Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Meet the unexpected in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a city that can offer the visitor much to do and see, a city that offers many attractions and activities to enjoy a stay you will never forget.

Planning a trip to Cape Town will start with a list of all the things you can do in this great city, from visiting its beaches, to admire the wonderful architecture and design around the city or visiting the Wine farms to enjoy the famous South African wines.

Nature is also part of this incredible city, the amazing view of Table Mountain is something that all visitors enjoy.

Where to Stay

There are several areas where you can stay in Cape Town, depending on what you are looking for your stay, each area has its appeal. Green Point is an area where you can find many hotels and is close to many attractions, other areas that are good are Sea Point, Mouille Point, and Camps Bay.

Getting From the Airport

Cape Towns International airport is about 20 km from the city center. The best way to go the city center from the airport is using the Myciti shuttle bus that leaves the airport every 20 minutes and is very cheap, it costs about 57 Rand (about USD 5,20).


Cape Town offers many attractions, the city can be enjoyed in many ways and also in its surroundings you will find many things to do.

Table Mountain

The main attraction of Cape Town is Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. To get to the top of the mountain is very easy, you can take the Table Mountain Cable-way that takes you to the top in just five minutes.  The magnificent views of the city and its surroundings and the Atlantic Ocean are something you don't want to miss.

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Located 60 km from the city, Cape Point it the most south-westerly tip of Africa. At Cape Point, you will enjoy nature along with spectacular views. Cape Point is a great place to enjoy activities such as biking, walking or hiking.

Boulders Penguin colony

Boulders Beach is a great place to visit, not only it is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches, but also at Boulders beach you will find a penguin colony of more than 3000 African penguins, but it is also a great place to enjoy a day at the beach, swimming close to the penguins. To arrive at Boulders beach you will have to take the train to Simon's Town, from where you are only 2 km from the beach.

Robben Island

I think that visiting Robben Island is a must for every tourist that visits Cape Town. Robben Island was home of the most famous political prisoners of South Africa, including Nelson Mandela. The island is located 9 km from Cape Town, and to start a tour to Robben Island you should start at the Nelson Mandela Gateway in V&A Waterfront, where you can look at pictures and visit the museum while you wait for the ferry that takes you to the Island.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

This is one of the most visited areas not only of Cape Town but also of South Africa. The area of V&A Waterfront has what most of the Tourist look when visiting a city, shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions, museums, and nightlife.
In this area you have several attractions to enjoy, such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, ideal to visit if you are traveling with kids, there are also important museums like Chavonnes Battery Museum, which celebrates the history of Cape Town's oldest major fortification.
Those who love ships, the Maritime Center in the Union Castle Building is a great visit to enjoy a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town.

Bo-Kaap Museum

Located in Wale Street Bo-Kaap is the oldest house in Cape Town, built in 1760, the Museum still has the original Dutch facade intact. Bo-Kaap Museum is the Cape Malay history Museum, a great visit to know more about the history of the Cape Malay community.


The region near Cape Town is known for its great wines, so the wine routes near the city are a great option to spend a day or a weekend. The wine regions of Cape Town are only 30 to 40 minutes from the City. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl are towns that you can explore while enjoying the best wines of South Africa.

Architecture and History

The architecture of Cape Town is very rich and has a lot of history, someplace worth visiting are St.George's Cathedral and Groote Kerk, located in Wale Street, and is the Anglican Diocese mother church in Cape Town. The Castle of Good Hope is another place worth visiting, this is the oldest building in South Africa.
The City Hall and Grand Parade, an Italian Renaissance Style building built in 1905.

Cape Town is a city that will surprise you with lots of activities to enjoy and lots of attractions to visit.

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