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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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  • Beautiful view. The most visible and exiting view in Oran. You can see all the town on your palm hand.  more »
  • wonderful view, very nice view and secure environment, a lot of visitors and traffic to get there, but it's worth it
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  • Very nice spot in oran, an old church facing the beach, its better to go in the morning. You can go with kids and take alot of photos .  more »
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  • Really nice place to see oran, but don't go afternoon due to safety issues. You can take taxi from city centre (place d'arme) and tell him to wait for you otherwise it is really hard to find taxi to go back (it will cost around 3000 DA)
  • For commandeering views of Oran, its bay and the environs, the hike is so worth it. It takes about 90 minutes to hike up and about an hour to climb down to/from Casbah. Try going early morning when it’s cool.
  • Fortress of Santa Cruz It is one of the nicest and best places overlooking the entire city
  • Wonderful view, people working on the renovation are doing a great job. It needs more local guides and to set it up for tourists.
  • Charming ancient stone fort with magnificent views of the city and ocean. Highly recommend a visit.
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