Sandy beaches. Dramatic mountains. Urban attractions. Cape Town has all three, and the combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan comforts puts this South African city right at the top of our travel wish list.BeachesCape Town’s beaches have soft sand, large sheltering stones and stunning landscapes. On the Atlantic shores the water is refreshingly cool, with warmer water for swimming and bathing found to the eastern coast along False Bay. A ten-minute drive from the city centre will take you to the Clifton beaches; four protected, sandy beaches in the well-to-do area of town. Other famous sunbathing spots include Camps Bay and Llandudno Beach.Food & DrinkWith Dutch, Malaysian and indigenous influences, the food in Cape Town is varied and exciting. Braaied (barbequed) meat and seafood are staples, and traditional dishes to look out for include chakalaka and pap, Cape Malay curry and Malva pudding, which is similar to sticky toffee pudding. For a local tipple, try the sweet, peppery Amarula liqueur or opt for Rooibos tea for a healthier option.CultureA true melting pot of a city, the Rainbow Nation’s legislative capital owes its vibrant culture to a diverse population. From Cape Dutch architecture to gumboot dancers, and events such as the Cape Winelands Film Festival and the International Kite Festival, there’s a new side to Cape Town around every corner.NightlifeMake a beeline for Long Street if you want to be in the heart of the action when the sun goes down. Clubs, bars and pubs abound in this party-loving part of the city. For a refined night out, visit the clubs of the Camps Bay Promenade. For a full weekend of music, get tickets for one of Cape Town’s outdoor trance festivals during Psytrance Season in summer. Important InformationFlight Time: 11.5 hoursTime Difference: +1hrCurrency: South African randOfficial Language: Afrikaans
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers from November to February averaging 21°C, and wet winters from May to August averaging 13°C.
Things To Do on Cape Town Holidays
WaterfrontHead down to Table Bay Harbour to visit the city’s celebrated shopping, entertainment and restaurant venues at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to come face to face with sharks and stingrays, or shop, wine and dine against the backdrop of the Victoria Basin and the Cape Fold Mountains.Table MountainWhy hike when you can conquer a mountain in comfort? Take the Aerial Cableway up the impressive, flat-topped Table Mountain. It takes five minutes, and the floor of the carriages rotate gently, giving unmatched 360° views. At the top you’ll find a restaurant, souvenir shops and stunning views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.Meet the PenguinsCheck out Foxy Beach, a sheltered, sandy bay where a colony of African penguins roam free. There’s no swimming allowed here – unless you have a beak and flippers - so head to Boulders Beach just along the coast if you fancy sharing the sand and sea with the local feathered friends.Wine TastingVisit the Constantia Valley for a historic wine route in a setting that will take your breath away. Home to traditional wine farms dating as far back as 1685, you’ll find a Sauvignon Blanc or Rhone-style red to suit even the pickiest wine enthusiast.