Nador, is a city located in the northeastern Rif region of Morocco. The city is a Mediterranean
port on the (Mar Chica in Spanish), and it is the major trading center
in the region for fish, fruit, and livestock. It is linked to the Spanish-administered city of
Melilla, 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) to the north, by a semi-motorway.
Nador is populated by a Riff-Berber speaking population of more than 180,000 inhabitants.
The city became the administrative capital of an independent province within Morocco in
During the summer months, Nador is visited by hundreds of thousands of Moroccan migrants
working in Europe, who are originating from the province or from the city of Nador itself.
These summer visitors contribute strongly to the development of the city, by buying property,
helping their families, and by stimulating the overall local trade and tourism. The local
government also wants to attract foreign tourists, and for this reason they try to give the city a
better look: have been told to use metal or wooden chairs outside (and not plastic ones),
houses have to be painted in appropriate colours throughout the city, and the main boulevard
along the sea has been redeveloped and widened.
Until early 2008 the city end of the boulevard was formed by the Rif Hotel, but in the spring
of 2008 the existing hotel was demolished and the road alongside the boulevard opened and
extended. This new road by-passes the city centre and runs directly towards the main
roundabout at the entrance of Nador via the Road to Tawima. The remaining grounds where
the hotel and its facilities were located is being redeveloped into a new hotel complex.