Legend has it that after having dug out the straits between Europe and Africa with his club, Hercules rested in caves next to Tangiers. The legendary place in fact exists just five kilometres south of the lighthouse on Cape Spartel. Dug into the cliff, the Hercules caves were shelter to Neolithic man.
They were then used for a long time as quarries, their stone being used to make millstones. Closer to the present day, during the wild nights of Tangiers in the international period, the Hercules caves were the setting for sumptuous parties, especially those organised by photographer, Sir Cecil Beaton. The caves still offer a splendid view of the ocean through their openings in the cliff face.