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February 11, 2009

Things to do this Valentine’s Day

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Sunset at Table View, photo courtesy Kieran Connellan

Whatever your definition of a romantic date, Cape Town is the place to be.

Perhaps a touch of theatre is what you crave, or maybe a romantic stroll on one of Cape Town’s dazzling beaches or taking a walk through one of the nature reserves is the thing to do. Perhaps a spot of kite boarding or surfing gets your love juices flowing? For some, only a pub or club slakes the thirst of love, while for others fine food is required to satisfy romantic appetites.

Or if love has left you weak and weary, Cape Town has a host of top spas where you can relax and recover.

There are also plenty of fantastic shops to make sure you have the perfect gift for your darling.

One thing is certain, no matter what your fancy, there’s no better place to be this Valentine’s Day than in South Africa’s Mother City.

Check out Cape Town’s enticing Valentine’s specials on the Cape Town Tourism website to help you celebrate on the day of love.

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Shark cage diving, photo courtesy Tomas Hellberg

If you’d like to celebrate in a more unusual way, Cape Town is bursting with alternatives to the romantic dinner for two.

If you have a passion for food, then why not spend an evening together learning a new skill? Florentines in Kenilworth is offering sushi-making classes where couples can learn how to roll the rice with a special sushi mat and create perfect little parcels of delicious food. The classes are fun and challenging and as a reward for all your hard work you can savour your creations over a bottle of wine. For more information take a look at Florentine’s website.

Two people can hardly get closer together than on a legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Imagine your girlfriend with her arms around your waist, her hair blowing in the warm Cape Town breeze, as you twist and turn along the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive on your way to a relaxed lunch at Hout Bay. You’re guaranteed bonus points for ingenuity. For more information contact Harley-Davidson Cape Town on + 21 446 2996.

If you want to get someone’s pulse racing then shark cage diving might be the quickest way. Two dive operations are offering Valentine’s specials for those adventurous couples who like to share an adrenaline high. 

Top five most romantic spots in Cape Town

Location, location, location. Most often said about property or businesses, it is also very true about romance, passion and love.

Fortunately Cape Town has so many places ideally suited for romance on Valentine’s Day that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here are five suggestions. Visit the attractions or wine and dine sections on our website for more ideas.

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are lucky to celebrate the annual day of love during the summer, making Clifton Beach one of the best places to be.

Home to Millionaire’s Row, the gorgeous beach is known as Cape Town’s St Tropez, and is an ideal spot for a daytime picnic or lazy, late sundowners.

With a combination of shops, restaurants, nightspots, tourist attractions and museums in the city’s historic harbour the V&A Waterfront has everything you’re looking for and more.

However, if mountains, vineyards, good food and wine are more to your taste Cape Town’s beautiful wine farms offer an idyllic setting for a romantic getaway. With many of the wine farms sporting their own kitchens you can be assured of a great meal in beautiful surroundings to complement the fine wine.

If you prefer to stop and smell the flowers, Kirstenbosch Gardens is stunning place to relax and have a stroll in one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. The Silvertree Deli and Restaurant (open from 08h00 to 21h00, +27 21 762 9585; www.kirstenboschrestaurant.com) can organise picnic baskets to be enjoyed on the lawns and it serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

For some the only place to be is on top of the world, on the top of Table Mountain. So for your “King of the World” Titanic-style date, enjoy a glass of bubbly or a light meal and marvel at the view.

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