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September 27, 2013

The V&A Waterfront Harbour Life in #LoveCapeTown

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s oldest working harbour and the country’s most visited cultural destination in #LoveCapeTown, attracting millions of visitors each year.

The V&A Waterfront in #LoveCapeTown is the city's moste visited cultural and shopping destination. Photo courtesy of coda

Did you know?

- The harbour started with a small wooden jetty built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654, with a view to establishing Cape Town as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company.
- Construction really only began in 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater. This also explains how the V&A Waterfront got its name – the V&A is named after Queen Victoria of England, and her youngest son, Prince Alfred.
- The Waterfront we know today was launched in 1990. The precinct boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain and is home to the Gateway to Robben Island. It is a combination of shops, markets, restaurants, nightspots, tourist attractions and historic sites.
- In fact, visitors to the Waterfront can do a self-guided or guided Historical Walking Tour of the V&A, with more than twenty official landmarks on-site.

Want to know more?

Visit the Maritime Centre in the Union Castle Building, to unearth Cape Town’s maritime history. Another historical site not to be missed is the Chavonnes Battery Museum – a national heritage site and the Table Bay’s second coastal fortification after The Castle of Good Hope.

The Chavonnes Battery was made redundant in 1860, when construction of the Alfred Basin in the harbour began.

Keep in mind that the V&A Waterfront has an intriguing string of Spring themed experiences for visitors to uncover, from food and fashion to kids’ activities, as part of their Discover Unexpected Spring campaign. Competitions are also on the go until 27 October,2013. Follow @VandAWaterfront on Twitter and use the #UnexpectedVandA for more information. 

On Monday 23 September, 2013, Cape Town instagramers joined our #LoveCapeTown team for an instawalk around the harbour. Check out their pics on our blog and keep following the conversation on Twitter if you #LoveCapeTown.

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