Over 50,000 Telegraph Travel readers have voted to choose the best vacation destinations in the world. According to results of the vote, Cape Town was named the greatest city in the world and named as a favorite vacation destination of the majority of travel enthusiasts who participated in the study.
As the most iconic city in South Africa, Cape Town attracts millions of tourists every year, who come to enjoy the city’s scenic surroundings, explore the many natural wonders in the vicinity or discover the vibrant culture known for hospitality and openness.
Here’s why Cape Town was voted the world’s greatest city and a favorite vacation destination for millions of tourists from across the globe.
Cape Town is an ideal destination for those who want to explore diverse landscapes. Table Mountain - Cape Town’s most recognizable landmark - offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, as well as climbing in case you prefer an active and adventurous vacation.
At the tip of the peninsula on which the city is built, you’ll find another iconic landmark - Cape of Good Hope, long thought to be the southern tip of Africa.
Here’s a short list of some of the most popular sights in Cape Town:
Robben Island - the site of a prison where Nelson Mandela spent almost twenty years in captivity.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Boulders Beach - famous for its penguin colony.
The real soul of one city is in its people and the best way to experience Cape Town and its culture is to meet its people. Inhabitants of Cape Town come from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds which contributes to the city’s rich cultural life. The blend of different cultures creates a unique atmosphere which is why Cape Town is frequented by tourists from all corners of the world.
Tip: Cape Town can be tricky to get around if you’re visiting for the first time. Read this article on noxrentals.com to help you choose the ideal accommodation in Cape Town.
Exploring Cape Town’s many beaches is no small feat. From the unique scenery of Boulders Beach, the relaxing Clifton Beaches to the exotic beauty of Llandudno, you’ll discover an amazing variety and get the chance to enjoy and relax under the sun.
Wine tourists flock to Cape Winelands which produces some of the best wine in the world, to enjoy the amazing scenery, and take famous wine tasting tours. The region has no less than eighteen wine tours but in addition to South Africa’s wine, Cape Winelands offers foodies a variety of local delicacies.
It’s a perfect way to spend some time out of the city, discover the local specialties and uncover the secrets of this fabled wine country surrounded by cloud-covered mountains.
Tip: Cape Town is best to visit from October to April or January to April for a beach holiday.