The V & A Waterfront in Cape Town is South Africa’s most visited attraction. In 2014 over 48 million local and international feet strolled around the working harbour where seagulls announce the daily catch, yachts start journeys and vessels throw out anchors.
It’s quite obvious why visitors flock here every year. The V & A Waterfront is a cosmopolitan blend of exciting sightseeing activities, various entertainment acts, world-class shopping opportunities, luxurious hotels and remarkable restaurants. It is a mix of nature and history. It is a jumble of unique and traditional. It’s a mingle of South Africa with the rest of the world.
7 reasons to visit V & A Waterfront in Cape Town:
The harbour is one of the oldest working harbours in South Africa and visitors can enjoy boat cruises, marine life and watch the coming and going of fishing vessels, ferries, charter boats and yachts.
Table Mountain is not only a symbolic giant in Cape Town; this mountain’s fame is wider than South Africa. Table Mountain was crowned as one of the New 7 Wonders in 2012 and here you’ll get a full frontal view of one of the most photographed landmarks in the world.
V & A Waterfront is situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain and just a few minutes away from Cape Town’s city centre. The Waterfront is easily reachable by MyCiti bus or car and it is also the start of the Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.
The name of V & A Waterfront derives from Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria, who started the construction of the Alfred Basin in 1860. There are 22 official landmarks at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and all of them can be enjoyed on the historical walking tour that starts from the Chavonnes Battery Museum.
Here, the diverse culture of South Africa comes alive in all shapes, sizes and colour; from busking didgeridoos to modern and local art to gum-boot-dancing African drum beats. There is always a surprise in store in Cape Town.
V & A Waterfront boasts over 80 restaurants. It’s quite impossible not to find something to suit your taste with all the local restaurants, fine dining experiences, fast food chains and the variety of treats at Market on the Wharf.
If you’re looking for high end fashion brands or local souvenirs for friends and family back home, you’ve come to the right place. There are over 450 retail outlets offering everything and anything you’ll ever want.
If you want to experience everything V & A Waterfront has to offer, you better put a day or three aside. Besides all the shopping, dining, bus tours and walking tours, don’t forget to play some golf, to go on a helicopter ride, to take a boat trip to Robben Island and to get high on the ferris wheel.
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Have a look at these amazing V & A Waterfront facts.
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