Regarded as a conservative region, L’Oriental is one of the regions of Morocco where traditions are most entrenched due to its very rich history, a paradise for archaeologists.
L’Oriental region covers 82,820 km2, or 11.6% of the national territory. It is a three-fold border region with a population of 2,314,346 in 2014, or 6.8% of the national population. The region occupies the northeast of Morocco.
The northern part of the region is the most populated, corresponding to a very large part of the eastern Rif (the Riffi coast from Hoceima to Kebdana / Saidia).
It is bounded to the north by the Mediterranean Sea, to the east by Algeria, to the south by Algeria and the Draa-Tafilalet region) and to the west by the regions of Fez-Meknes and Tangiers-Tetouan-Al Hoceima.
The region is of strategic importance, as much for its geographical position as for its economic potential: it constitutes the essential interface to consolidate Morocco in its geostrategic position of crossroads between Europe, the Great Maghreb and the Mediterranean world.
Because of its extent within the national territory, L’Oriental offers an exceptional diversity of the natural biotope. The region occupies the northeast of Morocco.