Oran is a unique and vital city forged from a melting pot of international influences. Originally founded by Moorish traders, Oran spent centuries under the control of Spanish, Ottoman and French occupiers. From this cultural diversity arose the lively Raï music movement and the city’s seaside promenade with its undeniable European flair. Book your flight to Oran with Alitalia and enjoy the sophistication and refinement of Italy’s premier airline en route.
After you arrive, head straight for Front de Mer, a picturesque boulevard overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, lined with quaint cafés, gourmet restaurants and refreshing ice-cream parlors. History buffs can tour the Ahmed Zabana National Museum for an in-depth look at the city’s fight for independence. Most visitors travel to Oran to experience its electric nightlife, which is among the most active on the continent. Music pours from the open doorways of nightclubs, bars and cabarets at all hours of the evening and early morning.
Gentle Mediterranean breezes will help keep you cool in this coastal region, but summers in Algeria can be very warm regardless, so it’s best to book your tickets to Oran for May or October. Take a stroll through the city’s historic district Sidi El Houari to find some great deals on cheap hotels in Oran.