Webview - Intercept url loading


I’m fairly new to Ionic but I have extensive experience in native Android development.
I’ve been searching around the web for a while now and I can’t seem to find a way to intercept url load
from anchor elements. What I need is to intercept the link load event and handle it appropriately inside my app.
In native code this is quite common and both Android and iOS have webview methods that do just that.
Is there a way (or perhaps a Cordova plugin) to accomplish what I need?

Thanks in advance.