Berkane is a city in the northeast of Morocco, capital of the homonymous province, which is part of the Oriental region, with more than 85 thousand inhabitants.
It is located in a rich agricultural region, which has attracted immigrants from western Morocco and the Sahara, although it is also a land of many emigrants, namely to Fez and to Europe. Citrus fruits are the most famous agricultural production in Berkane, known as the citrus capital of eastern Morocco. In many places in the region, the landscape is dominated by vineyards, orange groves and other orchards.
The city is located in the Rif region, in the Triffa plain and Moulouya valley, which separates the provinces of Berkane and Nador. Immediately south of the city is the Beni Snassen mountain range and Natural Park. Two of the main tourist attractions in the region are the Zegzel gorges and the Camel Grotto, located in the Beni Snassen hills, southwest of the city.
Berkane lies 22 km west of Ahfir (on the border with Algeria), 60 km northwest of Oujda and 80 km southeast of Nador. It owes its name to the local saint Sidi Ahmed Aberkane. The majority of the population is bilingual in Zeneta Berber and Moroccan Arabic.