Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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  • 1. Cape Town Holocaust Centre

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    The center is both a memorial to the 6 million Jews and other victims who were killed during the Holocaust and an education center whose aim...Read More

  • 2. City Bowl Market

    Gardens | Market/Bazaar

    Experience real Cape Town local life every Thursday from 5 pm in this rented church hall space. With fresh produce, a wide variety of really...Read More

  • 3. Librisa

    Gardens | Spa–Sight

    An oasis of elegant calm in the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel's bucolic English gardens, this spa has a glassed-in relaxation room with stunning...Read More

  • 4. Mount Nelson Hotel

    Gardens | Hotel

    Government Avenue ends opposite the impressive gateway to the Mount Nelson Hotel, complete with two pith-helmeted gatekeepers. The Nellie, as...Read More

  • 5. South African Jewish Museum

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Old Synagogue—South Africa's first synagogue, built in 1863—this museum lies adjacent to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and spans...Read More

  • 6. South African National Gallery

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    This museum houses a good collection of 19th- and 20th-century European art, but its most interesting exhibits are the South African works,...Read More

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