Cape Town Sights

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession

with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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AGFA Amphitheatre

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If the scattered benches looking out at the harbour activity are full, this open-air space is a good spot to eat your take-way lunch—if...

Chavonne's Cannon Battery Museum

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An archeological sight housing the remains of Cape Town's oldest cannon battery, this museum, which opened in 2008, reconstructs the...

Robben Island

  • Jail

Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela, this island, whose name is Dutch for "seals," has a long and sad history.

Shimmy Beach Club

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A bit of vibey Ibiza in laid-back Cape Town, this beach club is well regarded as a fun and stylish place to hang out, and it's even family-friendly...

South African Maritime Centre

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Inside the Union-Castle House, this museum explains the Cape's long history with the sea. Recently renovated, the center documents the...

Two Oceans Aquarium

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This aquarium is widely considered one of the finest in the world. Stunning displays reveal the marine life of the warm Indian Ocean...

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