This page is for the information we would have liked to have known! Bike
shops, routes, visa, internet access points, maps, receiving mail, sending mail
Getting to Algeria
Despite reports suggesting that there may be possibilities for crossing from
Morocco to Algeria according to the Algerian Consulates in France (both Nantes
and Montpellier) there are no official border crossings and we could only get visas for
Algeria by buying ferry tickets from Spain. There do not seem to be any no
problems for crossing from Algeria to Tunisia.
Ferry from Sete to Tanger
Euros per person Pullman class
Crossing Time: 36 Hours
Other facts: The line runs about 3 times a weeks. We requested the most economical seats but we still
thought this was a great deal for the price. To our surprise we found out meals were included.
The food was excellent and whilst there was no choice even as a vegetarian Stani
was full after every meal. Bottled water is also provided at mealtimes. Although
there is alcohol in the duty free it cannot be purchased until the final day of
the crossing. As you can buy (more expensively priced) drinks at the bar we
presumed this to be simply a case of the company not wanting to have to deal
with drunken passengers as opposed to any other law or regime. Shame as Richard
found a bargain for 5 Euros which we fancied the 2nd evening of our
Rare and despite their friendly attempts the information they could provide
was next to nothing. The information they gave was 90% of the time, inaccurate,
out of date or just plain wrong. We thought we were asking normal questions -
what tourist sites were there to see, where we could find a budget hotel, were
there ATM's, where was the route out of town etc!
We don't normally stay in YHA's due to the fact that we have found that they
are normally more expensive than a double room in a cheap hotel. But there are
many Youth Hostels in Algeria and they are the deal of the century at 100 / 120
DH per person. Unfortunately you may never get in! They are normally booked out
to school sports teams. Also although many are 0fficially part of the
International Youth Hostel organisation they are "reserved" for the old,
homeless, refugees etc. Few have hot water facilities or even a shower. Some
will insist you have a YHA membership card, others won't. As a couple we were
normally given a separate room to ourselves but sometimes only single sex dorms
were available. At Mostagen (where they were very unfriendly and hostile to us)
we were asked to prove we were married. Initially we were turned away with the
explanation that the hostel was booked out with a school football team. Luckily
in town we met a friendly policeman and he called them so we were permitted to
put our tent in the Salle de Reunion. The next day someone else pulled a few
strings for us and a room was found. But in our 2 days there we never saw or
heard a single schoolchild football player - nor did any of the other guests
The other major disadvantage is that they are often far out of town and
normally in a pretty dodgy area.
Here in brief is our experience of the different YHA's we stayed at:
Tourist office gave us the wrong address - the YHA had moved to the other end
Full when we arrived but told us to hang around - they wanted to see if they
could find something for us - eventually a room was found.
Breakfast not included but a free breakfast was provided as a friendly
see notes above.
entjernejska Cesta 7
8000 Novo Mesto
Tel./Fax: + 386 (0) 7/337-9800
Mob.: + 386 (0) 41/633-558
Not terribly friendly but a very good stock of most things you'd need.
Bike Shops - Rome Lazzaretti's www.ciclilazzaretti.it
Open since 1916 these guys have just about everything you'd need.
Professional is an understatement for their service and friendly too (when they have the time!)
Bike Shops - Vienna Ciclopedia,
Stiegengasse 20, A-1060, Wien. Tel: +43 1 586 76 33 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.We only visited one bike shop in Vienna but we've decided it must be the best! Not only a very good range of products (though not the Schwalbe tires we were looking for)
but they were exceptionally friendly and helpful. They offered to order in (3 days expected delivery date) the things we wanted that they didn't have. Very informative about the products they
stocked. 100% for customer service which at the end of the day is the most important.
Cooperative Fahrrad at Gumpendorferstrasse No 111
in the 6th district. Recommended to us
by a good source but we never visited them.
Bookshops and Maps - Vienna Freytag & Berndt, 1, Kohlmarkt 9; U-Bahn Stephansplatz. Not only every Freytag & Berndt map under the sun but
also other brands, guidebooks, cycling/hiking books, maps etc. for
worldwide destinations - many in English too. Fríck, Kärntner Straße 30, 1010 Wien. Tel: (01) 513 73 64, Fax: (01) 513 73 64 85,
Good selection of guidebooks in English and French as well as maps. - Generally
Most tourist information offices will have very
good local cycling maps which are worth getting.
Internet - Bad Radkersburg Only at library - Bücherei (near the school - Borg) on the road
between Neubaustraße and Bardthold Stürgkh Straße. 0.80 per 20 minutes. - Vienna Contrary to what the tourist information office said (very
unfriendly & unhelpful), it can't be found at MacDonald's! Starbucks
will give you a 30min voucher for wifi laptops with every purchase.
Bike Shops - Freiburg Extratour Gmbh, Schwabentorring 12, 79098 Freiburg. Tel: 07 61/28
67 33 Fax: 07 61/28 67 34
www.extratour-freiburg.de. Can't praise this shop highly enough
- the shop is a paradise for cyclists and the staff incredibly helpful