Cotta is next to the Hercules caves on the Atlantic coast. It is the largest ancient architectural site in the Tangiers region. The site was first recognised in the late nineteenth century. Its ruins were rapidly identified as those of the resort of Cotta, mentioned by Pliny the Elder. The first excavations started in the thirties.

Inhabited from the third and second centuries BC, the site of Cotta was a strategic coastal shipping port. Besides the vestiges of the baths, Cotta includes a roman salting plant which is one of the most well protected establishments in the western Mediterranean. This little known site will fascinate all lovers of Ancient History.


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