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Caves of Hercules

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Published 03/09/2017

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Five kilometers (3 miles) south of the cape are the so-called Caves of Hercules, a popular tourist attraction tied to the region's relationship with the mythical hero, who was said to rest here after his famous labors. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the caves were used more recently to cut millstones, hence the hundreds of round indentations on their walls and ceiling otherwise attributed to Hercules' clawing fingers. The caves are known for their windowlike opening in the shape of the African continent, through which the surf comes crashing into the lagoon and lower cave. Legend has it that the cave leads to a tunnel that crosses through the Strait of Gibraltar, leading you to the other side of the Mediterranean. There are plenty of cafés by the entrance to the caves, where you can sit on the terrace under a parasol and take in the sea views over a cold drink.

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Cap Spartel, Tanger-Tétouan, Morocco

Published 03/09/2017


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