10 Must Dos in the Western Cape

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(Newswire.net — July 18, 2019) — The Western Cape is a South African province with coasts bordering the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Here are the best places to visit in the area.

1. Visit Wine Farms 

The Western Cape has some of the most beautiful wine farms in the world. Most of the wine farms offer wine tasting tours and have their own restaurants, making it a day that you can spend exploring while sipping on the finest wines and the most delicious dishes.

Franschhoek is absolutely beautiful with its majestic mountains and green lush vineyards, the town has a French feel as its rich in French influences. The Franschhoek wine farm accommodation is also known to be some of the most pristine locations in the country.

Stellenbosch is known for its world class wines, nature reserves and popular University. It is also one of the most beautiful towns you can explore, with its quaint stores and world class restaurants.

Constantia is in the heart of Cape Town and easily accessible from all areas. Constantia has amazing wine estates, world renowned restaurants and with beautiful mountains as a backdrop it’s simply breathtaking.  

2. Spend the day at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is one of the most popular tourist attractions as it has just about everything right on its doorstep. You can spend a whole day there exploring all it has to offer from boat trips, helicopter flights, where you get to see the beauty of Cape Town from high above, the big wheel where you can just relax and take in the views, the restaurants that you can choose from whether it be for an elegant lunch or dinner or one that is just a simple meal, they have them all. There is just so much to do in one day that you might just be back the very next day!

3. Visit the Beautiful Beaches

The Western Cape coastline is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Clifton, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Big Bay that looks out towards Table Mountain simply takes your breath away, Melkbosstrand to name a few on one side then on the other you will find Long Beach in Kommetjie, Muizenberg Beach famous for surfers’ corner and many more.

4. Go on a Road Trip

With such a beautiful coastline, how can you not think of going on a road trip around

the scenic mountain routes of Chapmans Peak or Sir Lowry’s Pass, that display the coastline to perfection. There are a few viewpoints where you can stop to take breathtaking pictures. A road trip in the Western Cape know matter where you are travelling to, is well worth it. 

5. Go up the Cable Car 

Table Mountain is one of the seven wonders of nature and you can take a trip up Table 

Mountain by cable car. This is one of those experiences that you will never forget. During summer you can take the last trip up just before sunset which is a spectacular setting that will take your breath away.

6. Hike Lions Head 

Lions Head is a hike that you can achieve whether you are experienced or not. There

are a few steep places but nothing unachievable as there are chains and ladders to assist. The view from the top of Lion’s Head is unforgettable, you see Cape Town, the oceans below and Table Mountain standing proudly. Lion’s Head is very popular amongst hikers during full moon as the moon lights the way.

7. See the Penguins at Boulders Beach 

Boulders Beach is known to be a family beach, although it is rather a small beach and if you want to make sure you get a place, you have to get there early. Boulders Beach is known for the penguins that swim amongst visitors although they are not tame so its advisable not to venture too close to them.

8. Visit the Castle

The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town built between 1666 and 1679 is one of the landmarks many are familiar with. During the week they have time slots for a tour through this historical castle where you will learn about the country’s fascinating but difficult military history. There is a museum at the Castle that is well worth visiting. The Slave Lodge not far from the Castle is also well worth a visit.

9. Have a Picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden with lush green lawns, giant sized 

trees, flowers of every colour, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain on the Eastern side. 

There are restaurants, Zimbabwean sculpture exhibition, bookshop, nursery and gift shop for visitors to explore.

10. Try the amazing restaurants

Cape Town stands firmly amongst the top restaurants of the world against countries such as Barcelona, London, Sydney and Tokyo. Cape Town is spoilt for endless food choices and famous for delicious sea foods.