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14 Reasons Why Cape Town is the Worlds Favourite City

Posted on Thursday, 03rd Jul 2014


It comes as no surprise that the New York Times recently rated Cape Town as the no 1 place to visit in 2014, out of a possible 52 destinations. What makes this city so popular, you may ask? We compiled a list with 14 reasons why Cape Town is truly the city to visit and explore.

1) The World in One City

Multi-cultural influences and the welcoming atmosphere to international immigrants and tourists alike, make Cape Town a truly international city which accommodates many cultures and nationalities.

2) Unique Floral Kingdom 

The City of Cape Town has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any equivalent area in the world. It is home to a total of 19 different vegetation types, of which several are completely endemic to the city and occur nowhere else in the world. It is also the only habitat of hundreds of endemic species, and hundreds of others which are severely restricted or threatened. This enormous species diversity is mainly because the city is uniquely located at the convergence point of several different soil types and micro-climates.


3) Climate

Cape Town has a Mediterranean Climate, which means mild winters (with some rain) and fantastic sunny weather in the summer. Strong winds might occur in summer, but perfect days with only a slight breeze are more common.

4) Table Mountain

Voted as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain watches over Cape Town as one of the most recognised landmarks in the world. When visiting Cape Town, one of the Must-do activities is a ride up the Cable Way to view the city and surrounds op top of the mountain. The scenery is simply breathtaking!

5) Beaches with Blue Flag Status 

A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. Cape Town has 8 beaches adhering to this criteria! The Blue Flag beaches for the 2012/2013 season are: Bikini Beach (Gordon’s Bay), Camps Bay Beach, Clifton 4th Beach, Mnandi Beach, Muizenberg Beach, Strandfontein Beach (near Strandfontein), Llandudno Beach and Silwerstroomstrand.

6) Shopping

Cape Town has various shopping centres, but surely the V&A Waterfront (Victorian Wharf) and Canal Walk are the biggest attractions for both tourists and locals alike. Find the biggest and also unique brands all in one centre, and take some time to have a bite at the top-class restaurants while taking a break from your shopping spree.

7) World-class Event Venues

A prominent feature to the Mother City (as affectionately known by Capetonians) is the Cape Town International Convention Centre. But do not forget other exceptional venues which can accommodate large groups in various picturesque areas including the Cape Winelands, City Centre and Atlantic Seaboard.

8) Wine 

The Cape Winelands is renowned for its wine – and the scenery on the wine farms! Since the 17th Century, Cape Town and surrounds have gained international stature as one of the best wine regions in the world. A visit to Cape Town is not complete unless you have not enjoyed the fine wines offered by the region.

9) History

Cape Town has a remarkable wealth of history – from the original visits by Vasco Da Gama and Bartholomeu Diaz en route to the Spice Route, to the Anglo-Boer War with the British and the arrival of the French Huguenots. One of the most important, and recent historic landmarks of Cape Town is, of course, Robben Island, were Madiba (Nelson Mandela) was held captive for 27 years for his fight against apartheid in South Africa.

10) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

It contains protected natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. There are over 7,000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species of the Cape Floristic Region. Kirstenbosch has by named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

11) Travel and Transport

Cape Town has a very well developed public transport system, including rapid transport bus feeder routes, taxis and transfer vehicles. Also of significant importance is the Cape Town International Airport, which is the most important port of entry for the majority of tourists visiting South Africa. Other transport includes rail, sea, road and external bus services.

12) Education

Other than having two of the leading universities in the world, various colleges and technicons, Cape Town is also a very popular destination for international students to do their internships, community programs or to further their studies.

13) Tourism Hot Spots: Cape Town has too many attractions to mention. Some of the most popular attractions are: Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, The Whale Route, Cape Winelands, Muizenberg and surrounds, Robben Island and many more.

14) Architecture

Cape Town is noted for its architectural heritage, with the highest density of Cape Dutch style buildings in the world. Cape Dutch style, which combines the architectural traditions of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia, is most visible in Constantia, the old government buildings in the Central Business District. Cape Town has also been named as the 2014 World Design Capital, a feat showing that the modern architectural influence on the city is also receiving international acclaim.


What is your favourite aspect of Cape Town?

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