Cape Town – “Don’t listen to what they say – go and see”
Iconic Cape Town. Africa’s best city is in turn, cosmopolitan, relaxed and stunningly scenic. Superlatives abound for the Mother City. The oldest city in South Africa cape Town’s cultural heritage spans more than 300 years. Both the New York Times and the Times named Cape Town the best place to visit in the world in 2014 and upscale publications continually name it as the “Best City in the World”.
Cape Town really benefits from a truly wonderful and unique setting. Perhaps it is this that give the city its edge? Sandwiched at the foot of Table Mountain and the Atlantic ocean it is close on cinematic in scale. West of the City Bowl and Table Mountain, the Atlantic Seaboard is famous for by its beaches, cliffs, promenade and hillside communities. The area includes, the neighbourhoods of Green Point, Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. In the surrounding areas and hills, nature abounds. The local colourful fynbos vegetation. grows nowhere else in the world. Then, of course, there is the wider Cape Peninsula, basically included within Table Mountain National Park; eye-opening drives with steep mountain passes, attractive old-time fishing towns and harbours and a penguin colony. Finally, at the point the waters of the Indian and Atlantic oceans famously meet in this stunning area.
The city boasts world renowned restaurants with an eclectic mix of cuisine, theatres and art galleries add to a cultural vibe. With its Mediterranean climate, grapes thrive and of course the area and wider area has many wine farms some overlooking the city, with amazing wine to compliment the phenomenal cuisine. Of course, such a cosmopolitan well visited city has a range of wonderfully charismatic and luxurious hotels in which to unwind and be pampered, making this a wonderful end to any hectic and fun safari in Southern Africa.
Just an hour outside of Cape Town lie the Cape Winelands; the valleys containing the towns of beautiful towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Wine production first started here with the first foreign settlers to the Cape more than 300 years ago. The beautiful Mediterranean climate make this area the largest wine producing region in South Africa
renowned. The area is also remarkably picturesque and the towns of Stellenbosch (South Africa’s second oldest town after Cape Town) has Cape Dutch style colonial and a range of boutiques, art galleries and museums.
So, too does, “French Corner”, Franschhoek, established in the late 17th century as French Huguenot refugees settled in the area, this town boasts beautifully preserved Cape Dutch architecture along with dozens of outstanding restaurants, boutiques and contemporary art galleries.
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