Captivating Cape Town
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Each week we showcase some of the images from this group on our blog. This week we showcase a few highlights of Cape Town, or the Mother City, as it is affectionately known.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Peninsula. The Point is said to have the cleanest air in the world for the strong south-easterly winds that blow here in the summer months. Catch it on a calm day and it is simply breathtaking.
On the Atlantic Seaboard, you will find beautiful, white, sandy beaches loved by international and local visitors alike. The place to be seen is at Camps Bay (pictured below). Come sunset on a hot summer's day, and the beach will take on a party atmosphere as picnickers lay out their blankets to watch the sun set into the Atlantic Ocean.
Take in a view of Cape Town at night from Signal Hill, which looks out over a city that is famous for its vibrant nightlife and award-winning restaurants.
Carnival Court is something of a landmark in Long Street, which is popular with backpackers. During the day, linger over a cappuccino at a sidewalk café, browse for vintage clothes or pop into one of the second-hand bookshops along this lively shopping strip.
The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront has a fascinating display of marine life from the Indian and Atlantic oceans, which come together off the Cape coast. After visiting the aquarium, you can order something to eat in the adjoining restaurant and enjoy a view over the harbour.
Cheek-by-jowl with the city centre is the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter, where most of these colourful houses date back to the mid-18th century. Residents of this area still have a strong cultural attachment to their slave heritage, and this is one of the best places to sample the unique Cape Malay cuisine.
The Green Point Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is an elegant structure that doubles as a venue for concerts by the likes of Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay cycle race held in March each year attracts up to 35 000 participants from all over the country. Riders have to circumnavigate the Peninsula to complete the nearly 110km course. Here they negotiate the main road of the seaside town of Simon's Town on route to Cape Point.
A helicopter ride is the ultimate way to take in the majesty of the Mother City, offering sweeping views of the mountains and the sea, including these peaks known as the Twelve Apostles.
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