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Oran's old town Unveiled: A Historic Stroll Through Sidi El Houari

Duration: 3h
Languages: English, French
Guru: Redouane
Registered on August 05, 2023

I'm Redouane, residing in the vibrant city of Oran, Algeria, where I've proudly served as a local tourist guide for over two enriching years. My passion for connecting with diverse cultures, people, and exploring captivating destinations has been the driving force behind my journey in this industry. My expertise primarily revolves around the magnificent western regions of Algeria, with a focus on iconic cities such as Oran, Tlemcen, Sidi Bel Abbes, Ain Sefra, Taghit, Beni Abbas, and the enchanting oasis town of Timimoun. These areas are not only steeped in history but also boast unique landscapes, making them an exceptional playground for any traveler seeking authentic experiences. I take great pride in being a sociable individual, always eager to forge meaningful connections with my clients, ensuring they have an unforgettable and immersive adventure. Whether it's unraveling the historical mysteries of Tlemcen's ancient architecture, marveling at the breathtaking beauty of Timimoun's desert dunes, or savoring the rich culture of Oran, I am committed to crafting unforgettable memories for those who entrust me with their journey. Algeria's western treasures await, and I am here to guide you through this captivating tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. Let's embark on a journey together, where every moment is a new discovery and every destination is an opportunity to create lasting memories.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

 🌟 Step into the Enchanting Tapestry of Oran's History: A Guided Tour of Sidi El Houari 🌟

Welcome, dear adventurers, to a journey through time and culture that you will cherish forever! Are you ready to uncover the secrets of Oran's Old Town, known as Sidi El Houari? This is no ordinary tour; it's a captivating story waiting to be told.

  • Our tale begins at the Bey's Palace, a magnificent structure dating back to 1792. Imagine Ottoman elegance adorning a Spanish fortress, offering not just architecture but also panoramic views of the old town. As we stand here, you'll feel the echoes of history whispering to you.
  • Next, we'll visit the Pacha's Mosque, a jewel of Ottoman heritage built in 1796. Marvel at its unique minaret, unlike any in the region. Here, you'll discover the spiritual heart of Oran, where faith and history intertwine.
  • The journey continues to Letang Garden, the very first public garden in Oran. With four floors and a 2 km walking path, it's a botanical paradise. Explore plant species from around the world and take in breathtaking views of the harbor, a tranquil escape in the heart of the city.
  • Republique Square, with its lively atmosphere, fish restaurants, and French architecture, welcomes us next. The old town hall stands as a testament to the city's rich past. Here, you'll sense the fusion of cultures that make Oran unique.
  • At Kléber Square, we'll walk in the footsteps of Napoleon III, who once stayed in a local hotel. This square is the gateway to the old Spanish citadel and Oran's Point 0, a symbolic center of the city. It's where history converges.
  • Saint Luis Cathedral, Oran's first cathedral, is a living testament to the coexistence of the three Abrahamic religions. Inside, you'll find a piece of history and a profound sense of unity.
  • Pearl Square, our next destination, is the heart of the old Spanish town. The Pearl Mosque and centuries-old Spanish inscriptions (dating back to 1773) will transport you to another era, with tales yet to be fully unraveled.
  • Our journey ends at the Mausoleum of Sid El Houari, a revered saint and influential figure in the city's history. It's a place of serenity and reflection, where the spirit of Oran resides.

As we bid farewell at the Gate of Spain, which leads to the Casbah (the Old Castle of Oran), you'll sense the enigmatic charm that lingers in this historic town.

But wait, there's more! We'll also explore the Tambour Sanit Jose, an entrance to an underground system of tunnels that link the 22 forts of Oran. This hidden labyrinth carries the stories of Oran's defenses, a secret world beneath your feet. 

 Join us on this enchanting voyage through Oran's Old Town, where cultures converge, history speaks, and mysteries await your discovery. Book your place now and become part of this captivating narrative!

📢 Hurry, adventurers! Oran's secrets are calling, and we can't wait to share them with you. Reserve your spot today for a tour like no other, an adventure you'll cherish forever! 🌍🗺️🔍 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Place Premier November 1954, Oran, Al...
    Place Premier November 1954, Oran, Algeria
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    1. I will be by the two statues of lions on the stairs of the townhall 2. I always carry a satchel bag and I wear rouned glasses

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    Place Premier November 1954
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    Palais du Bey
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    Mosquée du Pacha
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    Promenade De Létang
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    Place de la République
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    Place Kléber
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    hopital baudens
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    Eglise Saint Louis
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    Place de la Perle
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    Tambour st José

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Prajeet 17 May 2024
Sulzbach-Rosenberg

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Had an amazing tour with Redouane. He’s very knowledgeable and I had a really fun time walking around Oran with him . Would definitely recommend his tour if you’re visiting Oran .
Jerome 02 May 2024
Paris

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Meilleur guide pour une visite de Oran. On recommande vivement !
Javier 01 May 2024
Soto de la Marina

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
El tour fue súper interesante y Redouane lo hizo tremendamente completo. 100% recomendable para conocer Orán.
Eddie 30 Apr 2024
Marseille

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Très bon guide jeune sympa et professionnel, s'adapte au visiteur. Je recommande vivement ! Un bel avenir pour ce jeune homme je pense profitez en tant qu'il est encore disponible
Leena 19 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Our time with Redouane was outstanding. He expertly guided us through Oran, unveiling its charms while we engaged in interesting conversations. Redouane's generosity, knowledge, and infectious energy made the experience unforgettable. We're already looking forward to our next visit and another adventure with him, inshaAllah!
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Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

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Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
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