DARNA, The Women’s Association of Tangier
The yellow building opposite La Terrasse is a small complex offering an inexpensive restaurant, a boutique shop with crafts and...
Across the Grand Socco from the Cinema Rif is this large park full of strolling couples and children playing football. The Mendoubia...
Musée de la Fondation Lorin
This eclectic museum is housed in a former synagogue. Here you will find an open two-storey room with an engaging collection of...
In this fine, well-restored art deco building you’ll find both indie and mainstream films, mostly American, Moroccan, Spanish or French...
Art et Gourmet
Overlooking the Grand Socco, the terrace of this restaurant has the best views in town. Inside, it's more formal. Menus are presented on...
Grand Socco information
The Grand Socco (official name Pl du 9 Avril 1947) is the romantic entrance to the medina, a large, sloping, palm-ringed plaza with a central fountain that stands before the keyhole gate Bab Fass. Once a major market, its cobblestone circle is now the end of the line for taxis, the point at which the modern streets narrow into the past. For the best ground-floor view, climb the steps at the highest point on the circle, across from the large tan building (the police station), to what locals simply call La Terrasse . This is what you came for, one of those dreamy moments when you think you’ve entered a movie set.
The Grand Socco is also the hub of several other sights, all visible from within it. First is the Cinema Rif , which stands on the circle. The brightest light on Tangier’s cultural scene, it is a combination art-house cinema, cafe and archive, and is the local focal point for anything to do with film. Young locals come to soak up the ambience and use the free wi-fi.