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Flights to Cape Town

Flights to Cape Town

A charming port city located on the southwest coast of South Africa, Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is the provincial capital of primate city of the Western Cape and has the same population as the Durban Metropolitan Area. Housing the National Parliament, Cape Town is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape's population. Known for its multi-cultural atmosphere, New York Times and the Telegraph named Cape Town to be one of the best places in the world. The city was part of the Dutch East India Company which developed it as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Cape Town became an economic and cultural hub after Jan Van Riebeeck’s arrival on 6th April, 1652. The city sprawls on an area of 400.28 km2 and has a population of 433,688. While English is the most frequently spoken language, Afrikaans and Xhosa are also spoken by many people.

Overview

The Cape Town International Airport is located 20 km from the Cape Town City Center and is a primary airport serving the city of Cape Town. The geography of Cape Town is very similar to that of Southern California and has extensive coastline, craggy mountain terrains, inland valleys and semi-desert peripheries. The city experiences warm-summer Mediterranean climate and has warm summers and dry mild winters. Winter season stretches from June to August and temperatures average a maximum of 18.0 °C. The region receives strong north-westerly winds and significant precipitation during the winter months. Summer last from December to March with average temperature soaring to 26.0 °C and the city receives the Berg Wind, during February and March, making it extremely uncomfortable. The best time to visit Cape Town is from the months of April to January when the weather is cool and comfortable. Cape Town Minstrel Carnival in January and Whale Festival held during August to November are the two major festivals celebrated in Cape Town.

City Attractions

The port city of Cape Town offers multitudinous attractions and activities that will keep the tourists happily engaged. The cool climate, natural ambiance and state of the art infrastructure makes Cape Town of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A unique way to enjoy bird’s eye view of the city bowl is to take the cable car up to the Table Mountain. It is the world’s highest commercial abseil and is highly recommended.

The city is famous for the long stretch of coastline and Clifton Town beach is one of the most exotic beaches in Cape Town and should not be missed on your holiday in Cape Town. Bikini Beach, Campus bay, Melkbosstrand and Muizenberg are some the most popular beaches in Cape Town. Cape Town is extremely popular for its scenic drives with Chapman’s Peak and Noordhoek being the most popular.

The city is noted for its architectural splendors and has the highest density of Cape Dutch style monuments. City Hall, Grand Parade, Martin Melck House, Montebello Craft and Design Centre, Robben Island Art Co & Trust, St George’s Cathedral and Groote Kerk and The Castle of Good Hope are some of the most attractive architectural sites in the city. Boulders penguin colony, Cango Caves, Constantia vineyards, Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Durbanville Rose Garden, Edith Stephens Wetland Park and Fynbos and the Cape Floral Kingdom are the major natural attractions.

Eating and Sopping

Eating in Cape Town Is not confined to five star hotels or lavish restaurant and stylish eateries as the city has small cafes and numerous street side stall serving mouthwatering delicacies. The city is a potpourri of various cultures and this is pretty evident by the variety of cuisines and food available here. Some of the dishes indigenous to the people of Cape Town and should not be missed are - Droëwors, Niknaks, Biltong, monkeygland burger, Boerewors, Calamari, Waterblommetjie bredie, Bollocks, Snoek and fish and chips. Cheese and wine tastings at wine farms is a great indulgence you should not miss when in Cape Town. If you are looking for best hotels then Addis in Cape for African, Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room for American and Mexican delicacies and Beijing Opera for Asian cuisine are the safest and tastiest option.

Milnerton Flea Market, Mother City Market, Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market, Neighbourgoods Market, Oranjezicht City Farm Market Bay Harbour Market and Kirstenbosch Craft Market are the major markets in Cape Town. Please note that these markets are held on different days of the week so plan your shopping day accordingly. Local crafts, fridge magnets, ceramics, handmade cheese, shoes made from luxury fabric offcuts, handmade candles and fashion accessories can be bought at cheap prices. For the modern shoppers, many shopping malls and brand outlets are available in Cape Town.

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