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Kasbah of Algiers

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Address: Algiers, Algeria
Description: The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and...
The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and old citadel.
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The only Authentic Casbah I've been to

I was fortunate to visit the Casbah twice, once the lower Casbah and the second time the upper Casbah both times with friends who knew the place well. Algiers' casbah is still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Taipei, Taiwan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was fortunate to visit the Casbah twice, once the lower Casbah and the second time the upper Casbah both times with friends who knew the place well. Algiers' casbah is still recovering from its isolation and bad reputation of the Algerian civil war. So the first time I visited with my Taiwanese wife I had some apprehensions. These quickly... More 

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Algiers, Alger, Algeria
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Alger la Blanche ("Algiers the White") for the glistening white of its buildings as seen rising up from the sea, Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the... More 

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Vermont
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Kasbah is enormously interesting, but do not visit without a guide, it is complicated, and despite the great kindness of Algerians the Kasbah it is necessary to visit with great care. Many of the buildings are in disrepair, though quite lovely in an aged beauty, but again the paths are precarious. be careful Also, please, please, if you visit, visit... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Would think this is a must if visiting Algiers. If you don't hire a guide you might not think much of it, but our guide made our trip. We got in touch with him through our hotel, and he was great (Said Shitour, said.shitour@licos.com), hope doesn't mind the the plug. He introduced us to artisans in their shops, their homes,... More 

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San Diego
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was a cross between a swap meet, garage sale and some back alley deals. Enjoyed the one in Tunis much better. This was far to commercial and the vendors way to pushy. How many times does a guy need to say "NO, I don't want to buy a bra, much less 5 of them!".

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Algiers, Algeria - was an eye opening experience. I had my reservations but it turned out to be quite an eye opening city to visit. I stayed in a BnB in the middle of the city, close to the Grand Post which was one of the attractions. The city is very mixed and had very distinct French influence but set... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The image of the Casbah evokes mystery and romance, but the reality is a let-down. It has none of the swirl or exoticism one finds in, say, the old medina and souq in Fez. Shops sell the banal necessities of everyday life. Even the mosques down the hillside, supposedly Algiers' most important sights, are relatively undistinguished. The route I wandered... More 

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Dublin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Took a day trip from Benalmadena. A loooooong day! Delighted to have seen and experienced the kasbah/medina but the organised tours feed you to the wolves with hagglers and hard sellers. Nevertheless, as a solo female traveller I would not recommend you go on your own.

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Grandvaux, Switzerland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you made it to Algiers then you have to go and check it out. Definitely with an experienced tour guide or you will miss everything. A lot of history going on here!

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Algiers
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Best to have a guide. Even though security has improved tremendously in recent years, it's best to have a local with you. Inside the Casbah, check out the Islamic Calligraphy museum. Doesn't matter if you've no interest in it because it gives you rare access to a former palace. Don't ever miss the Sidi Abdelrahman mausoleum. It's the Sufi heart... More 

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