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