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Map of Morocco
Area (sq km): 446,550
Population: 31,228,981
Nationality: Arab-Berber,
Local Name: Morocco
Language: Arabic,
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: Dirham
Capital: Rabat
Dialling Code: +212
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .ma
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Climate: Mediterranean,
Government: Parliamentary Monarchy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.30-13.00
Major Airports: Agadir (AGA), Casablanca (CMN), Essaouira (ESU), Fes (FEZ), Marrakech (RAK), Nador (NDR), Tangier (TNG)

Food in Morocco & Market Towns

A trip to Morocco is enhanced by the unique foods and flavours found in its delicious cuisine. The first time you try them, you might wonder - how is it that the Moroccan cuisine is so different to others? It is probably due to the combination of its aromatic spices, its fresh produce and the influence of other peoples like the Arabs or the local Berbers over the Moroccans along with its proximity to the Mediterranean. One thing is for sure, you are in for a treat if you are willing to try some of their national dishes. You will not regret it.

Market stall in Fez
Market stall in Fez

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Aromatic Moroccan Spices

Whether you visit small souks or the best market towns of Morocco, you will be fascinated by the aromas and variety of the Moroccan spices, like cumin, cinnamon, crushed coriander seeds, ginger, turmeric, paprika, saffron, nutmeg or cayenne. Some of these spices are used for marinating meat and poultry.

The orange-blossom water and the rose water are two popular essences used in salads and some exquisite sweets. Some of the best markets towns are those in Marrakech, Fez and Agadir, where you will find not only the famous aromatic Moroccan spices, but all sorts of handicraft made with leather, copper, silver and many other materials. Bargaining is a must.

Couscous and other Moroccan Dishes

Nobody should leave Morocco without trying a delicious Couscous. Although you might have tried it before somewhere else, there is no comparison with the Couscous cooked in Morocco.

This tasty dish consists of steamed semolina used as a base, plus a wonderful concoction of chunks of lamb, beef or chicken, tomatoes, chick-peas, carrots and other goodies seasoned with saffron, cumin, crushed red pepper and other spices. Traditionally, during Ramadan, a hearty soup called Harira is served.

This is prepared with chick peas, lentils, onions, tomatoes, rice, eggs and meat, plus spices and herbs. The succulent Tajine is another tasty Moroccan dish, with endless combinations of vegetables or meat and vegetables which are cooked in a special pot made of terracotta. Yum!!

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