Photographer's Note

Cape Spartel marks the entrance of the Gibraltar strait, the narrow stripe of sea that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea and separates North West Africa from the South West Europe (Iberian Peninsula). It lies some Kms West of Tangier on a scenic hilly and wooded area. South of it there are a couple of large scenic beaches and the locally famous Caves of Hercules.

It is frequently and wrongly referred as the northernmost point of Africa.

The haze on the horizon makes it invisible on the photo, but on clear days one can see the Spanish coast West of Tarifa.

The lighthouse was built by a Moroccan King on the mid 19th century.

Spartel is also the name of a sea bank that is located in front of the cape. It was an island until the 12000 years ago, a fact that originated a couple of recent theories claiming that it could be the actual location of the fabled Atlantis.

Weblinks to more info: Wikipedia/Tangier, Lexicorient/Tangier, Wikipedia/Spartel bank, of Hercules, Lexicorient/Caves of Hercules.

Location (latitude, longitude): 35.79112,-5.92375

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