There is no doubt that this is one of Oran's focal points, a hive of business activity.
The legendary Plaza de Armas
Also known as the Plaza de Armas, this area was responsible for ensuring that the centre of the city remained safe. It is an important area in Oran, for several reasons: on the one hand, it is the symbolic place where the Spanish invasion of Algeria started and ended, so symbolic that the two years recorded here are 1509 and 1792: on the other, because it is the hub of commercial activity in the city. It boasts a long tradition of merchants and peasants from the area coming here to negotiate over all types of products, from both Africa as well as the whole of Mediterranean Europe. Currently, one of the walls of the square is formed by the beautiful Opera building, giving us yet another reason to visit it. The tram which runs through the historic centre stops here: we recommend travelling by tram around the area and taking in the hustle and bustle of daily life.