Cape Town's allure lies in its spectacular setting, the beauty of its natural environment, and the rich cultural diversity of its people. The city has had a long and turbulent history, and the effects of colonisation and Apartheid still linger in the minds and hearts of many. Transformation, however, has led to a feeling of hope, which can be experienced in the cosmopolitan city centre of Cape Town.
Cape Town's V&A Waterfront © coda
Flower sellers, business executives, parking attendants, office workers, and shoppers all rub shoulders in a setting of both historical and modern buildings, backed by the city's most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The colourful Malay Quarter, the remains of District Six, St George's Cathedral, Government Avenue, and the old Castle are historically interesting, while world-class African and international restaurants tempt travellers with their culinary delights. Although an African city, Cape Town has a marked European influence and visitors can experience the excitement of Africa from the comforts of upmarket surroundings.
Cape Town's unique setting means that views of the city can be enjoyed from various spectacular vantage points. Table Mountain, Lion's Head, and Signal Hill provide breathtaking vistas over the city bowl and the Cape peninsula, with its beautiful beaches. Trips to Robben Island offer a dramatic sweep of scenery across to Table Bay, while harbour tours and old buildings await exploration at the cosmopolitan Waterfront. Many scenic routes meander along magnificent stretches of coastline leading to special places like Cape Point and Chapman's Peak, which boasts one of the most picturesque stretches of road in the world.