Spartel (Arabic: رأس سبارطيل) is a promontory in
1 Description 2 Historical events 3 See also 4 References 5 Bibliography
Caves of Hercules.
Cape Spartel is frequently but incorrectly referred to as the northernmost point of Africa, which is instead Ras ben Sakka, Tunisia. It is the most North Western point of mainland Africa. The cape rises to a height of 326 m. at the top of Jebel Quebir where there is a tower. There is another tower nearer to the end of the cape which serves as a lighthouse. Below the cape are the Caves of Hercules. These are open to the public and they are accessible from Robinson Plage. The caves have shown evidence of neolithic occupation. Before they were a tourist attraction they were brothels. Historically the rock was mined and this is one important cause of the caves creation. Near Cape Spartel is Spartel Bank, a sunken island hypothesized by some as the location of the legendary island of Atlantis. Cape Spartel is accessible from the National Road S701. Historical events
Cape Spartel in 1732.
During the American War of Independence on 20 October 1782 there was
an inconclusive battle between British and French/Spanish fleets about
18 miles off the coast, the Battle of Cape
Spartel between ships under
Luis de Córdova y Córdova
Cape Malabata Battle of Cape Spartel
^ The Strait of Gibraltar, accessed November 2012
^ "Grottes d'Hercules The Caves of Hercules - Cave of Africa".
Showcaves.com. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
^ "Hunt for Lost City of Atlantis". BBC. 2003-10-30. Retrieved
Coordinates: 35°48′02″N 5°54′22″W / 35.80056°N 5.90611°W / 35.80056; -5.90611 Bibliography
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Spartel (1865–1958), un esempio di
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