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Cape Town: An Architectural Tour of the City

Cape Town isn't just about natural beauty--the city has some stunning man-made marvels as well
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Though it's admittedly hard to compete with centuries-old European countries, Cape Town deserves some architectural appreciation in... more »

Tips:  Due to time and distance, not all of the city's best architectural sites could be included. If you get the chance, take a tour of Cape... more »

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Points of Interest

Public transportation in Cape Town can be unreliable so the best way to get around is to rent a car or take a taxi cab (some hotels also offer shuttles to popular destinations). Alternatively, get to this site via the Cape Town hop-on, hop-off Sightseeing Bus, which has the Castle of Good Hope as one of its stops.

Built between 1666 and 1679 by... More

Head southwest on Castle Street and turn right onto Darling Street for 450 meters. Continue onto Shortmarket Street for 90 meters. Turn left onto Sts George's Mall Street until you come to Wale.

Though it may not be as grand as cathedrals you would find in Europe, St. George's has a special place in the history books and hearts of South Africans... More

Head northwest on Wale street for about 500 meters to one of Cape Town's most colorful neighborhoods--both historically and architecturally speaking.

This predominately Muslim quarter is home to many of the descendants of slaves brought from Indonesian and Malaysia as a source of labor in the 1700s. Homes (and some mosques) are painted in... More

Of course, you can't explore Cape Town's architectural heritage without seeing some Cape Dutch architecture, the country's iconic building design and one of the world's most singular architectural forms (as it exists only in South Africa). To get to our next destination, Groot Constantia Wine Estate (which is located in the Constantia suburb about... More