Morocco – Info to help you start planning your trip

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Population: 33+/- million

Capital city: little visited Rabat

Major airports: Marrakech (RAK), Casablanca (CMN), Tangier (TNG)

Trains: There are two main lines: Tangier -Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakech  OR Oujda or Nador – Fez – Meknes – joins the line in Tangier Sidi Kacen and continues to Marrakech. I didn’t ride the trains, but train travel has positive feedback on other websites. I was not able to find reliable info on the proposed TGV line from Tangier.

Main tourist draws: Fez Medina (old city) and the leather dying vats, Jemaa el-Fna and the medina in Marrakech, Essaouira (hard to spell, easy to stay), the Sahara Desert, and my personal recommendation is to rent a car and drive through the Dades and Todra Gorges and the biggest surprise for me was how stunningly beautiful and clean the beaches are anywhere north of Agadir. I didn’t see them south of there.

Exchange rate: 1 USD = 9.25 MAD (dirhams) (Jan 2018)  Best to use dirhams because you will get a better deal, but USD is widely accepted and preferred. A lot of places do not accept credit/ATM cards. Best to use cash.

Local cuisine: never had a bad tagine, couscous, mint tea, kebap, but what you must have is ferakh maamer. Moroccans use a lot of preserved lemons, which when paired with sardines is addictive. I don’t think you can have a bad meal in Morocco.

Beer: Being an Islamic country, alcohol is not sold as widely as you might think in a country with this much tourism. Sometimes beer and wine are not on the menu, but you can discreetly ask. I didn’t think any of the beers I had were that spectacular, but if I had to choose one, I’d choose Casablanca Lager. Getting drunk is really frowned upon in Morocco and makes people very uncomfortable, so please be respectful when drinking.

Morocco is a photographer’s paradise. Around every corner, there is a picture. Hope you enjoy these.

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Mary Lyons
I have had incredible travel opportunities since moving overseas eleven years ago. I created this blog to share my experiences, what I've learned, and my mistakes and frustrations, in hopes of entertaining readers and helping people to create and plan their own travel opportunities.

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