The new installment of the five must-see spots series covers one of the most fascinating cities I've ever been to: Cape Town. In the spirit of full disclosure, these five spots represent about half of the amazing range of attractions that the city and surrounding outskirts have to offer. But for now, I'll be focusing on the spots I discovered during our last trip, back in 2013. We can't wait to come back!
Table Mountain is probably the most significant landmark of the city. As the name implies, what makes this mountain special is its flat top, not to mention the jaw-dropping view you get from up there. Last time we visited, we used the cableway, but Michael, who has been in the area nine times (!) hiked his way to the top on several occasions. It is important to have a clear, sunny day, to fully enjoy the experience.
Victoria & Albert Waterfront is an entertainment oasis nestled by the city's iconic harbour and surrounded by the magnificent Table Mountain. All the great shopping, leasure activities and a very impressive culinary scene make of the V&A Waterfront the ultimate fun destination for both locals and tourists.
Camps Bay is an affluent suburb located in between the beach and the so-called Twelve Apostles, a group of small mountain peaks that run along Cape Town's coastline -which includes, of course, Table Mountain. It's definitely my favorite area to stay to enjoy the beach and great restaurants, like The Hussar Grill -a favorite steak house!
This headline across the Atlantic coastline affords scenic views and makes for a fun/intense-yet-doable hike. The Cape is also known as the most south-western point of the African coast. It makes for a great day trip -it is located 70 km away from Cape Town. On the way back you can always stop on Boulders beach (see #5)
Boulders beach is famous for the colony of African penguins that settled there during the eighties. Needless to say, witnessing the group of African penguins hanging out on such a paradisiac beach feels like being in the middle of a Pixar movie. It's quite an experience.
We cannot wait to come back. South Africa is a fascinating country!