Surrounded by vast wine-producing estates, Oran is the second important town in Algeria. Active and dynamic, it houses a lot of commercial and industrial activities in its port. The influence of Spaniards, who occupied the town for three centuries, is visible in the many Hispanic-Moorish styled buildings. Though walking along the sea frontage is agreeable, staying in Tlemcen, 56 miles ahead, is more pleasant. Nested at the foot of the tablelands of the Saharan Atlas, surrounded by bucolic vegetation, this ancient Muslim capital, founded by the Almoravides, preserves a particularly seducing ancient town bordered by several mosques. Strolling around this area is one of several interesting things to do if you decide to travel to Oran.