Tangier is a city located on the North African coast near the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. About a 15 minute drive from this northern city of Morocco is the popular Caves of Hercules. The grotto has two openings, one on land and one out to the sea. Entering from the land opening, you descend into a cavernous area with multiple rooms and alcoves. The caves were expanded considerably over the years by Berber tribes. The opening facing out to the ocean looks like the head of a man. When that same opening is viewed from the sea, it looks like a map of Africa. It is part of the local legend that Hercules stayed here and slept in this cave.
This sleepy seaside town is a great pit stop to grab lunch and admire the grotto. Inside, locals have set up stalls and are selling souvenirs. Outside by the waterfront, there are multiple shops and restaurants. Make sure you don’t plan your trip around Ramadan, when the attraction is shut down for a few weeks.
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