The attitude towards visitors taking photographs has relaxed, but photographing ports or industrial sites may cause difficulties and photographing military objects will certainly do so. As most Algerian ports arc in bigger cities, objections on religious grounds to taking pictures of people in the vicinity is not as common as it is in the country.
The Algerians are more conservative than their neighbours. Perhaps this is clue to the years of war, first against French domination and then the internal strife that has wrecked the country for many years. Much of the bureaucracy originates from the time of French rule and French is the main language spoken in the larger towns and cities. Algeria is broadly split between Arabs and Kabyles, the latter being Berber descendants of the original inhabitants of the land from before the Islamic conquest in C7th. The Kabylics retain their own identity and language that distinguishes them from Arab Algerians. Despite attempts over many years to integrate them, they remain defiantly independent. The ports of Bejai'a and Annaba are in the Kabylie regions.
One of the pleasant aspects of cruising in Algeria is that it is easy to meet very friendly Algerians who may go far out of their way to please the visitor. Returning the favour by inviting them on board may cause problems with the authorities, as Algerians are officially not allowed on board a foreign yacht. This rule is interpreted with varying stringency and it is best to check with the local police before making an invitation. This rule applies throughout North Africa.
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