Oran is the birthplace of folk music Rai and is a magnificent old city having numerous ancient cultural traditions. The historic city was founded in 937 AD by Andalusian traders and is the second largest city of Algeria. Oran is a major port and is one of the leading cultural and educational centers of the country.
The modern city offers its visitors with wide ranging tourist attractions such as art centers, regional theatre, open-air theatre, museums, historic city center, variety of cinemas, sea resorts, municipal gardens and lots more. The pristine beaches located at a short drive from the city offers its visitors with wide ranging outdoor recreations and are the best places to relax and enjoy sunshine. The district of Sidi El Houari, artisanal products of Medina Djedida and Djebel Murdjadjo are also popular amongst tourists as well.