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A phenomenal climate, bustling commercial district, fabulous restaurants and renowned historic trails and wine tasting, Cape Town is a city of delights...
Cape Town is widely recognised as a cool, creative city. It is home to the Design Indaba, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Infecting the City, the Cape Town Festival, and several other major events and public art festivals. It been named as the World Design Capital 2014. In the city centre alone, there are more than 1,000 design entities, many of them small and entrepreneurial.
Cape Town has a good stock of museums and galleries, as well as many performing arts on show throughout the city.
You can take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain; explore the Cape Peninsula; visit the African penguin colony at Boulders, take a trip to Robben Island or simply enjoy the nearby picturesque beaches and wineries. Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town city centre, the wine routes offer cultural and agricultural heritage, beautiful undulating vineyards, as well as excellent wines and an inviting mix of restaurants.
The city also boasts no fewer than five S. Pelligrino Top 100 Restaurants: Jardine's, Le Quartier Francais, La Colombe, Aubergine and Rust-en-Vrede. However, the range and inspiration of Cape Town cuisine is diverse and exciting - a never-ending landscape for foodies to explore.
Cape Town is not just a holiday destination. The city hosts more international conferences than any other city in Africa and as a result, it has a strong knowledge economy.
Flying to Cape Town is hassle-free with plenty of direct routes from the UK's major airports. Compare prices for the best deals...
Cape Town flights arrive in a city that is named for its proximity to the Cape of Good Hope and is the southernmost city in Africa.
Flights to Cape Town, taking around 12 hours from the UK, bring you to a city of long hot summers and only slightly rainy winters, with cheap flights to Cape Town being most likely in the low season of April to June. A cheap flight at this time is still very worthwhile, as although it may rain, it is still warm.
Flight prices will be higher in the summer months of November to March, when the long hot days are reliable and there is much tourist activity. Using our flight price comparison tool for flights at this time will secure you the best deal, not forgetting that you should also book well in advance.
Fast and efficient transfers are available from Cape Town airport to get your South African holiday off to a great start...
Thanks to the World Cup being held here in 2010, Cape Town International Airport's transport and transfer system has had lots of investment.
Today, transfer options are of a good standard and you will be at your destination in no time.
The airport is about 20km from Cape Town's city centre and most people opt for a metered taxi or catch the MyCiti shuttle bus into the city centre. Always agree a price upfront when taking a taxi, however, to avoid any surprises.
The MyCiti bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes and runs from early morning until 10pm - beyond this time take a cab; they run 24 hours a day.
Where do you start? Cape Town is a large place and there is so much to see and enjoy...
Cape Town is a large place and there is loads to pack into a holiday here. For British travellers, central Cape is a good option for accommodation - the area near the waterfront, beaches, and wine-lands. To be right at the heart of it all, stay in a hotel close to all the main attractions - it will cost a little more but it's worth it.
Further out is Bo-Kaap (Upper Cape). This area stretches from the edge of the inner city and up the slopes of Signal Hill. It is a lively suburb with historic houses painted in a rainbow of pastels and bold colours. It is very popular with couples and younger travellers too with its vibrant "Cape Malay" culture.