Orientation

Tangier is divided into the old walled city (medina) and the modern city (ville nouvelle). The medina contains a kasbah (the walled fortress of the sultan); the historic meeting place of Petit Socco (also known as Socco Chico) in the centre; and of course the souqs. The larger Grand Socco (now officially called Place du 9 Avril 1947), a pleasant square with a central fountain, is the hinge between the two sides of town, and the postcard entrance to the medina.