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Kasbah of Algiers

Algiers, Algeria
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Ranked #5 of 27 Attractions in Algiers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and old citadel.
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Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and old citadel.
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Tempe, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Algiers, Algeria
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great cultural experience, a clear must see. Awesome views of the city, good tea and sweet goodies with some wonderful history. Get a guide, Tis Abderrahim local from Kasbah was great and did a solid job of showing us his world in half a day. He followed up with photos and some personal treats of local fruit & snacks the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

One of the most interesting places. But be careful. You can get lost easily. A local should help you. It is little dirty and smells bad in some areas but it is worth to walk along those very narrow streets.

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Tucson, Arizona
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A tour of the Kasbah in Old Algiers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Walking through narrow passageways where Algerians still live in residences some of which are hundreds of years old, is a trip not to be missed! We needed a tour guide to explain all of the history of this place. It is also recommended that, for your safety, you... More 

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