Grand Socco

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The Grand Socco or Place du 9 Avril 1947 is a historic circular roundabout separating the old Médina from the newer area of downtown Tangier, Morocco.

The term, socco is a Spanish corruption of the Arabic souq (or souk). The Grand Socco is surrounded by a mosque, a few shops, several banks, half a dozen modest restaurants with covered outdoor seating areas, several cafés, the Cinema Rif, an Amendis office and a pharmacy. On one side is the arch entrance to Mendoubia Gardens and another arch leads to the Rue de la Kasbah, also known as Rue d'Italie.

In the mid-1950s many large trees were cut down in the round central outdoor market. Currently, the Grand Socco has a large marble fountain in the center, surrounded by tall palm trees and small flower gardens with a dozen benches for people to sit and relax.

Grand Socco, Tangier, Morocco

The square underwent further development in 2005.[1][2]


  1. ^ Humphrys, Darren (2008). Frommer's Morocco. John Wiley & Sons. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-470-18403-5.
  2. ^ Morocco. Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides. 2006. p. 133.