Tangier and the Mediterranean Sights

Grand Socco

  • Rue de la Liberté Map It
  • Ville Nouvelle
  • Market/Bazaar
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Published 03/01/2016

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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." You'll find plenty of cafés around Grand Socco, many of which offer amazing views of the sea.

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Rue de la Liberté, Tangier, Tanger-Tétouan, Morocco

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Published 03/01/2016

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