Oran, pronounced “Wahren,” is country’s second biggest city, behind Algiers, and has a population of 1.2 million. Nicknamed “the Pearl of the Mediterranean,” it is a port city situated in the country’s northwest, about 450km from the capital city of Algiers.

Oran was founded in 902 by the Andalusians. Under French rule Oran experienced immense development and emerged as the second city of Algeria. Oran is also called “second Paris” by Algerians. Its nightlife and beaches are known worldwide, and it is particularly famous for its Raï music.

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