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From V and A Waterfront to Camps Bay

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the most visited places in South Africa after Table Mountain and Kruger National Parks; it is frequented by almost 24 million visitors a year. It is also the place where many visitors to Cape Town prefer to stay. The reason for this is that it offers a safe and sheltered area for visitors, both day and night, with options from every kitchen and suitable for every budget, eating and drinking alternatives and shopping materials. The oldest port of the continent, which gives its back to Table Mountain, is a large complex today. Cape Town Aquarium, right next to the main Stop of the Red Tourist Bus, opposite the Water Shed with designer shops; followed by a food court. Just in front of the sunset boats leave the summer holiday passengers at the same port after 1.5 boat tours that will take them every evening at 18.00. The Waterfront is also home to the city's best hotels. Cape Grace hotel is one of the most famous. The Silo Hotel is located adjacent to the Zeitz Mooca Contemporary Museum. Together with the One and Only hotel, these are the most luxurious hotels in the city. I recommend The Commodore hotel as a 4* hotel option with excellent service and location.

The coastline stretching from the V&A Waterfront to Sea Point, from Sea Point to the Camps is a pleasant ten-kilometer walk. Although there is not all sea penetration from the Waterfront to Sea Point, the part from Sea Point to Camps Bay offers a beautiful walking route, lying on the foot of the mountains on your left, the Atlantic Ocean on your right. You can join kayak tours departing from Anchor Bay at Sea Point.

After sparking Sea Point, you will climb a small slope and pass Bantry Bay, where perhaps the most expensive houses in the city are. In the continuation, you will pass the Clifford beaches 1, 2, 3 and 4, which all are public beaches. Although the beaches are crowded, there are not many people swimming in the sea; because interestingly during summer months ocean water is colder (this is because the wind drags the warm water above the sea). After that, we arrive at perhaps the most beautiful part of the city. Camps Bay is a neighborhood built on the edge of the ocean, right at the foot of the state mountain range called 12 Apostles. This district, which was not preferred because it was far from the city in the past, is perhaps the most popular place in Cape Town today. Apart from The Bay Hotel and a few cafés and restaurants on the beach, it has preserved its beauty and stuns its visitors such as the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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