This list of the best places to see in Cape Town It will help you to know a city full of contrasts, located in a spectacular natural environment.
With a jewel of the landscape that surrounds the city like Table Montain, a flat-topped mountain declared one of the new seven wonders of the world, Cape Town is a city that gradually hooks up, to small sips.
In addition to the panoramic views from this summit, the city falls in love with its pleasant weather all year round, an excellent wine culture, a varied cuisine, wild white sand beaches and charming places such as the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, Long Street or the botanical garden of Kirstenbosch.
Based on the experience of the 4 days we spent visiting the city and surroundings during our trip to South Africa in 25 days, we have created this list of what we think are, the 10 essential places to visit in Cape Town. We start!
1. Table Mountain
Table Mountain or Table Mountain is the emblem of the city and one of the places to see in Cape Town more beautiful. Unlike other mountains, Table Mountain has a flat top about three kilometers long that in the distance has a certain resemblance to a table and hence its curious name.
To reach the top of the mountain and its spectacular viewpoints, you have the option of using the funicular or walking up. If you use the funicular it is advisable to check the official page where you can see if it is operational or closed due to adverse weather conditions. Because of the strong wind we had to wait two days to use the funicular, something that forced us to change the plans we had in Cape Town, exchanging days and that we could do it thanks to knowing the weather forecasts.
If you choose to walk up you have to keep in mind that the ascent is on a steep slope and will take you more than two hours, in good physical condition.
To get to the Table Mountain ticket offices from the city center, if you do not have a car, we recommend you take an official taxi, uber or book this tourist bus that includes the funicular ticket to Table Mountain.
Once up, you have to be patient as long queues are usually formed to get on the funicular, even if you have the ticket purchased in advance. The best way to save you queue time is to arrive before 8 in the morning, when they open, park near the entrance and stand in line until the moment of opening.
When you pass through the ticket offices they will give you a small map with the walking routes that you can do on the top and the different viewpoints where in addition to enjoying the best views of Cape Town, you can see dassies, small mammals that look like marmots .
Visiting hours: every day from 8 am to 8 pm, from October to April. As it progresses in the winter it closes sooner.
Something very important to keep in mind is that if you buy the tickets in advance, so as not to have to queue so much, these are valid for 9 days from the date you marked the start. This will allow you to go another day in case you cannot go on the selected day due to the weather or any other reason.
The Malaysian district of Bo-Kaap, with its facades of brightly painted houses, is another of the places to visit in Cape Town more beautiful. Located at the foot of Signal Hill, this neighborhood is inhabited by a Muslim majority, descended from the first slaves of Malay origin who stayed here. The two-storey colored houses are concentrated in the upper part of the neighborhood, where you can also find some interesting mosque.
Keep in mind that this photogenic area has become quite famous thanks to Instagram and it is not uncommon to see tourists trying to make the perfect photo for hours.
Map of the best places to visit in Cape Town
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