Tangier Tourism

The Map of Africa

Among the activities offered in our Tangier Tour, you can visit the Cave of Hercules. Located about 5 km from Cape Espartel and 14 km west of the city of Tangier.

Due to the erosion of the sea and the winds, the cave has been used to extract stones to build windmills and other buildings.

The cave, known as The Map of Africa, has two openings, one towards the land and another towards the sea. It seems the Phoenicians created this opening, which has the shape of the African continent.

History of Hercules cave

According to legend, the Greek hero Heracles or Hercules for the Romans, slept in the cave before stealing the apples from the Hesperides garden, which was his 11th labour.

Cave of Herkules image by Diego Delso