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Fort Santa Cruz, Oran

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Fort Santa Cruz stands as one of three forts of the city cut deep into a hill and connected with tunnels to the other two. Built by Spaniards in 1577-1604 on strategically located Pic d’Aidour at 400 m (1,312 ft) above the sea, the fort offers panoramic views of the city and the Mers el Kebir where the British Royal Navy sank a French flotilla in 1940. The site's thick, continuous walls with embattlements stretch over a total of 2.5 km (1.6 mi). The fort also encompasses a large 300,000 l (79,252 gal) water tank that's part of the elaborate rainwater harvesting system. Make Fort Santa Cruz a centerpiece of your Oran vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Oran visit planner.
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  • Perfect view you czn see how this town is so much wondrrful from up there . And know more about its history and culture  more »
  • In renovation, it will be beautiful once finished. They let us visit discreetly the fort of Santa Cruz it's really beautiful.
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  • You can see the fort from most places in Oran. It is located on the Lion mountain in the north east part of the city. I wanted to go to the fort on foot but a lady at the reception in Sofihotel advise...  more »
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  • Wonderful view, people working on the renovation are doing a great job. It needs more local guides and to set it up for tourists.
  • A magnificently located fort on top of the hill overseeing the city. The architecture is typical of XVI century structures and is well preserved. Amazing views from the top
  • Most Beautiful View ever
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Accommodations in Oran consist mostly of mid-range hotels, with a couple of budget and upmarket options scattered around town. Affordable establishments offer basic facilities and clean, private rooms, while the more luxurious hotels, mainly clustered in the city center, include free Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast--and often a scenic harbor view.
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