29 November 2013
Cape Town got the nod as the favourite city worldwide from more than 75 000 readers of British news site the Telegraph in the 2013 Telegraph Travel Awards, it was announced on Thursday.
South Africa’s “Mother City” beat runners-up Vancouver and Venice to take the accolade for the second year running, with the Telegraph declaring: “The three cities nominated by Telegraph readers for this award are all beside the sea.
“But of the three, there is only one in which you can surf the Atlantic, climb mountains, eat in Michelin-starred restaurants, stay in both historical and super-hip accommodation, indulge in wine tours and still find time to relax on the beach (with or without penguins). That, of course, is Cape Town.”
The Telegraph describes Cape Town as a city that appeals to all ages.
“Families with young children love the home help, from cooks to nannies. Adrenalin-seekers get their kicks from everything from Harley-Davidson motorbike tours to cage-diving with sharks. Gourmands relish the vineyards just outside the city and the fresh food, from authentic Cape Malay curries to grand gourmet feasts. And hip young things love the buzz of the Biscuit Mill market, the cosmopolitan bars in Long Street, the cool fashion boutiques and craft shops – and, of course, its clubs.”
The Telegraph Travel Awards is an annual event which asks readers to vote for their travel favourites in categories such as best city, best country, best travel website, best travel app and more. This year’s survey garnered 75 000 consumer votes from Telegraph readers.
Cape Town also recently ranked as the number three city in the world in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2014”. The city has an exciting year ahead as it plays out its title of World Design Capital 2014.