9 reasons you'll fall in love with the "Little Paris of North Africa"

Not much is known about Oran outside of Algeria, but it’s slowly growing into a cool tourist destination

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Oran is a beautiful city with rich French and Spanish history. Not much is known about Oran outside of Algeria, but it’s slowly growing into a cool tourist destination. From exploring ancient Ottoman ruins to admiring French Barqoue architecture, here are 9 reasons you'll love Oran.

Oran is home to one of Africa’s best beaches. Madagh beach is a secluded spot tucked away between hills and is a proud oasis of locals. Not only can visitors swim and sunbathe, they can also snorkel and kayak around the area.

If you wanted to buy a souvenir or sample some of the country’s best olives or pastries, head over to the souk, Marche Medina Jedida. It’s a popular place for both locals and visitors to explore the plethora of goods and get great bargains.

This cathedral turned into a library was built in 1904 and is influenced by Roman Catholic architecture. While you may not be able to check out some books yourself, the library is open to the public for visitors to browse and admire the historic building.

Just outside of Oran, the Sahara desert is an exotic attraction for tourists to ride horses or camels to explore. The intense gold sand stretching out for miles will be quite a sight to see.

This beautifully adorned building is home to many small theater performances and art gallery showings. When visiting this city, be sure to stop by for a concert and admire the colorful Algerian textiles.

There’s no need to book a train trip to see this breathtaking Moorish revival railway station. Built in the 19th century, this historic place is definitely worth a look.

Oran’s most popular museum features a large collection of ancient artifacts and preserved remains of animals that wandered the Maghreb. So head to the museum and get a better understanding of the old nature and culture surrounding the area.

One of the best ways to get a view of Algeria is to embark on a ferry ride from Oran. The boat provides top-notch service and allows you to view the cities and nature from the ocean

This ancient ruin is available to the public to browse and admire. However, some ruins are so damaged that it’s declared dangerous to go inside, so it’s best to keep your tour outside.

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