Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph, Cape Town is one of the places you just have to visit before you die. It's an awesome city. All the vibe you want - great parties, great shopping and loads of galleries and other cultural attractions can't detract from the fact that what makes Cape Town special is the fact that it is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Even Sir Francis Drake, who'd pretty much seen it all, called Cape Point the 'fairest cape in all the circumference of the world'. It's a needle-sharp promontory, which - contrary to marketing hype - does not divide the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic. But Capetonians claim it does and you can often see a line of foam heading straight out from the point - possibly all the way to Antarctica - which certainly divides the False Bay Coastline on the east from the Atlantic Seaboard on the west.

And the Peninsula Mountain Chain forms a high-lying spine all the way from Cape Point to Table Mountain above the city. Most of this high lying ground is part of the Table Mountain National Park, which also includes Boulders Beach and its penguins, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that showcases South Africa's fabulous floral heritage as well as hosting some great concerts among the flowers. Table Mountain is the soul of Cape Town - its emotional heart and touchstone. Many Capetonians escape to the slopes of the mountain on weekends and after work as a regular - well, it's almost a pilgrimage. There are literally hundreds of walks on the mountain. Cape Town is the epicentre of the Cape Floral Region, which is a world heritage site. Another great thing about the Peninsula and its mountains is that Cape Town has virtually two different climates in one city. When the wind is blowing on one side, the beaches should be warm and sheltered on the other - and even when it's raining on one side, you may get bright sunshine on the other.

It's all a kind of yin yang thing - opposites balancing - the dark and light side of the mountain and all that esoteric stuff. And speaking of which - Cape Town is not just a beautiful city with fantastic beaches, a national park, an awesome mountain and beautiful flowers. No - it's also a great city. It's a place where residents and visitors alike work hard and play even harder.

Cape Town accommodation is plentiful and there’s something to suit every budget but it is highly advisable to book ahead, especially over the Christmas season (December to mid-February) and during the Argus Cycle Tour (usually mid-March). The greatest density of Cape Town hotels, boutique hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, guest houses and self catering apartments and holiday villas are situated in the City Bowl area and immediate South Atlantic Seaboard belt, all within a 10 minute drive from Cape Town City Centre and the V&A Waterfront. Highly desirable suburbs like Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht spill down the slopes of Table Mountain towards Gardens, Cape Town City Centre, De Waterkant and the exclusive Waterfront. From the Waterfront the dazzling Atlantic coastline curves south, fringed by the seaside suburbs of Green Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay the ultra glamorous suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay.

Unless you tie on a blindfold and lock yourself in your hotel room, there is absolutely no way you can get bored in Cape Town. There are so many things to do. If you're into shopping, the V&A Waterfront is just one of many shopoholic's dream venues but it stands out as it has so much more - boat trips, the embarkation point for the Robben Island ferry, the Two Oceans Aquarium, loads of interesting historical buildings and some of the city's best hotels with possibly the best views in the world. Cape town offers a whole range of exciting adventure activities, great birding, awesome whale watching, historical buildings, and dozens of museums outlining the city's fascinating history and its many cultures.

An easy day trip from Cape Town, the Winelands offer great scenery, white-washed gabled farmhouses nestling in bright green vineyards, lovely little restaurants, great coffee shops and - of course - wine tasting sales and cellar tours. When the sun goes down you can choose between hundreds of great restaurants and a huge range of funky pubs, vibey clubs and a wide selection of movies, theatre and live music. Cape Town is also home to one of the most outrageous parties in the world. The Mother City Queer Project is a themed costume party in December that is fast becoming one of the most popular gatherings - certainly in South Africa - and possibly the world. And shortly thereafter, the traditional Kaapse Klopse minstrel dancers take over parts of the city streets in a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years to the era when slavery was legal in Cape Town. Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes.

Other areas close to Cape Town you may like to explore include the dramatic West Coast, which offers great birding along the shores of Langebaan Lagoon, Namaqualand, which has even more spectacular spring flowers, and the Overberg, famous for land-based whale watching. It also features lovely flowers in spring. Cape Town is not the best game viewing destination in South Africa, but there is some small game at Cape Point and there are a few game farms a short distance from the city, but they're not really up to the standard of the game reserves further north and east.

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Sea Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Sea Point as a location
Very good location for a tourist wishing to see the main attractions in Cape Town. Traffic can become hectic though. Good for sightseeing and walking. Many restaurants to choose from. Easy access to the Waterfront, Table Mountain etc.
Tanya Klements
South Africa

Bantry Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Easy Base location
This really is an ideal base for all of Cape Town.Its quiet and 2 mins from a lovely beach.Town and Clifton and Camps Bay are equal distance and only a bus or short cab trip away.Would never stay in Town or Camps Bay after staying in ths area.Shops and Restaurants varied and near.Clean and safe,
Alan Nunn
Anguilla

Strand
Town of Helderberg

Very Nice
Not over-commercialized yet, with everything you need. You are still close to all the other places around Cape Town, so it is a good destination.
Nico Weitsz
South Africa

Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Fascinating and friendly and grand views
A lovely harbour hamlet, quiet, country feel? With sweeping views of bay and surrounding mountains. Great fish restaurants, plenty of olde worlde charm, country feel, relaxed, markets and interesting boat trips out to see the seals etc....a definite must when visiting Cape Town and a pleasant village in which to stay to recharge tiring travel batteries.
Colin Minton
South Africa

Bloubergrant
Suburb of Bloubergstrand

Bloubergstrand
I love Bloubergrant. My favourite place in Cape Town. Everyone is always busy walking or running or cycling. Always something going on. We go park at the beach and then you also get a beautiful view of Table mountain. It also has shopping centres a few minutes drive away. It is also a dog lovers paradise.
Wendy Vice
South Africa

Camps Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

stunning beach
Safe beach resort close to Cape Town at the door of Table Mountain. Fantastic beach front with a great selection of restaurants. Friendly locals and a safe family resort.
rachael cowell
England

Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Ideal destination place
Ideally positioned - in the heart of everything one wants to do and experience in Cape Town.
Lindi Mophuti
South Africa

Simons Town
Suburb of South Peninsula

Crystal Bay
Simonstown is a quaint little fishing village along the East Coast of Cape Town with quirky little restaurants and shops. A must is upstairs at The Meeting place. We had their burgers and chips which were the best we have ever had. The restaurant Saveur for the best seafood in town. Also took wonderful day trips from Simonstown to Kalk Bay and the anther to Cape Point both of which are a must.
Darlene Smith
South Africa

Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Lovely Hout Bay
Lovely place, beaches, mountains, close to Cape Town, fantastic people too. Visited on holiday from England two years ago and liked it so much we bought a place and now stay most of the year. Great restaurants and bars. Downside would be the stink emanating from the fish factory which seems to bathe the town with a smell so bad it spoils the place. Sadly it seems worse this year than in previous years. Prevents you from eating out, sitting on the beach etc as it's so bad. If you visit and use a gym avoid The Edge gym, it's dire!! Dirty, lots of broken equipment which never gets repaired (cross...
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Scarlett Scarlet

Bloubergrant
Suburb of Bloubergstrand

First time visit and loved the area
It is truly a beautiful place to be. Close enuff to escape the bustle of city but still be able to get there if needed. Loved the ease with which we could get around. The views towards the mountain and across Cape Town town is truly magnificent. If I ever decide to move back to South Africa, this will be the place I'll be looking at settling.
Esti Booysen de Jong
England

Woodstock
Suburb of Southern Suburbs

Thriving
Woodstock is thriving with creatives, designers, artists and foodies alike.Check out Cape Town Food Pirates market, Woodstock Exhange and pay a visit to the eateries and bars in Roodebloem Road.Close to CBD with easy access to public transport.
Reinhardt Jobse
South Africa

Gordons Bay
Town of Helderberg

Quietly unique
Gordon's Bay is like a quiet cul de sac - nothing much happens there, and that's a good thing and a bad thing, depending. It's full of local character (and oddball characters), has gorgeous views and fine weather most of the time, and is cheaper to stay in than Somerset West or Strand. Getting to Cape Town takes about an hour each way, and it's well off the wine route, so it's not a good choice as a centre of operations. The beach is rocky, with lovely rock pools, and there are some classic pubs strung along the beachfront.
Francis Bryan
South Africa

Gordons Bay
Town of Helderberg

Gordons Bay
Gordons Bay is just fabulous and so relaxing. Everywhere you go is peaceful and great for the soul. I live in Cape Town and will for sure make this my break away spot in future as it feels like you have arrived when you are in Gordons Bay. What a superb place to have a good rest.Leon & Eleanor
Eleanor van Zyl
South Africa

Kommetjie
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Cute little town - quiet
Loved it! Turned out to be a great 'base of operations' for seeing the whole Cape Town area.
Dennis Brant
United States of America

Blouberg
Town of Atlantic Seaboard North

Blouberg
Loved the cleanliness of the area and the views are absolutely stunning. Only thing we did not enjoy was the wind. Also quite enjoyed that this part of Cape Town was not so busy.
Corlett Joseph
South Africa

Big Bay
Suburb of Bloubergstrand

A beautiful destination in Cape Town
Big Bay is a beautiful destination to visit or stay at when visiting Cape Town. With clean streets and bus stops, it is easy to access attractions and go sight seeing. Definitely a must see destination!
Jarryd Norton
South Africa

Big Bay
Suburb of Bloubergstrand

Lovely beaches
Lovely, still got the vibe like Cape Town, but not as noisy. Suitable for families who still want a beach holiday,but with all that Cape Town has to offer just a short drive away. The best of both worlds. My 3 year old loved it!
Beverley Sam
South Africa

Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Nice area
Lots to do, very clean and had loads of fun. Wonderful place to stay in Cape Town.
Werner Leonard
South Africa

De Waterkant
Suburb of City Bowl

Nice part of town.
Make sure you visit De Waterkant whilst in Cape Town!
Johan Pansegrouw
South Africa

Bloubergrant
Suburb of Bloubergstrand

Excellent for drying your washing in a hurry!
We found it suited our purpose because the roads were easy to travel on and not gridlocked like so many roads in Cape Town. Good eating restaurants in the area.
Nola Bradbury
South Africa