Cape Town has a wild beauty and elegance all its own. Its buzzing harbor and streets house nightlife and storefronts, and its beaches and mountainous surroundings are bursting with flora and fauna that never cease to amaze, even for the locals. The city is set against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain plateau, and rests at the sapphire blue Table Bay, famous for its seal population and great white sharks. Cape Town's rich history and modern culture make it a true metropolis on the coast.
Things Not to Miss in Cape Town
From its vibrant culture to its scenic beaches and unique natural wonders, Cape Town travel offers something for everyone. Consult our Cape Town travel guide for some of the can't-miss sights and activities, including:
• Taking in the view from the top of Table Mountain, accessed via cable car
• Sampling local delicacies at the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show
• Touring (and tasting) the Cape Winelands
• Visiting the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
• Sunbathing on Cape Town's secluded beaches
• Getting pampered at the One & Only Resort spa
• Dining at Roundhouse & Rumbullion and taking in the view at sunset
When to Go to Cape Town
Cape Town's winters tend to be windy and rainy, especially in June through August. Summer is the most popular and most expensive time to travel to Cape Town, and hotels are often booked several months in advance. The weather and booking prices are best from March to May and from September to November. The fall is an ideal time to visit Cape Town to experience the wine harvest in the surrounding vineyards, while spring is notable for views of the flowers and purple jacaranda trees in full bloom across the city.
The 1.5-hour hike up the mini-mountain of Lion's Head—much less strenuous than Table Mountain, but with gorgeous panoramic views of the city.
Sampling samoosas, Cape Malay–style pastries filled with curried beef or vegetables, sold by street vendors throughout the city (try the promenade at St. George's Mall).
Driving the M3 south to the historic wine-growing Constantia Valley, with rolling vine-covered hills surrounding you all the way.