Tangier, Morocco

Cap Spartel & Additional Trails

Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

For a scenic and hilly running (or walking/hiking) experience, we highly recommend a visit to Cap Spartel. Located 14 km from Tangier, Cap Spartel is the most northwestern point in Africa and is where the North Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. It overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar and features fantastic views of the sea and green coastline. Especially pretty at sunset!  Note: the area is exposed and hilly. 

Cap Spartel. Google Street View

For running, there’s an extensive network of low-trafficked minor roads and gravel paths/roads. Be sure to include the 1 km Promenade Cap Spartel, near the beach/parking lot. There are also more rugged hiking trails that are popular for trail running. We don’t recommend running on the main road going through Cap Spartel, as it’s busy and doesn’t have a great shoulder. Unfortunately, there’s not a good digital road/trail map of the area. It’s ~7-8 km from one end of Cap Spartel to the other.

At sea level, there’s the gorgeous Achakkar Beach, which leads to the Cave of Hercules.

Add-On/Alternative: There are many additional trails for running in this area. Adjacent to Cape Spartel is Mediouna Park, which has forested trails. And across the Mediouna Access Road is a large network of more rugged trails in the Terrain Kachkach, a popular hiking area. Combination of open & wooded landscape. Many of the trails are more rugged and rocky.

Essentials
  • Depends on route chosen. It's 7-8 km from one end to the other.
  • Very hilly!
  • Car Park or other trail access point
  • Large parking area near the beach

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john swan
1 month ago

Good website.

Essentials
  • Depends on route chosen. It's 7-8 km from one end to the other.
  • Very hilly!
  • Car Park or other trail access point
  • Large parking area near the beach