Cape Town and Peninsula

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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  • 1. Blouberg Beach

    Blouberg

    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 is...Read More

  • 2. Boulders Beach

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

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  • 3. Cape Point

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 at...Read More

  • 4. Clifton Beach

    Clifton

    Almost always wind-free, these fantastic white-sand beaches are primarily enjoyed by locals, with certain sections known to attract certain crowds. Granite outcroppings divide the beach...Read More

  • 5. Hoerikwaggo Trail

    Table Mountain National Park

    A great way to get acquainted with Table Mountain and all its moods is to hike part of the Hoerikwaggo Trail, which opened in 2006....Read More

  • 6. Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

    Bo-Kaap

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

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  • 7. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

    Newlands

    Spectacular in each season, this renowned botanical garden was established in 1913, and was the first in the world to conserve and showcase a country's...Read More

  • 8. Norval Foundation

    Tokai

    A relatively new establishment, the Norval Foundation is a center for art and cultural expression, holding numerous prolific art exhibitions and events. Along with the...Read More

  • 9. Robben Island

    V&A Waterfront

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

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  • 10. Table Mountain

    Table Mountain National Park

    Table Mountain truly is one of Southern Africa's most beautiful and impressive natural wonders. The views from its summit are awe-inspiring. The mountain rises more...Read More

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  • 11. Two Oceans Aquarium

    V&A Waterfront

    This aquarium is widely considered one of the finest in the world. Stunning displays reveal the regional marine life of the warmer Indian Ocean and...Read More

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  • 12. Adderley Street

    Cape Town Central

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

  • 13. AGFA Amphitheatre

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Arts/Performance Venue

    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 there...Read More

  • 14. Angsana Spa

    Newlands | Spa–Sight

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

  • 15. Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Don't be fooled by its low-key, casual atmosphere, Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant serves seriously good food, worth a visit even without...Read More

  • 16. Buitenverwachting

    Constantia

    Once part of Dutch governor Simon van der Stel's original Constantia farm, Buitenverwachting (meaning "beyond expectation" and roughly pronounced "Bait-in-fur-VAGH-ting") boasts one of the most...Read More

  • 17. Buitenverwachting

    Constantia | Restaurant

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

  • 18. Café Roux

    Noordhoek | Restaurant

    Nestled behind Chapman's Peak—and minutes away from Noordhoek Beach—Café Roux is an unpretentious outdoor café with great homemade food and...Read More

  • 19. Camelot Spa at Mandela Rhodes Place

    Cape Town Central | Spa–Sight

    In the center of Cape Town's downtown business district, above the commerce of St. George's Mall, Camelot Spa sparkles with crystal light fixtures...Read More

  • 20. Camps Bay Beach

    Camps Bay

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

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