Tour of Alger's Casbah Area, Alger (Self Guided)

Alger's Casbah, or citadel, once surrounded a majority of the city, protecting it from attack. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casbah District charms with its narrow streets, bustling markets, winding stairs and historic mosques. Take this tour to visit a fascinating section of Alger and to learn about Algerian history.
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Tour of Alger's Casbah Area Map

Guide Name: Tour of Alger's Casbah Area
Guide Location: Algeria » Alger (See other walking tours in Alger)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: Cathy
Place of the Martyrs

1) Place of the Martyrs

The Place of the Martyrs is situated on an area of about one thousand square meters. When Algeria was under French occupation, the name of the site was the Place of the Government. In the 1990s, the Place of the Martyrs served as a theater and concert area, as well as a venue for football. A pavilion called Kisoque a Musqiue sits at the center of the Place of the Martyrs. It once hosted diverse concerts organized by Algerian musicians. The Place of the Martyrs constituted the center of Alger for a significant period of the city's history.
Statue du Raïs Hamidou

2) Statue du Raïs Hamidou

Raïs Hamidou was a famous corsair and hero of the 13th century. Many legends and stories exist about this dashing figure. Hemidou became well known mostly due to Albert Devoloux, who wrote about his exploits. Redha Chikh Bled, a well-known painter and sculptor, created the sculpture of Hamidou. In 1987 it was installed in the Parc de Bab el Oued in old Casbah.
Emir Abdelkader Lyceum

3) Emir Abdelkader Lyceum

Emir Abdelkader Lyceum is the new name of the Bugeaud d'Alger. It is also known as the Grand Lyceum, due to its imposing size. The building was constructed between 1862 and 1868 with the goal of replacing the secondary school in Bab Azzoun, which was too crowded. The architects who worked on the project were Claudel and Giauchain. Emir Abdelkader Lyceum is known not just for its architecture but for the famous scientists, writers and teachers who once studied here.
Sidi Abderrahmane Mausoleum

4) Sidi Abderrahmane Mausoleum (must see)

Sidi Abderrahmane is a mosque and mausoleum named after the city's patron saint. The main building was constructed in 1627, and the mosque where locals pray was added in 1696. The mosque also has a small graveyard, where some very notable people are buried, including Sidi Abderrahmane himself. The chandeliers decorating the interior were a gift from Queen Victoria of Great Britain.
Sidi Ramdane

5) Sidi Ramdane

Sidi Ramdane, built in the 11th century, is one of Alger's most ancient mosques. Because of its location and importance to the citadel, it is also called the Mosque of the Old Casbah. The building is very similar to the Djamaa el-Kebir mosque, which is located in the Place of Martyrs. The mosque was once on the verge of collapse, but fortunately the city provided the funds to restore it. Today it is a treasured site for the residents of Alger.
Surrounding Wall of the Casbah

6) Surrounding Wall of the Casbah (must see)

The present wall is just a small piece of the massive original wall that surrounded the city. The wall was built so that local inhabitants would remain safe from attacks by English, Spanish and French warriors. It was raised by the Barberousse brothers, and the project was finished in 1542. The wall protected an area of seventy hectares and reached a height of eleven to thirteen meters. The locals are very fond of the remaining wall and treasure it as a symbol of freedom.
Djamaa el Barani

7) Djamaa el Barani

Djamaa el Barani is a mosque located at the entrance of the Palais du Dey. The building was funded and built by dey Ali Khodja between 1817 and 1818. It was transformed into a church called Sainte Croix during the French occupation. After independence, along with other churches in Alger, it returned to serving as a mosque. Today Djamaa el Barani is the most popular Casbah mosque for tourists, due to its storied history.

Walking Tours in Alger, Algeria

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Creating your own self-guided walk in Alger is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour of Alger

Museums Tour of Alger

Alger, as the capital of Algeria, has always been exposed to international influences and ideas. This international flavor is evident in the city's museums. The museums also do a fabulous job of portraying Algerian traditions and character. Take this tour to experience Alger's museums that excel at illuminating the old and the new, the foreign and the local.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Shopping Tour of Alger

Shopping Tour of Alger

Alger is a great city for shopping. Visit its old-fashioned street markets and small boutiques that sell the most diverse and colorful products, including everything from food to antique tableware and jewelry. The Algerian spirit is evident in shops all over the city. The exotic scent of condiments and the bright colors of local fruit are just some of the experiences that will delight your senses...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Architectural Tour of Alger

Architectural Tour of Alger

Alger is a treasure trove of beautifully designed buildings. Structures with vastly different architectural styles sit side by side in harmony with their surroundings. Take this tour and explore Alger's history as reflected in its architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Places of Worship Tour of Alger

Places of Worship Tour of Alger

Alger is a highly religious city, which is reflected in the numerous mosques and other religious structures lining the streets. Most places of worship in Alger have a rich history and can provide you with a wealth of information regarding Algerian faith. Take this tour to visit some of Alger's most historic and fascinating places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts, though not centrally located, are home to some of the most popular monuments in the city. Here you can visit the Monument of Martyrs, the Garden d'Essai and the Zoological Garden among other must-see landmarks. Take this tour to discover the highlights of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Alger for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Alger has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Alger, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.