Oran Things to Do

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    very impressive old Sinagogue
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    Expelled the French catholics in 1962
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    Old Kasbah

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 17, 2014
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    The Kasbah in Oran perhaps is not so nice like the one in Algiers. It is not a Patrimony of the Humankind like the Algiers one. But if you are in Oran it should be a pity if you do not visit it.
    Do not go during the night! Everybody advised me to go only when daylight. And I followed the advise.
    The first thing that you will notice is the lack of cleaness (the same in the Kasbah of Algiers) but you will find interesting old churches (abandonned) and old mosques plus street market and folkloric people dressed with turbans and women with chador covering their faces.

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    Gare d'Oran

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 17, 2014
    Gare d'Oran

    It is a nice building, looking like a mosque. Even if you do not travel by train into Algeria it is interesting to have a llok at their railway station. This one in Oran plus the one in Annaba are beautiful

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    Old Sinagogue

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 17, 2014
    very impressive old Sinagogue

    Jewish in Oran date from the end of the XIV century, and migrated from Mallorca. Then, after Inquisition was stablished also in Spain, the remaining spanish Jews were expelled (as previoulsy had done French and English from their countries), so many left to Oran. But when Algeria got independance from the French (1962) they all, 100 per cent, were expelled from the new country Algeria. Even now Israeli people are not allowed to enter Algeria.
    Then the Algerian made in 1975 the sinagogue of Oran into a mosque.

    I strongly advise you to visit the sinagogue (now mosque).

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    Spanish vestiges

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 13, 2014
    I found the Spanish coat

    Apart from the Spanish fortress Santa Cruz, the bull ring and churches, there are some other Spanish rests in Oran. One of them is the Spanish coat of arms. You have to ask the local people in the Kasbah to find it. I was surprised, it had belonged to Charles V, since there was the Toisson de Oror but not the symbols of Portugal (his son Felipe II ruyled Portugal together with Spain).

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    Les Falaises - The Cliffs

    by shems71 Written Jun 12, 2012

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    The Eastern part of Oran Seaside is dominated by the cliffs, bordered by the nice towns of Canastel & Krystel.

    This part of the city is experiencing a total regeneration and has become the modern part of Oran, with towers growing, luxury hotels & residences being constructed. It offers great views to the bright sea as well as the city and the whole bay.

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    Stunning view from the Murdjajo Hill & Santa Cruz

    by shems71 Written Jun 11, 2012

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    On top of the Murdjajo hill, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city of Oran or the gorgeous Corniche and coast on the other side. After climbing whether by cab or using the safe & renewed Téléphérique, you reach the top of this cliff/hill where was built the Spanish church of Santa cruz, a beautiful white church dating back from the 16th century. And above can be found the impressive Fort of Santa Cruz that seems to keep an eye and protect the whole bay.

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    THE SIGNS OF ALCOHOLISM !

    by DAO Written Dec 30, 2011

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    OK, I meant the signs for Alcoholics! All bars, liquor stores and restaurants serving alcohol seem to have a common sign outside – the Stella Artois Beer sign. Virtually all of them display this proud symbol. Don’t worry – every place I saw sold a full range and brands of beers, wines and spirits. Many bars have no names in Algeria and have intimidating gates. Don’t worry! It’s just to preserve modesty and not offend any devout person walking by. Just take a coin and rap on the metal gate. If they are open, the gate will open. All bars come with smoke and smoking as standard. Women (tourists) are welcome.

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    Le Front de Mer - Seafront

    by shems71 Written Mar 22, 2011

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    Oran is gifted with a beautiful sea shore, constructed during the French period and inspired from Nice seafront. It consists of a long boulevard with elegant buildings being renovated (like the whole city that has lacked of maintenance for a long time), full of cafés, restaurants, ice creams spots and offering a splendid view on the sea, the harbour, Santa Cruz and the cliffs ("les Falaises"). It is full of people day and night. It has been renamed "Boulevard de l'ALN" after the independence but it is still called "Front de Mer" by the population.

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    the Mediterranean spirit

    by riad Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    definitly a laid back mediterranean atmosphere reigns in this city... all that people seem to do "for a living" is chill-laxing! still, like other peoples of the region, they can get pretty tense and so "straight in your face" that it can hurt... heeey, well they say "the truth hurts"!

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    Hassan Basha Mosque

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 17, 2014
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    Mosque du Pacha is a XVIII century mosque in the way on foot from the downtown to the Cornise and souk. You can't miss it. There is a sign at the entrance.

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    Bull ring

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 12, 2014

    It is in downtown. It will be closed by the external view is like in Spain. But they do not kill bulls anymore. That was during the French rule.

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    Sea Oran's port

    by maryamy Written Jul 20, 2003
    Oran port

    As a major city (second in Algeria), Oran has a large port. It's interesting to watch the boats and hussle and bustle there.

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    Look at the pretty buildings

    by maryamy Written Jul 20, 2003

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    Oran architecture

    Although some are in need of TLC, the architecture remains interesting and pretty. Oran was once the playground of the Spaniards, that's for sure.

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