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The city of Nador is located in the north east Rif region of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea coast. It is also a port on the Bhar Amezzyan Lagoon which has made it an important trading centre for fish, fruit and livestock. Around 10 km to the north of Nador is the Spanish city of Melilla. The city has been ruled by a number of different civilisations during its history. The city is believed to have been founded by the Berber Civilisation and then ruled by the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs. The city's name is believed to derive from the name "Has Nador" which is a small settlement near the lagoon. The city is a popular meeting place for expatriate Moroccans who go to the city to meet their relatives and is therefore an important source of income for the city. The city does not have many sights of particular interest, there are no pretty little ports or beach side restaurants, but it is still a popular destination for tourists who visit Nador to take in its traditional Riffian atmosphere.
Ferry services from Nador depart to Almeria and Motril in Spain and Sete in France.
The Spanish town of Motril is located in the southern most part of the province of Grenada, between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Malaga is around 100 km from Motril and Seville is around 3 hours away by car and Madrid 5 hours away. Motril's port is an important commercial port, fishing harbour and yacht club that has moorings for 190 boats. Motril's Holy Week has been declared an event of National Tourist Interest and consists of 12 brotherhood, 23 pasos and more than 6,000 followers and during the week there are daily processions. The event first took place in 1600 with the eldest brotherhood, the Vera Cruz. Following the Spanish Civil War, every brotherhood had to restore its patrimony.
The town of Motril's sub tropical climate and its calm, warm waters, make it a popular tourist destination especially for those who enjoy water sports. The sea bed around the town also offer exciting diving opportunities for scuba divers.
In the pretty marina you will find water sports facilities and boat excursions. Ferries from the port depart to Melilla, Al Hoceima and Nador.