Oran Travel Guide

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Oran Highlights

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     Not stuffy like most big cities. 

  • Con
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    riad says…

     patriarchy, sometimes dirty, ***ty service 

  • In a nutshell
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     I cannot wait to go back! 

Oran Things to Do

  • Les Falaises - The Cliffs

    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...

  • Stunning view from the Murdjajo Hill &...

    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...


    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...

  • Le Front de Mer - Seafront

    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...

  • the Mediterranean spirit

    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"!

  • Sea Oran's 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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Oran Restaurants


    You need to get here a bit early - when they say fresh fish - they mean fresh fish. They are also busy. Because the fish is so good! It really pays to speak French here to explain how you want your fish prepared. I didn't, but I had a wonderful meal. This a very family oriented restaurant as well. They do not serve alcohol, but have plenty of soft...

  • Fresh SeaFood

    all sorts of "fast food" pizza joints, shawarma, kebab, turkish sandwhich etc.etc. otherwise, again I repeat myself, to have a nice upscale experience, HEAD TO THE SHERATON and you will be in for a variety of delicious restaurants. Of course prices are similar to those in Western Countries in this location. Overall, it is a MUST to try seafood...

  • Great food all over the city!

    There are many local foods, best to eat in an established restruant. We found some food vendors on the avenues to have good food. The bakeries are top notch, as good as Paris. The local pizza resturants are very good. Not what you would typically find in the US.


Oran Nightlife

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    Want a cold beer? Or 6? This is the best beer store in Oran. OK, it was the only one I bought from, but they were great. It’s a small shop front just a few meters North-west of Place Boudani Hasni. These guys are great. In their small and busy shop they sell beer, wines and spirits. They have both imported alcohol and some good local Algerian...

  • North African Ibiza

    Oran's nightlife is among the most thriving in the continent. The city has always been the capital of Algeria's parties and music. All night long, plenty of nightclubs, bars and cabarets are opened and offer music, dance and partying in the city area seafront, called "La Corncihe" which runs from the city's "Front de Mer" to the neighbouring cities...

  • ALL NIGHT partying!

    At night, one must check out MUST check out the atmosphere at Ain-El-Turk beach. It is packed with energy, good vibes, good music, good food, nice scenes, interesting crowd. Around Ain El Turk there's a long-standing nightclub which recently overwent renovations, "The Sunhouse" and apparently it is a really nice place. I didnt check it out.THE best...


Oran Transportation

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    by riad Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    Flights between Europe and Algeria are just TOO COMMON! book it online, go to an agency etc.etc. Contrary to popular belief, the national company, is nice. People are just so full of prejudice and never give things a chance.
    Whose fault is it that there's always a few "redneck" passengers who are not used to planes and who will just sometimes make it an awful trip for every1 else!!!

    A Montreal-Algiers direct flight is on its' way and should be available within a few months (late 2006?)

    Otherwise the boat-ride from Spain or France to Algeria is also very convenient, pleasant, and very affordable.

    When in Oran, like in all big cities, the best is to have your own transportation. Otherwise, like you would in most developing nations, hire a driver.
    Taxis are just fine too, but the drivers can be very moody and random.. but still, not harmful!

    Within in Algeria, there's plenty of flights between various cities and regions; all are affordable (in western, and even in local, standards). The train is just fine as well.

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Oran Local Customs

  • Afternoon tea and Sweets.

    I have seen others comment on the mint tea, try this with the homemade sweets, what a great way to end the day. Late dinners are the norm, but the food is all great. Light dinners are better since you eat a large lunch and have tea around 5.

  • Eat cous cous

    It takes a little time to prepare, but it's lovely. The Algerian cous cous is not spicy, but more fruity than that of her neighbouring countries.The scarf is only to keep one's hair out of the food.

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Oran Warnings and Dangers

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    by riad Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    what warnings?! like in all other places in the world, there's pickpocketers, there's morons, there's corrupt police officers, there's shop-keepers who will try to rip you off... but thats LIFE my friends, get used to it!

    the main danger really is the reckless driving!!!!!!!! oooh and avoid tap water!! and don't try to show off too much because people are not receptive of that.. they'll diss you!haha

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Oran Tourist Traps

  • the usual negotiating tac tic

    WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY!? this is a developing nation... hence a price is never fixed, especially if you're buying souvenirs, traditional crafted items... of course that is if you're buying a few pieces.

  • Taxi's

    Watch the taxi drivers, some are good and others will cheat you. I have the benefit of being with someone who speaks the language and knows the culture. I could see getting taken advantage of if you don't speak French or Arabic. the funny thing is, they will pick up 4-5 differnt people even if you are not together. The great thing is, you can get...

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Oran What to Pack

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    by maryamy Updated Jul 20, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Large baggage to take back things you will buy.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bikini or shorts for men for warmer months. Waterproof for winters.

    Photo Equipment: Plenty of film or capacity in digital camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach towels, sandals and plenty of sun cream.

    Miscellaneous: Anti-insect lotions.

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Oran Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Santa Cruz

    This is a Spaish fort built in the 1600's on the highest point in Oran. It is an adventure to climb all over and see how the soldiers lived at that time. There is even a bar in the fort. When I go this time, I'll take some pictures I can load.

  • Go to Cap Blanc

    This beach is wonderful, although quite popular, it's still fun.The start of the sea has a shallow sandy area where kids can play, and a little further you start to have small reefs and lots of fish in the clear water. It is beautiful.I remember playing there as a kid, catching the fish in my red bucket!(Photo to come.)

  • Go to Madagh

    Some hour or so drive from Oran, this is a natural beach, with wonderful views on the way there. It's a little stoney, and you have to try to find the sandy bits, but it's wonderful, with warm water.


Oran Favorites

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    by maryamy Written Jan 8, 2004

    Favorite thing: This philosopher and writer was born in and died in Oran. He loved the place and suffered with what he was as injustice.
    I have just found a 1961 copy of La Peste, set in this town, in French, which I will start reading asap. It was recommended by my wonderful friend ManuelEB of VT.
    Incidentally 1961 is when Camus died in a car accident and the year of independence of Algeria from France.

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