0595 Cool Little Tourist Trap (Mor 211—new)
Grotte d'Hercule Travel Blog› entry 19 of 92 › view all entries
After Moraia and re-entering Tanger once more, I still have some fight in me and the day is still young. So I head north, but this time along a paved road with the plains and the airport to my left and the hills and forest to my right. I pass random villas and a few suburb developments, as well as country ladies selling yoghurt by the side of the road to folks heading to the beach for the weekend.
A sign says “Grotte D’Hercule” (the “Cave of Hercules”) up ahead, so I quicken my pace. That sounds like something worth discovering. Before too long I finally reach the Atlantic shore, with little restaurants and cafes perched over a very jagged shore with all sorts of cliffs and boulders to clamber around on. I see an honest looking Moroccan fellow and ask him to take a clip of me-- turns out he lives in Inglewood, California-- exactly where I’m headed tomorrow! An interesting guy who seems both American and Moroccan at the same time…
After grabbing a sandwich at one of the restaurants, I notice people coming up from a path that seems to come out of the cliff… of course! The cave! And I was just going to go on and miss it entirely!
It’s a bit of a tourist trap, with postcard vendors and a guy with Berber costumes you can dress up in for a photo op.
Mostly Moroccan tourists-- but I did see a group of sub-Saharan African tourist coming to check out the cave… Overall, nice little spot, though nothing really spectacular.