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. Robben Island

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Jail/Prison

    Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela, this island, whose name is Dutch for "seals," has a long and sad history. At...Read More

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  • 2. Bo-Kaap Museum

    Bo-Kaap | Museum/Gallery

    Built in the 18th century, this museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader in the...Read More

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  • 3. Camps Bay Beach

    Camps Bay | Beach

    The spectacular western edge of Table Mountain, known as the Twelve Apostles, provides the backdrop for this long, sandy beach that slopes gently...Read More

  • 4. Castle of Good Hope

    Cape Town Central | Castle/Palace

    Despite its name, the castle isn't the fairy-tale fantasy type but rather a squat fortress that hunkers down as if to avoid shellfire. Built...Read More

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  • 5. Company's Garden

    Cape Town Central | Garden

    One of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets is also a great place to seek relief from a sweltering summer day if the beach is packed. These lush, landscaped...Read More

  • 6. District Six Museum

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Buitenkant Methodist Church, this museum preserves the memory of one of Cape Town's most vibrant multicultural neighborhoods and...Read More

  • 7. Llandudno Beach

    Llandudno | Beach

    Die-hard fans return to this beach again and again, and who can blame them? Its setting, among giant boulders at the base of a mountain, is...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Gold of Africa Museum

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    This museum in the historic Martin Melck House chronicles the history and artistry of African gold and houses arguably one of the best collections...Read More

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