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Cape Town is not only a beautiful city, but also one of the most cosmopoliton, tolerant and openly pink cities in the world. 

The Mother City, as Cape Town is fondly called, is gay-friendly, with a multitude of venues which cater specificially for the gay community.

In South Africa it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their gender or sexual orientation, and it is therefore commonplace to see openly gay people in the city. 

Be it along the Sea Point promenade, sipping cocktails in Camps Bay, enjoying cultural delights like our museums and art galleries, wherever you go, the welcome will be warm and friendly.

South Africa legalised gay marriages in 2006 and since then an entire wedding planning industry has sprung up. Getting married in Cape Town can be a spectacular affair, with beautiful venues, delicious food and wedding planners able to conjure up any theme.

A world-class gay destination

While gay people hang out wherever, and with whomever, they want, there are places in the city that are uniquely pink, such as De Waterkant, Green Point and Sea Point.

Cape Town is among the top 20 gay travel destinations for 2013, according to a survey conducted by Out Now Business Class, who specialises in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) market.

This comes after Clifton Third Beach was named among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com.

Sandy Bay, the only nudist beach in Cape Town, is also a favourite sunbathing spot.

When it comes to staying over in the city, gay travellers are spoilt for choice. The Grand Daddy and The Vineyard Hotels are gay-friendly, but there is a growing trend to gay-only establishments, such as the Pink Rose Guest House  and the Amsterdam Guest House.

The discerning traveller who enjoys the finer things in life will take great joy in shopping at the V&A Waterfront, South Africa's most popular tourist destination. The Waterfront has special section dedicated to international designer brands.