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Grand Socco Review

Tangier's chief market area in times past, the Grand Socco (a combination of French and Spanish meaning "great souk")—and otherwise Place du 9 Avril, which corresponds to the date of a famous speech made by King Mohammed V on the occasion of independence—now serves as a local transportation hub. Bab el Fahs, the main door to the medina, stands at the bottom. As late as the 1940s, when the new city was just beginning, the door was locked at night to seal off outsiders, thus its name, literally "Inspection Gate." One main attraction here is the recently restored movie theater, the Cinema Rif, which displays photographs and old movie posters highlighting Tangier's glamorous past. Head up some steps to the right of the cinema, and you'll find a babouche market, or for a good view, take a break at Passengers de Tangers, a rooftop restaurant/café on the far side of the Socco from the cinema.

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  • Address: At bottom of Rue de la Liberté, just south of Mendoubia Gardens, Ville Nouvelle, Tangier
  • Location: Ville Nouvelle
Updated: 05-11-2011

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