Caves of Hercules: Morocco’s Most Whimsical Natural Wonder

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If you’re planning your trip to Morocco, the list of the places you want to visit is already pretty long, but there’s probably one that’s missing. The Caves of Hercules are among the best hidden secrets of this enchanting African country, and here’s why you should consider checking them out.

This archaeological complex is located in Cape Spartel, only 14 kilometers west of Tangier. Their most picturesque feature is the sea opening, also known as “The Map of Africa,” because its shape resembles the outlines of this continent.

There are many legends and myths surrounding this underrated tourist spot, and they make it even more magical. Some even believe that the macaque monkeys used this cave to come to Africa, and claim it’s a part of a 24 kilometer-long tunnel connecting Morocco and Spain.

The most compelling legend surrounding it is connected to the mythical hero it was named after. According to the ancient stories, Hercules slept inside this cave on his way to steal three golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides.