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Lively, welcoming and warm. Capital of western Algeria and second city of the country, Oran is strongly influenced by the presence of the Spaniards for 3 centuries, and is a city very rich in famous historical vestiges: The Fort of Santa Cruz, the Spanish garrison, the walls of the Casbah, the Fort of El Mers El Kebir, the Palace of the Bey, the Green Theater... with all the influences that have shaped the multicultural identity of the people of Oran.

Nestled on the mountainside, it descends amphitheatrically towards the sea, riding hills and unequaled landscapes, facing a sublime bay. Its coastal strip is occupied by the rocky massif of Murdjadjo overhanging more than 400 meters of sea and sheltering beautiful beaches and coves bordered by a superb string of palm trees lulled by the sea breeze.

Go on this short stay and go back in time to discover the historical sources of this original city established on the ravine of the Ras El Aïn wadi, described by the writer Emmanuel Roblès as "Valley of Paradise". An excursion to Tlemcen offers the opportunity to discover in greater depth the beauty of the landscapes and architecture of western Algeria.

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Day 01


Flight to Oran, on a regular AirAlgeria flight.
Arrival in the morning. Reception at the airport, then transfer to the hotel and installation in the room.

Departure for the visit of the center of Oran which starts with the monumental Hôtel de Ville, built in 1886. Two good-natured lions, bronze work of the sculptor Caïn, flank the stairs. We will also visit the opera, a building built in 1905. Finally, in the center, we can see the obelisk of the battle of Sidi Brahim crowned by the bronze of the winged Victory. You will then discover the largest Spanish fortification of Oran (2 kilometers of wall), built during the Spanish presence which spanned nearly 3 centuries (1509-1792) almost without interruption. This fortification is part of the Spanish defensive system against the Ottomans who had extended their empire throughout the Algerian territory. After the departure of the Spaniards, Bey Mohamed El Kébir, who had the seat of the Beylicat of Mascara transferred to Oran, chose the place to build his palace there.

Lunch during visits.

Continuation to the Palais du Bey: Palace built by Mohamed El Kébir to make it the seat of his governorship. The palace consists of three buildings: The diwan where the governor gave audience, the harem which constitutes the residence of the bey and his wives and the building called "Pavilion of the favorite". The bey's palace underwent transformations during the French period (1831–1962). It served as the seat of the French military governor until independence. Near the entrance to the fortification stand, in the middle of slightly more recent constructions, three towers whose construction is attributed to the Merinids: a bellicose dynasty, coming from southern Morocco, contemporary with the Zianid dynasty to which it delivered a long war for the domination of the Maghreb. The Merinids experienced varying fortunes and were able to occupy even Tlemcen, the capital of the Zianids, for a certain time. They took Oran in 1347 and built the first fortifications there. Less than a stone's throw from the bey's palace, on the bend in rue Philippe, stands the Pasha mosque: built just after the departure of the Spaniards, by the bey Mohamed el Kébir who, for political reasons , dedicated it to his Pasha. The octagonal minaret bears witness to Turkish architecture. On the slope of the cliff which dominates the current port of Oran and below the wall, a long promenade was laid out in 1836. We owe its layout to General de l'Etang who said that a city was only not a set of constructions but also green spaces and gardens. There are rare species there. The promenade, nearly 500 meters long, leads to the Vallès ramp which joins the port to the center of the city.
At the junction of the boulevard Front de mer with the ramp Vallès, opens the door of Petit Vichy; pleasant green space. Below, the Green Theater continues to host, every year, at the beginning of August, the international Raï festivals.
Return to the hotel, and during the journey you will be told the drama of Mers el Kébir in 1940.

Dinner at the hotel or in town.
Night at the hotel in Oran.

Day 02

ORAN - TLEMCEN - ORAN (122 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Road to Tlemcen.
Visit of El Mansoura. Raised in 1302 by Abou Yacoub around his camp, during the siege of Tlemcen by the Mérinides, El Mansourah quickly became a city. At first it was only a military camp, created by the Merinid sultan Abou Yacoub in 1299, during the first siege of Tlemcen.
As the siege continued, the sultan had a royal residence built at the approach of winter, so severe in these places, laid the foundations of a mosque for him and his men and had dwellings built for his soldiers. and royal officials, all defended by a wall. The first nucleus of this city received the name "El mahala el mansourah", which means "The victorious camp". The siege during, after two years, the sultan made build a considerable wall of enclosure. Tlemcen, closed to the trade of which it was the seat, all the commercial activity was diverted towards El Mansourah whose extent increased. The population increased and what was only a camp soon became a town. The sultan then had baths, caravanserais, a hospital and a mosque built there, with an extraordinarily high minaret. He gave the city the name of El Mansourah. The siege lasted more than eight years. Tlemcen was on the point of yielding, but the Merinid sovereign having been assassinated by one of his slaves, in 1307, Mansourah was evacuated. Twenty-eight years later, the Mérinides returned and occupied Tlemcen. Abou El Hassan, raised Mansourah which becomes the seat of the Mérinide government of the Central Maghreb. He had a vast palace built there where he resided for many years. When the Zianides had reconquered Tlemcen, Mansourah was struck with a decree of destruction, this time without appeal.

Lunch during visits.

You will then discover the Lalla Setti Plateau: the site, the lower level of the foothills of the Tlemcen mountains, more than 1000 meters high, dominates the city of Tlemcen (800 meters above sea level on average). From this place, one can enjoy an admirable panorama which includes the city, its extensions, the surrounding villages and the Traras mountains which are profiled on the northern horizon. The plateau has undergone major development work (artificial pond, museum, wooden kiosks). Other buildings, such as the observation tower, are under construction. At one end of the plateau, you can observe the mausoleum of Lalla Setti, a holy woman who came from Iraq and settled in Tlemcen where she lived between the 12th and 13th centuries.

You will then continue for about twenty kilometers from the city, towards the Caves of Beni Add: a winding road that climbs a cornice to an altitude of 1130 meters, leads to the caves of Beni Add. Once you have crossed the threshold, you take a staircase that opens onto an impressive cavity with the dimensions of a cathedral. The total length is about 700 meters and includes three gigantic halls. The first is 45 meters deep, the second 15 meters, while the third breaks the record of 57 meters. Fascinating stalagmites and stalactites, of various shapes and distinct colors, which adorn the ceiling and the walls, compose a picture that will leave you dreaming, amazed and admiring the art of Mother Nature. In one of the rooms, stalagmites are united with stalactites to form gigantic columns over 18 meters high.
Road to Oran.

Day 03


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for the visit of the Sidi Abdelkader el Djilani plateau (panorama of Oran and Mers el Kébir): 410 meters above sea level on the Murdjajo mountain. In this place stands a building dedicated to Sidi Abdelkader El Djilani (holy man who gave birth to the first Muslim religious brotherhood but who never came to Algeria). The space was converted during the 80s into a place of relaxation. A cable car brings people there from the city center.

Continuation to the Basilica of Our Lady of Salvation known as the Fort of Santa Cruz. It was here that the miracle of the rain took place on November 4, 1849. The water from this storm, which lasted 3 days, made it possible to fight against the cholera epidemic which ravaged the population of the city of Oran. Since and until the independence of the country (July 1962), the Catholics organize, each year, a pilgrimage on the spot. This pilgrimage takes place, since 1967-1968, in Nîmes where a replica of the basilica was built. The construction of the building on the site of the miracle lasted a little over a century. Four virgins have succeeded to watch over the site.

Passage through the Porte du Santon; one of the three gates which, in the Middle Ages, made it possible to enter or leave the fortified city. The gate has been filled in to make way for the road that leads to the Scaléra district. However, the surrounding wall and the guard turrets (works made in the 16th century by the Spaniards) still exist. Stop at the Church of Saint Louis: The church was the cathedral of Oran until 1913. Currently disused, the first level houses a cultural center. Passage to the Place de la Perle: a stop on this square allows you to read, on the facade of a shop, an inscription which dates from the Spanish presence. Opposite, stands the minaret of the pearl, in Arab-Andalusian style. All things considered, the architecture is reminiscent of the Giralda in Seville and the Koutoubia in Marrakech. From the square, runs a small sloping alley which serves, in the morning, as a daily market. There are seasonal fruits and vegetables and fish products. At the end of the market, there is another street. A hundred meters away, we discover the small mausoleum of Sidi El Houari, patron saint of the city and well diggers. This character, born near the city of Mostaganem, came to settle in Oran, towards the end of the 14th century. On the road that leads to the heights, a blind wall where a small door opens. Behind the wall stand the buildings of the first French military hospital, built at the start of colonization. Below, the Turkish baths, built by Bey Bouchlaghem during the first Ottoman presence (1708-1732). The French will install the laundry of the military hospital there. Continuation to Place Kléber: downtown until the end of the 19th century, the square boasted three monuments:
- The door of Canastel: Only medieval door which still remains upright and which gives on the ramp of Madrid,
- The former Hotel de la Paix: the first hotel in the city. Napoleon III stayed there during his visit to the city. Currently, the building houses the services of the building management office,
- The old prefecture: the building housed the services of the prefecture until 1958.

Continue to Place de la République: a large square from which you can see the sea and the port of Oran. There is a bandstand, the Aucour fountain (named after an architect who had a lasting impact on Oran town planning) and beautiful trees including ficus trees more than a hundred years old. Separated from the square by a street, stand the buildings of the Bastos house, the cigarette factory of the brand whose name it bears. The factory still produces, but under a different name, tobacco.

Lunch will be on site.

Afternoon free to enjoy the sights of the city and do some shopping.

Dinner at the hotel or in town.
Night at the hotel in Oran.

Day 04


Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day to enjoy the sights of the city and do some shopping.

Depending on the flight schedule, transfer with assistance to Oran Sina airport. Flight to Europe on regular airAlgeria flight

+ 05 Days
Additional day, according to the request of Aïn Temouchent, visit of the beach of the meeting with the inhabitants near the Algerian-Moroccan border, discovery of the spices of western Algeria and the art of Moroccan cuisine



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  • Price from: €856 including tax per person
  • From Europe (departure from province, contact us)
  • 4days/3nights or +5
  • Full board (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)
  • Accompanied cultural getaway
  • Level of difficulty: easy
  • Mode of transport: tourist vehicle or minibus depending on the size of the group
  • Type of accommodation: 5* hotel
  • 2 participants minimum
  • 12 participants maximum
  • Best season to experience this trip: all year round (except July and August)


  • Visit to the Fort of Santa Cruz and the Basilica of Our Lady of Salvation
  • Visit of the plateau of Sidi Abdelkader El Djilani
  • Visit of El Mansoura and the caves of Beni Add in Tlemcen
  • Program designed and exclusively at Tafassasset art Voyages
  • Visit Ain Temouchent and Ouajda
  • Guaranteed departure from 2 people

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