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Cape Town in South Africa:

mountains, surfing, and wine

Adriana Setti

Fernanda Frazão

The charming combination in this seaside city located in the extreme south of the African continent

MOUNTAINS
Cape Town is a strong contender for the title of most sensational city in the world in terms of natural beauty. Its supreme icon is Table Mountain, a giant rock that seems to have been drawn with a ruler, advancing over the city like a tsunami. As you move amazed from downtown towards the Cape of Good Hope, you see a succession of other mountains – Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Twelve Apostles… – that duel for your attention with white-sand beaches, like Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno, bathed by the icy Atlantic blue waters.

The idea of staying longer will surely cross your mind after the first corner of Chapman's Peak Drive, a small stretch of the M6 motorway, which connects downtown to Cape Point nature reserve, at the endpoint of the Western Cape Peninsula. Or maybe while watching an epic sunset from Signal Hill. But you'll definitely rip your return ticket to pieces when entering the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden – especially if you catch a summer Sunday show under the friendly shadow of Table Mountain, in an atmosphere of peace and love.

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SURFING
Every Saturday, a crowd that seems to have escaped from a fashion casting invades the Old Biscuit Mill Market in Woodstock, an ideal place for sipping on drinks and sifting through pieces by local designers. On Friday nights, the Muizemberg market, a hangout for surfers famous for the colorful Victorian dressing rooms along the beach, is a must. Four or five days will be enough for all this, to visit the beautiful Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and to walk around the Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap, with its colorful houses. You can also take the cable car up to Table Mountain and visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent two decades imprisoned.

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WINE
You can certainly throw yourself into a sea of vineyards without leaving Cape Town by visiting the Constantia neighborhood wineries. But between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, on the outskirts of the city, you’ll find the most spectacular landscapes and wineries, such as Boschendal (boschendal.com), Delaire Graff (delaire.co.za) and Starck-Condé (starck-conde.co.za). The culinary arts capital of the country, Franschhoek has internationally famous restaurants, like the Tasting Room (lqf.co.za) and Reubens (reubens.co.za); plus charming hotels, including La Residence (theroyalportfolio.com), with 16 suites opening up to vineyards.

To eat

Carne S.A.

This is the pinnacle of South African steakhouses.

153 Kloof St

El Burro

This trendy place serves Mexican food with African twists.

81 Main Rd

Kyoto Garden

The best Japanese restaurant in town, “unintentionally cool.”

11 Lower Kloofnek Rd

To drink

Devil’s Peak Brewery

Good craft brewery.

95 Durham Av

La Parada

It is the epicenter of Bree Street.

107 Bree St

To stay

Cape Grace

A luxury hotel on the waterfront.

West Quay Road

LoLoho Lodge

Modern rooms, a swimming pool, and an excellent location.

13 Bickley Rd