CAPE OF STORMS OR CAPE THE GOOD HOPE
Cape Town owes its name to its location near the “Cape of Good Hope”. The Portuguese had given the city a different name first: “Cape of Storms”. They then changed this to a name that sounded a bit more optimistic. Did you know it was the Portuguese and not the Dutch who were the first to discover Mossel Bay and Cape Town in the fifteenth century? For example, the Portuguese, António de Saldanha, was the first to discover Table Mountain in 1503 – and climbed it!
100 YEARS LATER…
Nevertheless, often you find yourself standing in the Cape, formerly, Dutch territory. The Dutch came into the picture in 1611. Then they decided to cross the Cape towards India because the East African coastline was known to be dangerous. The British also waited a few more years, until 1620, before claiming the Cape! Although you are on the other side of the world, you can still see the Dutch influences everywhere. Due to Cape Town’s rich history, every street corner is characterised by its own story.
Do you want to experience this? Then grab a take-away meal from one of Cape Town’s restaurants and enjoy the sunset above Signal Hill, also known as Signal Hill during the colonial era. They would fire warning shots to warn ships of bad weather. The tradition arose to do this promptly every day at noon. Nowadays this still happens and these warning shots can be heard daily across most of the city.
WHY IS EVERYONE IN LOVE IN CAPE TOWN?
What makes this metropolis so special? It just has it all! It is a unique feeling that you will experience when you visit the city. It is charming, colourful, and its versatile appearance makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a city with many faces, characterised by a rich history. In addition to the bustling city life, you will find white sand beaches, colourful flower fields, and impressive mountains. Oh, and penguins, of course! There is a wide choice of activities: visit Robben Island, climb Table Mountain, literally taste the culture in Bo-Kaap, dance and enjoy a “braai” at a local restaurant, waddle through the vineyards after a wine tasting, snowboard down white dunes, enjoy the beach, and experience the (affordable) gourmet cuisine. Plan a trip around the Cape Peninsula and tick off all the highlights in a day, check out more about this route here. Fancy a culinary day? Then plan a visit to the Winelands. Read more about the different wine regions around Cape Town here.
THE PERFECT DAY IN CAPE TOWN?
Climb Table Mountain or Lion’s Head for a 360-degree panoramic view of Cape Town. Take a spin at the top and you will see that this city is endless, so perfect to spend a few days here.
Start in one of the hipster breakfast cafes in Cape Town. Visit the District Six museum and check out the street art nearby. Drive towards Kalk Bay and taste the fresh fish in the harbour before enjoying a sundowner at one of the crazy rooftops in Cape Town. End the day with a good dinner, as Cape Town is Argentina’s biggest rival for fresh steak and good wines. Cheers, and enjoy your meal! For those who still feel like dancing… This continues into the night. You will see when you visit Cape Town that the days are too short. Our advice: do you want to live like a “Capetonian”? Then plan enough days in Cape Town!
After all those Burgundian refreshments, you will want to endure in some exercise! Cape Town is also a paradise for sports enthusiasts. Go surfing in Muizenberg, snorkel with seals or go kitesurfing in Blouberg. Climb one of the 12 Apostles or go cycling along the Sea Point boulevard. Swimming with penguins or kayaking with dolphins, we can continue for a while. If all of this sounds too strenuous, you can of course instead enjoy tanning under the sun on one of the beautiful beaches.