Atlantic or Mediterranean? Tangier’s beaches and surroundings
Poised between two continents, barely several miles from the Spanish coast, Tangier sits on the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet, and has one of the most beautiful bays of the Mediterranean. For bathing, you’ll have a small journey to take, ocean-wards or sea-wards.
On the Mediterranean side is Cap Malabata, roughly 8 miles east of Tangiers, offering large sandy inlets.
The road leading to Cap Spartel, along the forest of Rmilat, offers superb landscapes overlooking the Atlantic. Beneath Cap Spartel, the coastal road is lined with beaches frequented by Tangier’s locals in the high season. Above the Hercules Caves is the magnificent and fittingly named Mirage hotel offering visitors magnificent views of the Ocean and the Sidi Kacem beach stretching as far as the eye can see. On this beach is the L’Océan restaurant and its private beach club offer delicious lunches on the ocean’s edge. Further on, at the Asilah motorway exit, are remoter beaches such as Las Cuevas, beautiful expanses of sand, dotted with “Chiringuitos”, where you can savour freshly-caught grilled fish.