Founded in 1652, Cape Town was identified as a stop for travellers and traders along their journey from Europe to Asia. Over the centuries the city has carried through this theme of rest, rejuvenation and revitalisation – becoming a holiday destination which boasts some of the best natural wonders in the world and a rich city life to match.
Cape Town has emerged as an iconic foodie city on any discerning travellers bucket list. With accomplished chefs (some with cult-like status and global followings), undeniably tasty cuisine and a variety of dishes showcasing local and international flavours, you can expect nothing less than delightful plating to rival some of the world’s very best. This summer is set to field a host of new restaurants – ranging from fine dining to bistro fare and exceptional brunching inbetween.
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Grapes, the source of any delicious wine, tend to be quite temperamental when it comes to producing something worth drinking. Fortunately, Cape Town provides all the climatic requirements for cultivating this unique fruit: long dry summers and cool wet winters provide the perfect starting point, as well as a maritime influence provided by the close proximity of the sea. Aside from climate, the terrain itself is a mixture of interesting soil types and varying degrees of altitude which add both versatility and diversity across the various local wine regions. All of this is supported by a tradition of over 350 years of winemaking – an ever-evolving art form.
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Adventure & Wellness
Surrounded by ocean, flanked by mountains and richly covered in local flora and fauna – there couldn’t be a more perfect culmination of every adventurer’s dream. Whether you like to hike and paraglide off mountains, surf exceptional wave breaks, kayak with African penguins, dive with sharks or jet-ski with dolphins – Cape Town has it all. And if your adventure-going is not as fast-paced, you can mindfully walk through forests, picnic on romantic wine farms, drive world-class passes and ride horses along soft white sandy beaches.
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Emerging as one of the worlds up and coming art destinations, Cape Town boasts impressive collections of stunning African art and international art. The opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, has placed the City of Cape Town firmly on the international art circuit. This was subsequently followed by the opening of the Norval Foundation Art Gallery, and supported by the existing National Art Gallery, local galleries, artists in residence and a unique display of exceptional street art.
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Cape Town embodies South Africa’s standing as a true rainbow nation. Home to both local peoples and foreign nationals (and a constant influx of international visitors) the city is a vibrant mix of culture, heritage, language, religion and cuisine. From the rich and unique Cape Malay heritage to the influence of Dutch settlers – it’s a unique and beautiful cosmopolitan city.
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Cape Town is well known for its diverse musical offering, which ranges from classical performances offered by the local Philharmonic Orchestra to the world-class annual Jazz festival, all the way to acoustic indie rock shows and weekend summer house and trance festivals. These events offer a musical selection to cater for all ages and tastes – there’s even a Sunday afternoon beach Samba for those looking to get into the rhythm!
With so much to offer, it’s easy to understand why so many people choose to spend the festive season down in Cape Town and why it has always been a place where everyone can feel welcome and relaxed.