Religion in Morocco
Islam is declared the state religion of Morocco, the vast majority of believers are Sunni Muslims.
Transport in Morocco
There are international airports near Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier and Agadir. The flight usually takes place with an intermediate landing in some European city. In addition, a ferry runs between the Spanish city of Algeciras and the Moroccan city of Tangier, so you can travel by car.
The most common mode of transport when traveling between cities in Morocco – bus. They are very comfortable, however, they are almost always full and do not stop when voting. There are also fixed-route taxis between the cities, which can accommodate up to 6 people. Railway transport is developed in the north of the country and in coastal areas in the west. In cities, it is best for tourists to travel by taxi, which differ from other cars in a bright color.
To rent a car, you must have a driver’s license and a credit card. Be sure to inspect the car before signing the contract, because often tourists are given a car with defects, for which you will have to pay for the return.
Plant and Animal World in Morocco
In the mountainous regions of Morocco, vegetation is represented by alpine meadows, forests of Aleppo pine, juniper, Atlas cedar and spruce. The plains are characterized by maquis – woodlands of holm or cork oak. An iron tree grows on the southwest coast, from which vegetable oil is obtained. Wild boars, foxes, lynxes, jackals and tailless macaques can be found in the forests of the Middle Atlas, and many snakes are found in the southeastern desert regions.
Minerals in Morocco
In the Antiatlas region there are deposits of vein gold, ores of manganese, cobalt, nickel, and copper; in the High Atlas there are deposits of many ores of non-ferrous and rare metals, such as lead, zinc, tungsten; in the north-east of the country, a coal basin is being developed, and there are also large reserves of building materials.
Banks in in Morocco
On weekdays, banks start working at 8:30 and end at 16:30. During Ramadan, banks may close at 14:00.
Money in Morocco
The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan dirham. 1 dirham is equal to 100 centimes. There are banknotes in denominations of 10, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams, as well as coins of 1 and 5 dirhams and 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes.
It is illegal to change currency on the streets, so it is better to do it at a bank or at an exchange office that has a gold inscription at the entrance. Credit cards are accepted everywhere – in hotels, shops and restaurants. The use of foreign currency inside the country is prohibited, although its import is unlimited.
Rate: 100 Moroccan Dirham (MAD) = 9.5 USD
Political State in Morocco
According to politicsezine, Morocco is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the king, the legislature is a bicameral parliament, and the executive power is concentrated in the government. The King is also the country’s religious head and commander-in-chief and has unlimited powers over the government.
Population in Morocco
Morocco is home to 30 million people. The indigenous population is the ancient people of the Berbers, together with the Arabs they make up about 99% of the population of Morocco, but there are more Arabs.
The official language of Morocco is Arabic. Most of the population speaks with a peculiar dialect – Arabic Moroccan. French is widely spoken, and Spanish and English are also spoken in the north of the country.
Cuisine in Morocco
A distinctive feature of the national cuisine is a variety of spices, they are added to all dishes. Chorba chicken broth, imjadra soup made from lentils, and during fasting – harira soup made from lentils and peas are usually served for the first meal. On the menus of local restaurants, you will see couscous prepared in a variety of ways. According to Moroccan customs, it is customary to eat it with three fingers of the right hand. The national dish is tagine. This is chicken or fish stewed in an earthenware vessel with vegetables. In Morocco, you can try camel meat, which, according to legend, will make you happy. In addition, duck with walnut sauce, malfuf-makhshi (stuffed cabbage rolls with spices) and kamuniya from fried beef are eaten for the second course. No meal is complete without sweet tea made from fresh mint, pancakes are served with it.