Worlds Meet in Cape Town
If you are wondering which continent to honor with your presence this winter, here is a hint for you: how about visiting all three at the same time? If you just can’t choose between old Europe’s refined architecture, exotic Asia’s tempting cuisine or black Africa’s tribal mysteries, you simply don’t have to because Cape Town has them all, and more. The South African rainbow city is overloaded with cultures from three continents to give you the unique sensation of being nowhere and all around the world at the same time. All you need to do is check for a hotel at mydestination.com/capetown and prepare to be overwhelmed.
Long years of Dutch and British colonial rule have left a clear mark on Cape Town’s architecture. You can admire the beautiful Victorian warehouses, now shopping centres, at the V& A Waterfront – the liveliest place in town. There you can feel the true multicultural spirit of the city as you linger for hours in the colourful African shops, lunch with a spicy Asian menu and give in to the irresistible Dutch ice cream. A visit to the Two Oceans aquarium is a must followed by a cup of hot rooibos at an open-air cafe with live Cape Town jazz for your delight. The romantics can enjoy an unforgettable sunset boat trip starring the dark-blue Atlantic, the shimmering city and the magnificent Table Mountain at its back.
Table Mountain is one of the wonders of Cape Town and you’ll agree more and more as you approach its 1000m flat top up the 360° Cableway. The spectacular views of the city, the endless blue waves framed by white beaches and the majestic nature around them will stay with you forever. From above you will also see a deserted region in the middle of the urban area – the former all-whites District 6, reminiscing the apartheid past of Cape Town. For more national history a sail straight to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, is obligatory.
Other compulsory visits include a stop at Boulders Beach to greet the charming 27inch South African stars from the penguin colony then have a cocktail at Bikini Beach – the exclusive white shore populated by exclusively tanned people ignoring the exclusively cold waters of the Atlantic.
There is even more Cape Town splendour at Cape Point where it is (wrongly) believed that the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet. The views are nevertheless feasts of nature and the Flying Dutchman Funicular will take you to the lighthouse where you can spot the once terrifying Cape of Good Hope where many ships found their ruin.
The best way to end your around-the-world daily exploration in Cape Town is in one of its restaurants, especially in the Long Street area. Don’t be scandalised if they serve you ostrich, crocodile or kudu steaks, and instead give in to the mesmerizing traditional African rhythms and relax with a glass or two of perfumed South African wine coming from the sun-filled wine lands around the marvellous city, sitting on the ‘cape’ of the world.