Cape town points of interest
Cape Town as a holiday destination is truly second to none. In what other city in the world can you sunbathe, surf (and even swim with penguins!) on beautiful beaches, hike up towering mountains with their own unique flora and fauna just minutes from the City centre, enjoy great value shopping, world-class restaurants and local wines in superb surroundings; and explore such an incredible range of cultural, historical and leisure experiences?
And what better way to enjoy this world-class holiday experience than by staying in luxury and privacy in your own Cape Portfolios holiday villa or apartment, with over 200 carefully selected properties to choose from in and around Cape Town.
Here is a small selection of the wide range of Cape Town villas and apartments we offer, followed by further information on Cape Town itself
Cape Town has deservedly been growing its reputation as one of the world’s best holiday destinations for many years and certainly at Cape Portfolios we have seen demand for our 200+ holiday villas and apartments in Cape Town grow every year since we first started with just a handful of properties back in 2001.
Just recently however South Africa’s much loved “Mother City” has been doing herself especially proud, with a spectacular array of international accolades and awards. These include No.1 in the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2014”, No.1 in the Daily Telegraph’s “Best City Worldwide” Travel Awards 2013 (for the second year running!), No. 1 “Top Holiday Hotspot” in the Guardian 2013, No. 3 City in the World in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” Awards 2014, one of Trip Advisor’s “Top 25 Places to visit in the World” 2013 and last but most certainly not least World Design Capital 2014!
So what is it that makes Cape Town quite so fabulous and increasingly acknowledged as one of the world’s very best and most popular holiday destinations?
The breathtaking natural beauty of Cape Town is of course a big factor, dominated as it is by the spectacular, towering presence of Table Mountain overlooking the City centre and the huge expanse of Table Bay beyond.
Cape Town city centre itself is also hugely appealing, being small and compact enough to explore on foot, or on the excellent local “Hop on - Hop off” Red bus service that we highly recommend. Shopaholics in Cape Town can enjoy everything from high fashion and fine art to simple local craft markets, and the City also boasts many excellent restaurants, lively bars and a buzzing nightlife, as well as some fascinating historical and cultural attractions, art galleries and museums.
Very close to Cape Town City Centre the hugely popular V&A Waterfront development consistently ranks as the most visited tourism attraction in Africa with literally hundreds of shops, as well as restaurants, cinemas, boat trips, a world class aquarium and many other attractions for the visitor all set very attractively around what is still a very busy working harbour and cruise ship destination.
And then slightly further away it’s hard to think of anywhere in the world where you can drive less than 30 minutes from a vibrant City centre like Cape Town and be relaxing on beautiful white sandy beaches backed by steep mountains (Clifton and Camps Bay) - or playing golf, visiting beautiful wine estates, the world famous Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, or dining at Cape Town restaurants ranked alongside the best in Europe and the US – and for a fraction of the cost too!
And then there is the opportunity for visitors to Cape Town to learn at first hand about the incredibly rich and at times brutal cultural history of this very proud “Rainbow” nation. There cannot be much in life as moving or inspiring as a guided tour around one of Cape Town’s vibrant, sprawling township communities or the boat trip from Cape Town to visit Robben Island and stand outside the small, intimidating prison cell that served as Nelson Mandela’s home for 18 of his 27 years in confinement.
But having said of all of this, yes while Cape Town is fabulous for all these reasons, what we at Cape Portfolios and many of our guests say they love the most about Cape Town, are other less tangible qualities, such as the warmth and friendliness of its people, from all backgrounds and cultures, and the easy going, laid back attitude of Capetonians (why stress and work late when you can be catching sundowner cocktails with your friends on Camps Bay beachfront or taking a sunset surf stroll or hike?).
Above all, Cape Town for us is a hugely enjoyable and incredibly beautiful place to live in - whether for a lifetime, or just visiting for a week or two. This is no doubt also why so many of our guests return to Cape Portfolios year after year and if you haven’t already visited we hope you will come and find out for yourself why it really is the best!