Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, often placing in the Top 10 cities to visit. With so much to offer, where do you start? Here is a quick guide to five popular attractions.
The majestic Table Mountain towering over the city of Cape Town is a must. A quick cable car up the mountain and you will enjoy 360% views of the southern tip of Africa. Taking the 11am cable car is recommended, leaving you plenty of time to wonder around, before enjoying lunch at the restaurant on top.
Nestled between a millionaire’s yacht club and a working harbour, The V&A Waterfront is a popular year-round attraction. Featuring a new “Cape Wheel”, based on the London eye, the Waterfront draws holidaymakers seeking excellent shopping, restaurants and water excursions.
The Waterfront is conveniently located in the centre of Cape Town, only minutes from pristine beaches and breathtaking Cape Wine Estates.
Cape Town is renowned for it’s beaches. One beach however offers a unique wildlife experience. Boulders Beach in Simons Town is one of only a few places where you can swim with Penguins freely. The beach also surrounded by large boulders, sheltering it from the wind.
This is a unique experience for families with younger children. The friendly beach atmosphere makes for a relaxing setting to unwind out of season. In-season it can get crowded, so best to get there early. A nice local tip is don’t stop at the first beach, go through a gap in the boulders to access the secret second beach.
Excursions to Robben Island leave daily but should be booked well in advance. This trip to the prison island – similar to “The Rock” in San Francisco – is popular for it’s historical value. This is the prison that housed the late president Nelson Mandela.
The Cape area is blessed with wine estates. There are over 50 world-class estates within a 30-minute drive from the city centre. For a shorter afternoon trip, the Constantia valley area is recommended. This is home to predominantly fine white wines, due to the mountain location of the vines.
For full day trips you can spoil yourself by visiting the magical Stellenbosch and Franschhoek areas. The breathtaking views, fine cuisine and world-class wines make this a memorable experience. Your hotel concierge or local tour operator can arrange day trips, advisable if you are going wine tasting.
The best months to visit Cape Town are February to April.
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