Discover Cape Spartel - Morocco

Discover Cape Spartel – Morocco

Cape Spartel
Cape Spartel

Cape Spartel is a promontory in Morocco located approximately 300 meters above sea level at the very entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 12 km west of Tangier. Quite often, it is mistakenly called the northernmost point of Africa, but in fact, the cape is the most northwestern point of Africa.

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Cape Spartel

History of Cape Spartel

Cape Spartel is located at an altitude of 326 meters at the very top of Jebel Quebir Mountain. There are two ancient towers on the cape, one of which is located at the very edge of the cape and serves as a beacon for sailors returning from long voyages. Below the Cape Spartel are the picturesque Caves of Hercules, which are accessible to tourists. The caves are a kind of Neolithic monument, but here, too, a man put his hand. In ancient times, stones were mined here.

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Cape Spartel

There was also a period in the history of the caves when they served as a hideout for smugglers. Until the time when the caves became one of the main attractions of Tangier, brothels were located in them. There is a legend that it was in these caves that Hercules spent the night before performing one of his exploits, namely, before stealing apples from the garden of the Hesperides. Not far from the Cape Spartel, an island that sank about 12 centuries ago was discovered; there is an assumption that this is the very disappeared Atlantis.

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Cape Spartel

Due to its very advantageous geographical location at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Cape Spartel has been the unwitting witness of several sea battles. (more…)

Discover Ouzoud Falls - Morocco

Discover Ouzoud Falls – Morocco

Ouzoud Falls
Ouzoud Falls

The Ouzoud Falls are located in the High Atlas Mountains near the village of Tanagmeil in the Azilal region, 150 km north-east of Marrakech. Every day, crowds of tourists come here purely for the sake of the waterfalls. And yes, these are the most beautiful waterfalls in Morocco. Look at them – you won’t want to look at others 🙂 In Morocco, at least.

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Ouzoud Falls

The name of the Ouzoud Falls is translated from Berber , as “the art of grinding grain”. On the one hand, the toponym is completely understandable: the waterfall rumbles, as if it really has no equal in grinding grain. On the other hand, they say that there are too many mills in the area , and the name was given first to the local region, and then at the same time to the waterfalls. Some of the mills can be seen by climbing to the very top of the cascade, from where the water rushes down. Mills, by the way, do not grind grain here, but olives to produce olive oil. And this is where the confusion begins.

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Ouzoud Falls

Those who probably know Tamazight, the Berber language, should ask about the name of the Uzud waterfalls. Because one half of the sites and books says that “uzud” is a “mill”, and the other half says that it is an “olive tree”. Since there are even more olive trees in the district than mills, it is very difficult to find out what exactly the waterfalls were named after. We hope the Berbers themselves are not confused about this.

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Ouzoud Falls

Ouzoud Falls

The height of the Ouzoud Falls is 110 meters in total – there are several steps, and it is customary to consider their total height. The river bed on the cliff is higher than at the bottom – as a result, several small streams are obtained that fall into a solid lake. Looks amazing. Under the lowest (and most picturesque) step, a small tourist ferry floats, capable of pulling all interested tourists almost under the stream itself. You do not want? Then shoot in the distance from the shore. (more…)