Oran is a major city on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of Algeria, and the second largest city of the country. It is a major port and commercial, industrial and educational centre of western Algeria.
Oran's beautiful sea shore, constructed under French rule, was inspired by Nice's seafront. It consists of a long boulevard lined with cafés, restaurants, and ice cream shops. The boulevard also offers a splendid view of the sea, the harbour, Santa Cruz and the cliffs ("les Falaises").
Tourists will also find a variety of cinemas, arts centres, the regional theatre, an open-air theatre, the Museum, the historic city centre of Oran, the district of Sidi El Houari, the municipal gardens, Médina Djedida with its artisanal products, the cathedral, Djebel Murdjadjo, and nearby seaside resorts.
Things to See & Do
* Historic city centre
* The district of Sidi El Houari
* Buy artworks from the Médina Djedida
* Waterfront area
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Algerian dinar (DZD)
Language – Berber
Population – 800,000 approx
Land Area – 2,121 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 213
Port Location – The port of Oran is located approximately 1km from the city centre.
Transport Links – Oran Es Sénia Airport while not as large as Algiers' airport, it is still serviced by several international airlines.
Oran is at the western terminus of the Algerian rail network, there is a line continuing towards [Marocco]] but it has been closed for decades due to political conflicts. Trains from the capital Algiers are plentiful however with several services daily.