"Maryam's Oran" Oran by maryamy

Oran Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 183 photos

Oran - Paris south of the Med

I lived in Oran for a while as a small child, a toddler really. I had not been able to go back to visit this city for sometime. My memories included the short walk from home to the Mediterranean Sea.
I have just returned from there, having spent 11 days. I will slowly build this page. Enjoy.

What is Oran like...

<font face="tahoma" color="blue">When walking down the central streets of this big city, the first glance confirms one is in an Arabic and Islamic country. The faces are dark and the women are covered up.
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But, wait, the second glance shows you women dressed as in European cities, with blonde hair, both bleached and natural. The guys too could hail from anywhere in Europe. Cast your eyes over the crowds and the shop signs are in Arabic (of course), but also in French. So, this is an ex-French colonial town.
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Oh, but do look again, further up. The architecture is most certainly Spanish, almost as if one could be in Madrid or even in Havana.
<br>This is the essence of Oran.</font>

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not stuffy like most big cities.
  • Cons:Could do with more rain and TLC.
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful discovery
  • Last visit to Oran: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 28, 2003
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 7:56 AM

    oran sounds very interesting

  • kindwasp's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 7:50 AM

    hi your homepage is done very well , with nice photos and beautiful place i spent few days in oran 3 years ago during the ramadan , it was very nice well done for your homepage

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2004 at 5:54 PM

    Isn't Cheb Khaled from Oran? Or at least he's always singing about missing Wahrane...anyway, nice to see some pictures of what sounds like an interesting city ;@P

  • Jan 5, 2004 at 4:08 AM

    Maryam..Happy new year to you and family.May 2004 will bring exciting and great travels to you. Fantastic page...great job..

  • tiganeasca's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 4:58 AM

    All I knew of this city before was from Camus...thanks for sharing some wonderful pics and helpful tips. Now it's time to see it in person!

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2003 at 12:28 PM

    This city brings to my mind a novel by Camus that you surely have read...PS: insomnia!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2003 at 12:51 PM

    Good page! Hmmm cous cous seems to be cool! but I haven't taste the real one! I will soon in Tunisia!

  • drolkar's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2003 at 8:30 AM

    "Front de mer" is lovely, as are the beaches ! Looking forward to more.... Best wishes from Catherine.

  • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2003 at 2:19 PM

    I've never been to Algeria ! But your pages now have given me an interest !! Oran looks like a Great place -- thank you for sharing all these useful tips with us !!!!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2003 at 2:16 PM

    Lovely page with nice tips and pics too!!!

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