Guestpost by Guy Arnold
When it comes to Cape Town, there aren’t just the run-of-the-mill expectations of a city to which so many of us have become accustomed. This city stands out for dozens of reasons: it possesses an historical and cultural background which is known throughout the world. Because of this, museums, world heritage sites, and monuments populate the city like houses in a street.
However, if you’re more of a nature-lover, fear not. Cape Town lies on South Africa’s south westerly coast, adding the extra bonus of vast beaches and incredible geographical formations lining their cliffs.
From Big Bay beach in the north, right down to the city’s southern-most pinpoint, Diaz Beach, and all the beauty in between, the outdoorsy folk among us will certainly not be disappointed with the choices on offer.
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Moses Beach in Cape Town
But, what if there’s two of you on the trip, and there’s a conflict of interest? Cape Town’s got that covered, too. Combining the spectacular views and gorgeous scenery with a dash of historical interest, take a ferry trip to the little patch of rock which has split from the mainland, Robben Island.
You’ll need to provide about three to four hours of your day to make this trip well worth it. In fact, it’s more of a tour, so timing is pretty rigid, regardless.
The half an hour ferry trip sails from the Clock Tower Precinct at V&A Waterfront and, once at the island, visitors are taken on a tour of the island itself as well as its prison, which was once the home of Nelson Mandela.
Minstrels in Cape Town
Once you’re back on dry land and, if you’re feeling peckish, be sure to pay a visit to one of the city’s fine restaurants. Dining out in Cape Town is a real treat, both on the stomach, and the eyes, especially if it’s somewhere in Blouberg.
Blouberg is a district right on the coast, pretty much directly opposite Robben Island. With stunning views of Table Top Mountain in the background, and a plate of the finest traditional, Italian or seafood (to name but a few) dishes in front of you, it’s definitely a recipe for a perfect lunchtime or evening occasion.
Sunset in Camps Bay
To round of a day in Cape Town, you won’t be hard pressed in spotting the odd tavern, bar, or lounge down one of the city’s roads. Each possesses a warm, relaxed atmosphere and serves up delicious beers, wines and spirits to see you off nicely into the night.
Alternatively, there are as many clubs as there are bars, and partying starts late and finishes early. Whatever happens, Cape Town is a city of variety, history and natural beauty rolled into one, causing even the easiest of people to please a momentary head scratch.
Guy Arnold, from leafy Hertfordshire, England, who is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. Specialising in poetry, and travel writing being a new passion!
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