Attractions

Hill in Oran

Djebel Murdjadjo

Wherever you are in the city, there's no missing Murdjadjo, the wooded hill that dominates the skyline. The most obvious landmark is the fort of Santa Cruz, built by Spaniards in the late 16th century. The nearby Ch…
Palace in Oran

Bey’s Palace

Much of the area around the headland overlooking the port is a military zone, but don’t let that stop you visiting the Chateau Neuf (New Castle), which is in fact the 14th-century fort of Merinid Sultan Abou Hassan.…
Museum in Oran

Musée National Ahmed Zabana

Oran's museum is little-visited by foreigners, but it is one of the keys to understanding the city, although the collection doesn’t always live up to the grandeur of the building. A large 1st-floor room tells the lo…
Architecture in Oran

Pasha’s Mosque

The Pasha’s Mosque was built in 1797, as its foundation inscription attests, by ‘the great, the elevated, the respectable and useful, our master Sidi Hassan Bacha’. Visits are often possible outside of prayer time b…