Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cape Town’s most stunning heritage spots

You live in Cape Town but it’s not always easy for a true-born Capetonian to appreciate the beautiful heritage spots in the Mother City, every traveler knows the story of a city cannot be told properly by just reading a boring history book; you need to actually move your behind and experience it! Here are some of Cape Town’s most stunning heritage spots for you to begin your journey.

This magnificent fortress, is believe it or not, the oldest building in South Africa! It was built AGES ago between 1666 and 1679, so naturally there are plenty creepy ghost stories… If you dare to enter the popular museum, you’ll only pay a small fee of R30.

Three and a half centuries ago the famous company gardens was actually Jan Van Riebeeck’s veggie patch, amazing right? Now it’s filled with statues, wildlife and more than 8000 species of plants, so take a break, have a relaxing stroll and have a welcome break from the city life.

The multi-coloured rainbow of houses line the streets in Bo-Kaap, the Muslim community, who are pretty much Capetonian icons. If you’re interested to know all about the colourful history of the Bo-Kaap community you can visit the small, quaint Bo-Kaap museum for only R10.

I’d say Franschoek is certainly one of the Cape’s most beautiful areas, it is overflowing with rich history, quality wines and misty mountains, I would say it would be one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world! Browse for hours in the galleries and shops or taste the wines of the valley, there are over 101 interesting things to do in Franschoek.

Journey on to the historical manor house of Cape Governor Simon van der Stel, who lived here between 1699 and 1712, where it is now an award-winning wine farm and also a tourist attraction. This historical monument is filled with three centuries worth of tasty wines so enjoy your day and sip away!

As a Capetonian you really need to stop and appreciate the awesome city that is around you, travel outside of your usual comfort zone and take a journey. The people in Cape Town, the buildings, landscape and the atmosphere of the surroundings all add to the overall understanding of the amazing experience.

As a traveler you need a decent, affordable accommodation to rest during your journeys, visit 808 Cartwright and book yourself in! No transport? The guys at Airport Shuttle can help you out with quick, reliable transport to and from Cape Town International Airport.  

Written By: Christine Romans 

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