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.