V&A Waterfront: discover the enchantment

2012-08-24 14:57

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This advertorial has been sponsored by the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town.

Set among South Africa’s oldest working harbor with the iconic Table Mountain in the background is a special destination that offers visitors an eclectic array of experiences.

It’s a South African cultural hub of activity, a place where locals and tourists love to amble about, to eat, shop, play, to work and desire to live.  It has so much to offer all within an authentic working harbour - it’s colourful, it’s vibrant, it’s delightful, welcoming and it’s not surprising that the V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist destination.

With 22 cultural landmarks, over 450 retail shops and 60 or more eateries ranging from world class fine dining, a plethora of coffee shops, a local artesian bakery, a variety of traditional pubs, the largest wine bar in the world and take-away fish and chips that visitors can savour sitting on a bench on the quayside, surrounded by seagulls, while being enthralled by the fascinating ambiance of the activity of the bustling working harbour.

As you walk along the quay and swing bridge, your thoughts will be interrupted by the hoot of a tug boat going out to meet a container ship, or a sleek luxury yacht waiting for the swing bridge before it makes its way out to the open sea, strident seagulls competing for bait from the fishing boats or the quirky antics of the fur seals that delight everyone.

Part of the V&A Waterfront’s enchantment is the touchstones of history that are dotted around everywhere – 22 landmarks are part of the rich heritage that stretches back to when the Cape was first colonised as a way-station for ships that sailed around Africa in their quest to bring back spices from the East.  Visitors can still explore the many canons that make an appearance all over the Waterfront or visit the Maritime Museum or wander around Chavonne’s Battery where the remnants of a Colonial Cape are clear to see.

Apart from the shopping, eating and entertainment experiences, there is the magical environment that is made up of the most dramatic elements of the Cape’s famous beauty: Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, the bluest African sky and the Atlantic with its whimsical moods and fresh sea breezes. To add to this electric atmosphere is the local street musicians, dancers and cultural entertainment reminding you that you’re still in Africa, even though the environment seems cosmopolitan.

From the V&A Waterfront you can explore the entire Cape Peninsula.  It provides easy access to all major roads leading to the winelands, the airport as well as the Atlantic Seaboard. From here you can hop on an open-air double decker bus and go right around the Peninsula, getting on and off at key stops.

If you want to explore Cape Town and its beautiful surrounds, the V&A Waterfront is your perfect starting point. The information centre at the entrance of the V&A Waterfront provides a full service from sightseeing arrangements and tours to tips on local can be booked. 

Just be warned: you may be so enchanted by the V&A Waterfront that you will find yourself hanging around a lot longer than you intended. And you will keep coming back for more.
Read more on:    v&a waterfront  |  cape town  |  travel south africa

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