Cape Town among best cities in the world to spend a weekend

Cape Town - Considering that the city is one of the most popular in Africa and a constant favourite among travellers, it comes as no surprise that Cape Town is one of the best cities in the world to spend a weekend. 

This is according to online weekend getaway portal and app, weekenGO

It is no secret that the Mother City is one of the best places to be during the weekend or holidays as there’s always something going on - whether it be a roof-top party, a day at the beach or a morning hike in the mountains. 

SEE: SA Insider: Cape Town is ready and loaded for the weekend

According to weekenGO, the results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers: millennials, families and baby boomers. 

With that in mind, weekenGO undertook a study to define what exactly makes a city great for a 48-hour visit and to help travellers of different age groups and backgrounds to choose a destination that best caters to their interests. 

Ranked number 76 in the top 100, the ranking looked at factors such as walkability, concerts, cultural events, security and mobility, among others.

The Mother City outperformed cities like Bilbao in Spain, Utrecht in Netherlands, Lausanne in Switzerland and Dubai in UAE, to name a few. 

While it is best for millennials, Cape Town also scored well in the baby boomers section. 

See the full list below:

To determine the categories for the study, weekenGO says it first considered what factors affect a weekend trip. Several criteria are important to travellers no matter their age or affluence, for example, how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. 

To highlight which cities are best for millennials, families and baby boomers, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs were included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres.

In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security, says the company. 

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The study began with the top 1 000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend. 

To create the individual scores for millennials, families and baby boomers, weekenGO looked at traveller’s interests on a macro level to determine the best overall representative score.

Each category is scored, with a high score indicating high desirability for this factor and a low score indicating a low level of attractiveness for tourists.

“Given the fact that we looked at over 1 000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list,” says Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO.

“Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.” See full list here.

Here are top 10 best cities to spend the weekend, with a sample of the criteria used to determine the total score. 

The top 10 cities for millennials, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:

The top 10 cities for families:

The top 10 cities for baby boomers:

Further insights according to weekenGO

Graz, Austria ranks as the most walkable city.

Stuttgart, Germany ranks number 1 for most green spaces.

Rome, Italy ranks best for most accommodation options.

Tokyo, Japan ranks as the city for best dining, and is also part of the Family and Baby Boomer top 10 ranking.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ranks as the best for bars.

Shanghai, China ranks number 1 for the best club options.

Paris, France has the most music venues.

London, UK has the highest rank for concerts, theatres and cinemas.

Vancouver, Canada ranks number 1 for the most cultural events.

Los Angeles, USA ranks highest for the most museums and galleries.

Oslo, Norway ranks as the safest place for women.

Madrid, Spain ranks as the most LGBT friendly.

Zurich, Switzerland ranks number 1 for security and is included in the top 10 ranking for all age ranges.

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