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Five things you didn’t know about the Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.

Your Cape Town weekend: top 3 events in the Mother City

Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

With her breathtaking beauty, tantalising restaurants and spectacular sunsets, Cape Town has to be South Africa’s ultimate romantic destination for Valentine’s Day 2013.

Five things you didn’t know about Cape Town Railway Station

Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.

Your Cape Town Weekend: top three getaway spots

So, the six-week wait since last payday is finally over and you simply have to spend it on something, right? Why not treat yourself to a weekend mini-getaway? Sunshine, sea and relaxation is the order of the day, Mother City-lovers, so join me at the following top three getaway spots from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January, and discover why You Don’t Need A Holiday, You Need Cape Town.

Top 10 reasons why Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town

I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.

Painting Cape Town with author Matthew Olckers

Painting Cape Town author Matthew Olckers talks to us about his passion for graffiti and why he loves Cape Town.

The great Gatsby hunt in Cape Town: Where to find it and how to enjoy it

On any given day of the week, I’m a burger and chips-, pizza- or KFC-loving girl. But there is something about a Friday night that demands to be celebrated with a true, Cape Flats-style Gatsby. The way the pink Viennas and hot chips fit so perfectly inside the long French roll (drizzled with tantalising chilli or tomato sauce and cut into four pieces) gets my cholesterol-filled arteries pulsating.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Nature Activities

If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.

The Parlotones‘ Final Curtain Call at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts in Cape Town

It’s the moment many fans have anticipated with both excitement and dread … The Parlotones‘ last South African performance, which took place at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday 13 January, 2013! The multi award-winning band will soon jet off to the United States in pursuit of international fame and fortune. Renowned for hits like Push Me to the Floor, Beautiful, I’ll Be There and Honey, our boys are sure to make an equally stellar impression on global audiences, too.

Search for Sugar Man Leads to Cape Town

Star-struck doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction to meeting not only Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, fans of musician Sixto Rodriguez and stars of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, but also Eva Rodríguez, daughter of the music legend himself.

Give responsibly this festive season in Cape Town

Cape Town is an inclusive, caring city, and with the festive season now upon us, responsible tourism through the assistance of the less fortunate is at the top of our list of priorities. Having won the Best Destination category in the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the Mother City knows a thing or two about caring.

Fazielah’s top 3 weekend festive markets

By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:

Fazielah’s top three festive weekend events in Cape Town

Deck the halls with cheer and holly, Cape Town fanatics, because it’s officially festive season in the Mother City! What that means, party animals, is that we are free to let our hair down and boogie like there’s no work on Monday…

12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12

Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:

MCQP brings fairy-tale magic to Cape Town

Once upon a time, in an inspirational city by the sea, thousands of princes and princesses-to-be gathered for one magical night to attend the biggest lifestyle ball of them all… the Mother City Queer Project! Event director Ian McMahon and his trustworthy fairies will make wishes come true with the 19th Mother City Queer Project (MCQP), aptly themed Fairytale Fantasy, at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Festive season dining in Cape Town

Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.

Fazielah’s top three weekend adventure events

Cape Town, the Mother City, is an exhilarating playground for adrenalin junkies and nothing gets our hearts thumping quite like an adventure-filled weekend. Join me at the following exciting events from December 7 to 9, 2012:

Name Your Hood Initiative Kicks Off in Gugulethu

The Name Your Hood initiative, which kicked off in November 2012,  is set to create a sense of pride and identity in one of South Africa’s most famous townships, Gugulethu.

Believe it: Justin Bieber is coming to Cape Town!

Baby, baby, believe it because it’s true… the Biebster is coming to the Mother City in 2013. In a spectacular concert that is sure to set the hearts of many tweens aflutter, multi award-winning pop star Justin Bieber will makes thousands of admirers’ dreams come true by performing live at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.

Take a photo of our Facebook man in Cape Town and win big!

Mother City fans, your opportunity to win an R2 000 V&A Waterfront shopping voucher is here! To enter, all you have to do is snap a pic of our Facebook Man in and around Cape Town this week, from Monday to Sunday, December 3 to 9, 2012, upload it to our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fan page wall or tag @CapeTownTourism on Twitter with the #wheresyourprofileat by Monday, December 10, 2012.

Little Monsters’ guide: Important news for Lady Gaga’s Cape Town gig

Tonight (Monday December, 3, 2012) is the night, Lady Gaga fans! Mother Monster is ready to shock and entertain you at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. If you received your invitation to the Born This Way Ball with glee and booked your tickets months ago, there’s little doubt that you are going to have a fabulous time, darling! Before you rush off to Marry the Night with your favourite superstar and her opening acts Lady Starlight and The Darkness, let’s run through a few important things you need to know:

Cool summer entertainment for 2012/2013 in Cape Town

It’s not just the weather that’s hot in Cape Town during summer – it’s the entertainment, too! And this season, things are really heating up in the Mother City.

Fazielah’s top three free weekend events

Just because it’s pay day weekend, doesn’t mean you have cash to flaunt, right? No need to worry, I’ve got you covered, guys. From live music to spectacular parades and free food tastings, you can have a fabulous weekend in the Mother City for mahala (free).

Festive season: How Cape Town fans will celebrate Christmas 2012

The festive season is nearly upon us in sunny Cape Town. From the illuminating switch-on of the festive lights in the city centre to special lunch menus and bustling markets, the Mother City is decking her streets and halls with cheer and holly.

Mother City restaurants take top honours at the Alto Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town 2012 Awards

It’s official: Cape Town is home to the top 10 restaurants of Alto Top 100 Places to Eat! In a deliciously “byte-sized” contest, held online at www.spill.co.za, foodies from around the Mother City voted for their top 10 favourite eateries.

Switched on by Cape Town’s Festive Lights

10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... the yearly countdown to the switch-on of the festive lights by Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille is a sure sign that the Mother City is geared up for her summer holiday season. On Sunday 2 December, 2012, this popular annual event will once again ignite the city’s cheerful spirit amid great fanfare.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Summer Weekend Events in Cape Town

It’s the weekend, Mother City lovers! That means you’re free to do as you please and enjoy the many fabulous events, attractions and activities on offer in inspirational Cape Town.

Get Your Metallica Tickets at Cape Town Tourism!

Headbangers, it’s true: heavy metal band Metallica is coming to Cape Town! The nine-time Grammy Award-winners are set to give fans a hardcore musical experience like no other at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on Wednesday 24 April, 2013.