Fodor's Expert Review Grand Socco
Tangier's chief market area in times past, the Grand Socco (a combination of French and Spanish meaning "great souk")—and otherwise known as 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 meaning "Inspection Gate." You'll find plenty of cafés around Grand Socco, perfect for people-watching.