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Between Two Oceans
The oldest city in South Africa, founded by the Dutch in 1652, is also the most beautiful city in the country. It owes this distinction primarily to the mighty Table Mountain massif, which surrounds the city centre protectively and frames the City Bowl so photogenically.
Table Mountain can be accessed by cable car. From the top, one has stunning views of the centre of town, of the harbour in Table Bay, with its outline of white beaches, and of the mountains of the Cape Peninsula.
The cosmopolitan metropolis has a great variety of attractions to offer its visitors. There is the Castle of Good Hope and many more historic buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the V&A Waterfront, one can go shopping in style, visit the art galleries and arts and craft shops, browse through flea-markets or indulge in the fresh local specialities of seafood restaurants. Cape Town is surrounded by stunning white, sandy beaches, offering choices on both the fresh Atlantic coast and the warmer Indian Ocean. Not to be missed is the Cape Peninsula with its nature reserve, the fishing village of Hout Bay and the Cape of Good Hope at the point.