Oran in Algeria is inhabited by around 650,000 people.
Oran is located 170 miles (274 kilometers) southeast of Granada and about 220 miles (354 kilometers) west of Algiers, the national capital.
Visit Oran’s historic defenses and forts to learn more about the city’s sometimes turbulent past. Despite its rather formidable exterior, the Santa Cruz Fort is nowadays a tranquil place, perfect for reflecting on the fortitude of this city’s past citizens.
You can never truly understand a place until you know its story; luckily Oran has carefully preserved the Palais de la Culture, one of the area’s most significant heritage sites. Spend some time visiting this site and also other historic places for a better understanding of the events that shaped this city.
Broaden your horizons in Oran when you visit the Demaeght Museum. Take a self-guided tour, see the highlights, then ask around to discover some of the more eclectic museums in the vicinity.
Popular Place du 1er Novembre is the ideal location to rest those weary feet and take a break from shopping and sightseeing in Oran. Take a few photographs for the folks at home and spend a hour people watching before exploring the surrounding sights.
Before you leave Oran, do make the effort to see the Cathedrale de Sacre Coeur and the Great Synagogue of Oran; two of the sights which help make this city such a great vacation choice.