention that you should bring cash with you to Algeria to avoid the hassles of your credit card being refused in certain cities, but you do also need to practice a lot of common sense if you're carrying large quantities of cash around with you.
Best Algerian Dating Sites
Algeria is a land of contrasts in many ways, from the searing heat of The Sahara Desert, to the lush beaches in the north of the country. It's also a country rich in dating opportunities for men who are looking for a dating adventure that lies off the beaten track.
Algerian women embody everything that's beautiful in Arabic women, making ideal girlfriends and wives because they are not only utterly beautiful, but utterly loyal too. You also have the advantage that most Algerian women are looking for a better quality of married life, which is something they're not likely to find with an Algerian man.