02 Mar reason #4 to travel to South Africa: Cape Town
Cape Town, what a wonderful place
Both locals and travellers agree. Cape Town is wonderful and no wonder that its population is so international. it´s a fact that many people from other countries around the world decide to settle here. It is incredibly beautiful and the city has it all, you will fall in love.
Imagine a super cosmopolitan city that follows the forefront of the latest trends. Good restaurants, charming markets, incredible beaches, endless activities to do, you can´t never get bored, and that makes it ideal for both locals and for your vacation destinations.
Imagine this scenario, the city located at the foot of one of the most exotic and ancient mountains in the world, Table Mountain. An impressive geological and geographical formation, which undoubtedly gives all the character and personality to the city. Surrounded by parks and nature reserves like the Cape of Good Hope, the Twelve Apostles, and the Atlantic Ocean at its feet. The setting is undoubtedly unbeatable and makes it a unique and special place.
What to do in Cape town
Do you love nature? You can make excursions and hikes to the Cape of Good Hope National Park, Table Mountain, Lion´s Head or the Twelve Apostles. All of them quite accessible for the whole family and with incredible views. You will see from above the city and its many bays, really beautiful.
Did you know, for example, that Table Mountain began to emerge from the ocean about 300 million years ago? Fascinating to be able to walk and explore the oldest mountain in the world. Where you will also discover the incredible flora of the Cape. With more than 9600 plant species, it is considered one of the most diverse and rich in the world, recognized by UNESCO. A spectacle of nature where you will delight in taking photos.
But if yours is the beach or adventure sports, I recommend surfing in Muizemberg, Big Bay or for the more advanced in Dungeons (Hout Bay). They combine beautiful landscapes with good waves and movie sunsets. Cape Town was the first city outside of Europe to receive blue flags, no less than 10 of its beaches. This means that, you will find protected environments, with clean waters also with good and safe accesses and facilities
Or maybe the white shark sighting in Gansbaai is your thing. Or even if you dare, you can paraglide and fly over the city. Can you imagine the sights from up there?
And when you have no more adrenaline to spend, you can relax with a good menu accompanied by a good local wine. For South Africans, eating and drinking is a very important social and enjoyable act, as the weather invites you to get together and have a lot of life outside. So you will find very good restaurants in Cape Town. I recommend that you try here, near the coast, the fish and seafood if you like it. It will be much fresher and more tasty than in the interior of the country.
Walking the streets of Cape Town
We continue walking through the markets of the City, which are a delight. I suggest the vintage and antique market on Church Street, where you will find everything. Or also The Old Biscuit Mill, a classic that follows the forefront of Cape Town, with a lot of young artisan entrepreneurs, artists and chefs, there is a great atmosphere here. You will find curious details, clothes, books, art and objects handmade with a lot of love. And of course, food and drink, not to be missed.
To finish this post I could not forget to mention the neighbourhoods of Bo-Kaap (you will be surprised) or Victoria & Alfred Waterpoint. The latter is the port docklands of the city where there are several shopping centers, restaurants, cafes. And from where you can embark to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
To mention also, that Cape Town is very close to other very attractive points such as the Wine Route or visit the cities closest to Cape Town included in the Garden Route.
Don´t miss reading my tips about cape town
My Tip: check out well what can you doin the city or nearby. What is mentioned above are only few examples. There are so many activities, places and things you can choose from that sometimes is not easy to find exactly what is more suitable for you. How can we help you?
My Tip: I highly suggest you to spend several days in Cape Town and neraby when staying in South Africa, it really woth it. We stayed two night the first time, and felt was ot enough.
My Tip: adding a personal touch here. Who wants an incredible dinner at the Olympia Cafe in Kalk Bay? You can do of this experience a little trip and combine a breathtaking panoramic route with a lovely dinner. The car trip is just over an hour from center of Cape Town. I recomend you to leave in the afternoon before sunset and follow the M6 road from the city bordering the Table Mountain National park to Kalk Bay and enjoy an early evening. Olymlia Cafe is not luxurious but has a fascinating decadent charm and the best mussels I ever tried (and I´m spanish, meaning we have very good seafood) and an excellent bread. Believe me , Bread is not the strong thing in the south african gastronomy. Will be a memorable eve.