Greater Cape Town has ten top attractions: Table Mountain, Cape Point, The V&A Waterfront (facing a working harbour), Robben Island, beautiful Beaches and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Then there's the Cape Castle, Cape Gardens, historic Winelands and Golf Estates.
When it comes to attractions you’re most likely to run out of time before you’ve visited all there is to explore. Cape Town’s first building, the historic Castle, was built in the17th Century by envoys of the Dutch East India Company, sent to the tip of Africa to start a trading post, replenishing passing ships travelling east to the spice islands. The Castle houses the Military and Iziko museums, while the District Six museum tells the story of a vibrant Coloured community removed from the city limits by the Apartheid regime.
The Cape Malay quarter at the foot of Signal Hill with its spice shops, mosques and colourfully painted homes on cobbled streets is perfect for a walking tour. Table Mountain and its cable car to the top deliver views that are memorable and particularly photogenic. Visiting a wine estate for some tasting, art appreciation and good food is an excursion not to be missed.
The historic university town of Stellenbosch just 35 minutes from Cape Town is the oldest town in South Africa and boasts heritage buildings and streets with stunning examples of the classic Cape Dutch architecture for which the region is justly famous. The annual food festival is a must. Surrounding the town is a choice of wine estates with chefs eager to spoil their diners with local delights at excellent prices.
Further afield (about 90 minutes) there’s the town of Franschhoek where French Huguenot settlers fleeing persecution founded the local Cape wine culture. The entire town is a haven of foodie destinations, boutique hotels, delis, wine cellars and chocolate shops.