Cape Town and Peninsula 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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12 Apostles Spa

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Given its stunning situation, you'd expect more—as in a view. Thanks to its unique location as the only development past Camps Bay...

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...

Adderley Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

Originally named Heerengracht after a canal that once ran the length of the avenue, this street has always been Cape Town's principal...

Angsana Spa

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Spas are obviously big business these days, with most top hotels outsourcing this service, and the wellness element at the elegant Vineyard...

Blouberg Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Blouberg is divided into two parts: Big Bay, which hosts surfing and windsurfing contests, and Little Bay, better suited to sunbathers,...

Bo-Kaap Museum

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Built in the 18th century, this museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader...

Boulders Beach

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This series of small coves lies among giant granite boulders on the southern outskirts of Simon's Town. Part of Table Mountain National...

Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant

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Don't be fooled by its low-key, casual atmosphere, Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant serves seriously good food, worth a visit even...


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Once part of Dutch governor Simon van der Stel's original Constantia farm, Buitenverwachting (which means "beyond expectation" and is...


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Buitenverwachting serves great picnic lunches during the summer months (November–April) under the oaks on the estate's lawns. It's...


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