Heritage sites in Cape Town and Surrounds
Cape Town has a rich history – here are six of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots.
As every tourist knows, the story of a country can’t be adequately told in the history books.
It’s in the people, the buildings, the laughter and the landscape and it demands to be experienced before it can be understood.
Here are 6 of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots for you to begin your journey.
THE COMPANY’S GARDEN
Three and a half centuries ago in 1652, The Company’s Garden was Jan Van Riebeeck’s veggie patch. Today it’s decorated with imposing statues, Museums of Art and adorable squirrels. It’s the perfect place for a picnic and boasts a majestic view of Table Mountain.
GROOT CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN
Once the manor house of Cape Governor Simon van der Stel from 1699 to 1712, today Groot Constantia is provincial heritage site and award-winning wine farm set amongst some of the most magnificent landscapes in the country. Sipping on 3 centuries’ worth of refined South African vino is an excellent way to spend a Saturday!
THE CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
A pentagonal fortress built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, as the oldest building in the country The Castle of Good Hope naturally has more than a few ghost stories. Here are some fun facts about the citadel.
A photographer’s wet dream, the technicolour homes of the Muslim community of Bo-Kaap are Capetonian icons. Nearby, the Bo-Kaap Museum explains the social history of the former slave houses.
DORP STREET, STELLENBOSCH
This entire street is a national heritage sight. It’s the unmistakeable Cape-Dutch architecture, in this, the oldest town in South Africa, which combines gorgeously with ancient, gnarled oaks to line this old wagon road. A stroll down Dorp Street is a charming experience that resonates through the centuries.
Settled by French Huguenots (or Protestants) fleeing persecution in France, Franschoek is one of the Cape’s most heart wrenchingly beautiful areas overflowing with wine, misty mountains and rich history.
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