Located in Achakar, in the West of Tangier, the Caves of Hercules are among the most famous historic monuments of Tangier. Both local visitors and foreigners frequent this legendary place that has just been renovated.
It was in the year 5000 B.C. that these caverns, dug by the waves of the Ocean, were discovered. The Caves of Hercules have a natural entrance to the Atlantic Ocean, which has strangely adopted the form of the African continent.
A legend tells that Hercules had a place to rest in Tangier. Another one tells that the Caves of Hercules were the place where the Cyclope Polyphemus, son of Poseidon – in Greek mythology the God of the Sea, lived. This historic and archeological place, full of stories, myths and cultures, was classified Historic Monument in 1950. Sixty-five years after that, a renovation project was carried on by the initiative of HM Mohammed VI, who gives a particular importance to the accessibility to historic places.
The renovation project took one full year and cost 10 millions dirhams. The efforts have given back to the famous Caves of Hercules all its enchantment and splendor. The renovated Caves of Hercules are today the most attractive touristic place of the city.
We strongly recommend to the lovers of archeology and Antiquity to visit the Museum of the Kasbah in Tangier, where many relics discovered 5000 years before our era in the the Caves of Hercules, are exposed.