Hercules Caves

Enter your dates to find available activities

Hercules Caves: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

1. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

Visit Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the 18th-century kasbah, a central mosque and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. The market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist souvenirs — it’s often very busy, but worth a visit for the bargains. On your walking tour with your driver, explore the kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismail and is now practically a ruin next to the Great Mosque. Visit the charming main square and the souks that sell an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you will feel the difference between it and the main Arabic feel of the town. Afterwards, discover the waterfalls of Akchour, a natural beauty, and the small breathtaking waterfalls. A local tour guide is provided at Akchour.

...
Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

2. Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca, at which point you will be taken to the train station to board your high-speed train to Tangier. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver in Tangier will be waiting for you outside the train station, with a placard stating your full name. From here, you will begin touring around Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. From this point you will receive exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Kasbah district next to the port, and the old Medina, complete with its craftsmanship shops and the magnificent Minaret. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.

...
From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

3. From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

Depart from Rabat Agdal railway station on a high-speed train to Tangier. Upon arrival, meet your driver and guide for the day who’s waiting for you just outside the train station holding a sign with your name. From here, begin your adventure around the fascinating city of Tangier and its surroundings, which has been a gateway between Africa and Europe since ancient Phoenician times. With your expert local guide, visit the Spartel Cape, a 1000 feet high promontory with breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Next, discover the wonders of Hercules' Caves and listen to the legends of this Greek hero who is believed to have rested here. The tour returns to the hustle and bustle of the city and onto the Kasbah and Old Medina. Wander around the vibrant shops, full of stunning craft work and handmade souvenirs. Visit the imposing Minaret, as well as the Grand Socco, a large marketplace which once accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at the train station for your return ride to Rabat.

...
Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

4. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

...
From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

5. From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

This tour is a combination of sightseeing and culture. Visit both Cape Spartel and Hercules Caves, take in panoramic views of the city, and head up to the white jewel of the north. Discover the medina, the casbah, and Morocco's beautiful beaches.  After a pickup from the airport, port, or your hotel in Tangier, begin the tour by 9:00 AM. The day will be devoted to discovering the beautiful Tangier and Asilah. Upon arrival in Asilah, embark on a walking tour to discover the Old Medina, medieval ramparts, and the workshops of craftsmen. Experience the life of the locals and begin to understand the history, culture, and lifestyles of the area. Pick up insights throughout the day from your English-, Spanish-, French-, and Arabic-speaking guide. Head back to Tangier to see the Grand Socco, Mendoubia Park, and the market. Enjoy 2 hours of free time in the old medina of Tangier. Continue on to see the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue, the American legation, and the Jewish Graveyard, before ending in the Petit Socco by 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

...
Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

6. Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Tangier on a private sightseeing tour and discover all its main attractions, from bustling markets to historic caves. You will first drive to Malabata Cape (East Tangier) for a great orientation view of the city. Look over at Europe on one side and Africa on the other. Drive through the new city to Spartel Cape (West Tangier), considered the most northwesterly point of Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The next stop will be the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, the caves were once the home of Hercules, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Discover the old face of the city, starting with the Kasbah, where artists and writers have gathered for centuries. Go to the Archaeological Museum, before walking through the colorful streets of the Medina to Mendoubia Gardens and Saint Andrews Church. Experience the electric atmosphere of the Berber market of Sidi Bouabid, where you will have some free time to shop before your drop-off.

...
Tangier: Private Full-Day Tour

7. Tangier: Private Full-Day Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in Tangier. From there you will take a ride through different neighborhoods and surrounding areas, including several stops at amazing viewpoints and a short break at Cape Spartel where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. You will then visit the mythical Caves of Hercules, before enjoying a 15-minute camel ride. The second portion of the tour consists of an extensive walk through the maze of narrow streets and alleyways of the Kasbah (fortress). This will provide you with an insight into the rich architectural heritage, including a 15th-century city wall and numerous buildings of Arab-Andalusian style that have inspired great artists and painters (such as Eugène Delacroix and Henri Matisse). Afterwards, you will head for the medina (old town), which represents a major center of interest and will help you get a taste of the local culture and lifestyle through the ambiance of its busy markets and streets. It is also home to an important Jewish and Christian heritage, of which you will learn about during your tour. This tour also provides the opportunity to experience genuine Moroccan cuisine as well as the vibrant atmosphere of the souks, where craftsmen and merchants make and sell their traditional items. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, your driver will return you to your hotel.

...
Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

8. Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

Take a 5-hour grand tour of Tangier to explore the traditional and modern face of the city with an expert guide. Discover a city of many cultures from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Start by visiting Tangier Port and the outskirts of the city, crossing the modern town with its large boulevards and exclusive areas of large villas, celebrity homes and palaces, including the summer residence of the Moroccan royal family. Continue to Cape Spartel at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, and see the lighthouse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Stop to ride or take pictures of camels, before visiting the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, they were once the home of Hercules, founder of Tangier, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Next, explore the old face of Tangier, and walk through the historic Kasbah, home to the Dar-el-Makhzen (Sultanate Palace) and Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities in the former Sultan’s apartments. Continue to the maze-like Medina, where tanners work on leather goods and artisans make handicrafts from wood and silver. Visit the Archaeological Museum or the American Legation, the first American public property outside of the United States. Admire the Parc de la Mendoubia (also known as the Grand Socco) where Moroccan independence was fermented, and vendors sell a variety of second-hand goods. Explore the colorful streets at leisure, before driving back to the port at the end of your tour.

...
Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

9. Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

...
Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

10. Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Meet your guide at Tangier port and then begin your 4-hour shore excursion adventure. Drive along the coast and admire the stunning beaches and celebrity mansions that line the way as you head towards the Hercules Caves located at the extreme northwest of Africa. Local legend says that the caves are where Hercules was able to separate Europe from Africa, and are surrounded with myth and mystery. At the caves, marvel at the views across the Straits of Gibraltar and then continue onto Tangier’s Kasbah. The Kasbah sits atop the cliffs, Medina and city’s port, and is an array of whitewashed walls and colorful architecture. From your guide, learn about the stories surrounding the site and then visit the nearby souk, full of stalls selling local crafts and produce. Afterwards, wander through the labyrinth of lane ways in Tangier and feel immersed in the unique atmosphere of this bustling location. Visit Mandoubia Park to amble around its luscious green landscapes and soak up the glorious sunshine. Finally, enjoy a cup of mint tea at one of Tangier’s legendary cafes that has hosted International celebrities, artists, and spies throughout the 20th century. After 4 hours of exploration, the tour ends at Tangier harbor.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Hercules Caves

Want to discover all there is to do in Hercules Caves? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Hercules Caves

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 280 reviews

I have nothing but good things to say about my tour to Chefchaouen and Akchour today. My day started with Monsif greeting me at the scheduled time. Monsif was very friendly, professional, and made sure I got to my destination on time while driving very carefully. My tour guide for the day was Omar, and I must say, he gave the best tour I have gotten while I was in Morocco. Just to name a few things about the tour experience: - He was very knowledgeable about the history of Chefchaouen - He picked the best spots to view the inside and outside of the city - He did not push stores or vendors to buy from - He made sure I was safe the entire way through the tour/hike overall, he is a very friendly and great guide and person I strongly recommend this tour for anybody looking to tour Chefchaouen and Akchour for the day!! Thank you again Monsif and Omar for the amazing and unforgettable experience!!!

My wife and I loved our Chefchaouen tour. Youssef, our guide for our time in the blue city, was both knowledgeable and funny: it felt like we were being guided by a friend. He spoke fluent English and really gave us a great experience. Our driver was also incredibly friendly, punctual, and safe. While we were (slightly) disappointed that the tour booked a guide for the Akchour Waterfalls that did not speak any English (we are NOT disappointed in him; he was great! We just assummed that we ordered an English speaking tour). It was still a great time and he made our experience great, too. Keep in mind: this tour was for individuals that did not mind rock scrambling on semi-challenging terrain. In fairness, our guide may have given us the option to choose which path to take, but there was no way of knowing this because we did not share the same language. All in all, a great experience! :)

Overall it was a great day, especially the mixture of the natural experience at the beautiful waterfall and river in Akchour and the tour through Chefchaouen with a local guide Omar. He chose the perfect spots to see, to drink tee and have lunch. Also he was a great guide through the national park and the history and the most beautiful spots in Chefchaouen. Thank you! Special thanks also to Said, who was a very good and secure driver. Many thanks to both for making it an unforgettable day with a lot of extra information.

It was the most amazing tour and experience I have ever had. Omar was kind and knowledgeable. Very fun. The driver was also amazing! Great skills up the mountain. Wifi in the car was a huge plus and nice bonus. Worth every penny and more.

Excellent service all the way around. Long day but we’ll worth it. Everything as stated Great day!!