Travel guide to Cape Town
Cape Town is located in the south west corner of South Africa and is the country's second largest city. It is also the legislative capital and is just a short distance from a number of world class attractions including South Africa's world-famous Cape Winelands. This travel guide will highlight some of the city's best sights and attractions.
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Table mMuntain is one of the best known icons of Cape Town. Whether you choose to hike the mountain or ride the cable car to the top, your visit to this famous landform is sure to be a memorable one. There is a nice little cafe serving up refreshments at the top. The last cable car down the mountain is at 9pm.
Robben Island is located just of the coast of Cape Town. During the apartheid period, this was the place where many political prisoners were held, including Nelson Mandela and the late Walter Sisulu. A visit here is a must for anyone remotely interested in South African history. Tours run several times a day and last around three and a half hours.
Bo-Kaap, also known as the 'Malay Quarter', is a colourful neighbourhood that's vibrant and multicultural, complete with a wide choice of cuisines, exquisite examples of South African architecture, quaint streets and historical buildings. The Bo-Kaap Museum is well worth a visit while you're in the area. The nearby Noon Gun is fired at noon every day from Monday to Saturday - and there's a short ceremony beforehand that can make for an exciting viewing.
The Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest surviving building. It was built between 1666 and 1679 and has extensive displays of historical military paraphernalia.
Don't visit Cape Town without taking a visit to the nearby wine growing regions of Constantia Valley and the Cape Winelands.