Well finally we reach our number one city and while many of our friends and family members may have probably already guessed, we can now confirm that Our Number 1 Top City goes to the magnificent Cape Town.
A place we were lucky enough to call home for two years, Cape Town is undoubtedly the jewel of South Africa and absolutely deserves its name of “The Mother City”.
A city that has gone through many changes over the past 20 years, Cape Town still bears the scars of apartheid and the multiethnic population are still learning to live together, but despite this turbulent history it continues to shine as one of the world’s most stunning locations and I would happily pack my bags and return there tomorrow!
Cape Town is a sociable city where alfresco dinning, daily sundowners and weekend Braai’s (barbecues) are part of everyday life, and when you combine that with a stunning coastline, an iconic mountain, and some of South Africa’s finest wine regions, you have all the ingredients to create an idyllic holiday destination.
We were lucky enough to live along the Atlantic Seaboard in Camps Bay. A place where ‘the beautiful people’ spend their days relaxing on the gorgeous sandy beach before heading over to Caprice for lunch and sundowners, Camps Bay has a wonderful vibe and undoubtedly some of the best beaches in Cape Town.
Seapoint is another popular area for visitors as it provides excellent access to the rest of Cape Town from its prime seafront position. Green Point Stadium and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront shopping areas are within walking distance, and the city centre is a mere 5 minute taxi drive, so it really is the perfect location for those who want to be slap-bang in the middle of the action.
Dining opportunities in Cape Town are endless, the quality of food is superb and the restaurants can compete with any fine dining outlets in Europe. On a typical menu you can expect to find a collection of seafood dishes, steak, ostrich and a variety of South African game meats, in addition to the usual burgers and even fish & chips, so there really is something for everyone.
South African wines are, in our opinion, some of the best in the world and Cape Town is the gateway to numerous wine growing areas such as Stellenbosch, Wellington and Paarl. A trip to a winery is a must for anyone visiting the Western Cape, and with free wine tasting on every corner, it is wise to leave the car at the hotel and take an escorted tour!
There are numerous activities to keep you occupied in Cape Town, with Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Open Bus Tours being some of our favourites. A day trip to the Cape of Good Hope provides some wonderful photo opportunities, and if you want to see Cape Town from a different angle you could always take one of the many sunset cruises along the coast.
A city full of friendly faces, beautiful scenery, great hotels and all the activities one could possibly wish for, Cape Town has it all – and our next trip to the Rainbow Nation cannot come soon enough!