25 July 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Peaceful Port Elizabeth

The ‘Friendly City’ is filled with many attractions, and the friendly people you meet along the way will make your experience that much more interesting.

Part of the Port Elizabeth boardwalk – one of the many highlights of this Eastern Cape city. Photo courtesy of Basil, aka bilwander

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Port Elizabeth, or PE as it's known to South Africans, has been nicknamed the 'Friendly City', and a walk or jog along one of the designated paths near the beach (below) is a great way to put this to the test. Although, while enjoying the view, be sure to hold on to your hats and loose items as PE's other nickname is the 'Windy City'.

Photo courtesy of Mel de k, aka meeeeeeeeeel

Book an ocean trip and you may be lucky enough to see a whale, like this humpback disappearing back into the deep, blue sea.

Photo courtesy of Martin Smith, aka Kingfisher Safaris

The Boardwalk Hotel is a Victorian-style, five-star hotel with a casino, spa, convention centre and children's entertainment activities. Even if you don't spend a night in this hotel, a day visit is just as rewarding. It is not far from the spectacular Hobie Beach and Port Elizabeth's bustling boardwalk.

Photo courtesy of Randall Langenhoven, aka WITHIN the FRAME Photography

Another architectural attraction is the Port Elizabeth City Hall, which was built in the mid-19th century. The gorgeous clock tower was added later in the same century. Other than housing the offices of city council employees, it is also used as a concert hall and lecture hall, and houses the Council Chambers. The City Hall is located in Market Square.

Photo courtesy of ihs44n

Sir Rufane Donkin was a former acting governor of the Cape Colony who named this city in honour of his late wife, Elizabeth, in 1820 and also erected the Donkin Pyramid in her honour. This pyramid is located in the Donkin Reserve in Belmont Terrace. The view of the city from this location is a must-see.

Photo courtesy of Michael Jansen, aka brainstorm1984

For train enthusiasts, Sydenham is a great place to see an authentic 15AR 4-8-2 steam train, an interesting example of train technology of yesteryear.

Photo courtesy of loose_grip_99

The peaceful port is a fantastic place for a relaxed seaside vacation with lovely natural and man-made attractions. Visit it and see for yourself!

Category: Attractions

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