Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, nestled between mountain, forest, and sea. It offers world-class sundowner spots, scenic drives, and some of the most breath-taking vistas you’ll ever see. Not even the locals get tired of these views.
Here are some of our favourite scenic spots in and around Cape Town, for the next time you want to feast your eyes.
Blouberg without a doubt offers the best views of Table Mountain in town. Its two main beaches, Big Bay and Little Bay, are pristine and over the ocean are beautiful views of Table Mountain, the City Bowl and Robben Island. The wind can be pretty epic, but locals use it to their advantage; this is the center for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Cape Town. Besides lounging on the beach, you can also enjoy an outdoor lunch at one of the many beachfront restaurants or bars.
Cape Point quite rightly has a reputation for being the most beautiful promontory on the planet. Stand atop cliffs that rise out of the churning turquoise waters and watch the gulls swoop beneath you. Stare out at the horizon and truly understand the meaning of the word “infinite”. Or walk the trails exploring the unique coastal fynbos, and looking out for the critters that call it home. You can reach the top of the cliffs on foot or take the Flying Dutchman Funicular.
You’ll find the scenic Kirstenbosch Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. The gardens are gorgeous with a huge variety of indigenous plant life. Everywhere you look, no matter the time of year, something is in bloom. Take the canopy walkway, known as the Boomslang, which wind along the treetops above the garden. The views of the back of Table Mountain and the Cape Town suburbs are lovely. There are many trails, forest walks, and open lawns to explore, and a number of great restaurants.
Lion’s Head forms part of Table Mountain and offers magnificent 360-degree views of Cape Town. The hike up Lion’s Head takes you spiralling up along the contours of the slope, making it a relatively easy hike—also there is a little bouldering and chain climbing to be done. Each time the trail rounds the mountain, the views get more and more impressive, and the panoramic views from the top are incredible.
Robben Island was where Nelson Mandela and World Heritage site. It’s accessible only by boat, and the ride itself has some great views. From the island you’ll take in the unobstructed sea views and a unique perspective of Cape Town, Sea Point, Green Point, and Table Mountain. You may even be lucky enough to spot whales, dolphins, and seals.
Our favourite mountain needs no introduction. It’s one of the best spots to experience mesmerising views of the Mother City. Whether you decide to hike or take a cable car to the top, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the city, the Atlantic Seaboard, and Camps Bay, the Helderberg, and the whole Cape peninsula.
Gordon’s Bay is about an hour outside of town, but it’s worth it for the sunsets alone. Crystal Pools features stunning pools where you can leap from cliffs into the crisp, cool water below. The beaches are quiet with incredible views of the sun going down over the ocean. There are frequently dolphins playing in the waves too!