Foreshore, City Bowl
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This land was reclaimed from the sea between the years of 1930 to 1940 which extended Cape Town City a further 2 km into the Bay. Cape Town’s foreshore, which lies on the waterways of Table Bay, adjacent to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with the city centre behind it, is virtually dominated by the International Convention Centre (CTICC) and a number of prominent hotel chains, whose buildings overshadow the entrance to the city from the N2.
Cape Town's foreshore is at the forefront of development in Cape Town and a number of major corporate and financial institutions are moving here to join the ranks of the highly successful Convention Centre, which went up in late 1999 and, in 2006, managed to host close on 13 000 delegates during one of the congresses, without a hitch. The hosting of international conferences in the city of Cape Town is on the increase as the city continues as a sought after destination.
Access from the foreshore to the heart of the Mother City is excellent. One can walk to the V&A Waterfront, from where there are a number of tour buses around the city, or walk to the city centre, where an array of historical buildings and an eclectic mix of cultures, restaurants and unexpected little avenues, make a day or two of exploring thoroughly enjoyable.
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A unique combination of history, fine wine, traditional food, military ceremonies and craftsmanship awaits you at this pentagonal fortification. Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle, was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A ... more information
Company Gardens is a large public park and botanical garden set in the heart of Cape Town, home to a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and aviary. Roaming Company Gardens, past the back of Parliament and Tuynhuys, the President’s official residence when in the mother city, is part of every visitor’s ... more information
Tuynhuys, the office of the state President and closed to the public, witnessed one of the most important turning points in South African history when FW de Klerk announced from its steps, on 18 March 1992, that South Africa had ‘closed the book on apartheid’. This beautiful building, built originally in 1700 as ... more information
You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit one of its oldest markets, set on a cobbled square between Short and long Market Streets. This is where Capetonians have been buying their clothing, jewellery, sandals, crafts and nick-nacks for years, and, whilst the face of the market may have changed a ... more information
The South African Jewish Museum stands on what is considered Cape Town’s ‘museum mile’ in the centre of town - neighbour to the Old Synagogue, the first to be built on South African soil - the Great Synagogue, and the Albow Centre where the Cape Town Holocaust Centre is housed. The museum is a major ... more information
St George’s Anglican Cathedral, a gorgeous example of Victorian era design with magnificent stained glass windows and a crypt in which there is a restaurant - reminiscent of St Martin’s in the Field in London - lies on Wale Street in Cape Town, and is known as ‘the people’s cathedral’ because of its ... more information
Once a congested city street, St George’s Mall is now a pedestrian area in the middle of Cape Town’s city, bustling with activity that ranges from live entertainment - provided by buskers, dancers, drummers, street artists and the like - to the sidewalk coffee shops and restaurants at which many locals and visitors ... more information
The Two Oceans Aquarium is without doubt one of the most exciting attractions in the city, particularly if you have children (there is a wonderful child play area in the basement set right up against the seal display where children and seals have fun alongside one another). Child-height window benches and ... more information
One of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions, the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbour. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies ... more information
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