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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If you expect to be enlightened and informed about history of this place, don't hold your breath. Apart from three or four panels right after the entrance, completely in Arabic, there is absolutely... more »
Santa Cruz. Excellent. Is undergoing renovation which should be finalized in 2021. Go with a guide to get the most out of the visit. more »
Such great history to relive and see for real an old Fort! Even in the mist it was wonderful! It would be amazing if the Fort can be completely restored. I loved it. Worth the time at about 80DZD.
If you wanna enjoy the whole scenic city view of Oran, that higher spot (400 m = 1312 ft above the sea level) will absolutely gives you that stunning pleasure. Besides, it includes a historical landmark called Santa Cruz Fort which is built between 1577 and 1604 period by the Spanish on the golf of the city. That place really deserves to be visited with family or friends but bear in mind there is no car parking area over there, and no souvenir shop.
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