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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Adderley Street

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

Blouberg Beach

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A half-hour drive north of Cape Town, this is the beach from which all those iconic "sea with Table Mountain" postcards are shot. Blouberg...

Bo-Kaap Museum

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Most guided tours of the Malay quarter include a visit to this 18th-century home, which originally belonged to well-known Turkish scholar...

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...


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

Camps Bay Beach

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The spectacular western edge of Table Mountain, known as the Twelve Apostles, provides the backdrop for this long, sandy beach that slopes...

Cape Point Nature Reserve

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Cape Point is a dramatic knife's edge of rock that slices into the Atlantic. Looking out to sea from the viewing platform, you feel you're...

Cape Town Diamond Museum

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This small museum attached to the Shimansky boutique tells the fascinating history of the little stones that played such a big role in...

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

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The center is both a memorial to the 6 million Jews and other victims who were killed during the Holocaust and an education center whose...

Castle of Good Hope

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Despite its name, the castle isn't the fairy-tale fantasy type but rather a squat fortress that hunkers down as if to avoid shellfire.


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