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. Blouberg Beach

    Blouberg | Beach

    Blouberg is divided into two parts: Big Bay, which hosts surfing and windsurfing contests, and Little Bay, better suited to sunbathers, rock...Read More

  • 2. South African Museum

    Cape Town Central | Promenade

    This museum has some excellent examples of rock art that will give you insight into the ancient Khoisan culture. The museum also has an interesting...Read More

  • 3. St. George's Mall

    Cape Town Central | Promenade

    This promenade stretches from St. George's Cathedral through the city center to the financial district, which isn't that far. Shops and cafés...Read More

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