Huffington Post lists 15 reasons why Cape Town is No. 1

 Sunset in Sea Point, Cape Town.Sunset in Sea Point, Cape Town.

 

anne taylorBy Anne Taylor
20 May 2014

“One destination continues to hold the number one spot in our wanderlust-filled hearts: Cape Town,” writes Hayden Rockwell in the Huffington Post’s Travel section. “Trust us, if you’re going to travel anywhere this year, it should be to Cape Town.”

Warning travellers that they should be prepared for cooler-than-summer temps, he goes on to list 15 “facts” – because he can’t sell us on opinion  alone – why Cape Town should be Number 1 on your travel agenda. A few of my favourites:

• From Clifton to Camps Bay, you’ll find some of the most picturesque beach communities at the foot of the mountain. There are plenty of beachfront bars to enjoy a sundowner at: “With a Savanna Cider in hand, the awe-inspiring sunsets will make you wonder where this beautiful place has been all your life.”

Just outside the city is … Boulders Beach, “home to about 3 000 adorable penguins. Just imagine the Instagram potential of this place.”

• Long Street is “pretty much Bourbon Street, but it’s not nearly as over-crowded or over-priced. The nightlife in Cape Town is unmatched. The drinks are cheap, the bars are fun and the music scene is taking off.”

• The Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill is “the most epic weekend market of all time. Spend a Saturday roaming through the stalls and we assure you, you’ll never want to leave. Exotic food creations are not limited and the Ostrich burger should be at the top of your list.”

It’s been one hell of a year so far for the Mother City, ranking high on most international travel lists. Having moved here from the Eastern Cape three years ago, I’m still relishing the city as a fresh-faced immigrant. Exploring Kirstenbosch, hiking in Silvermine Reserve, and sundowners on Llandudno beach remain my top three things to do.