The lure of Cape Town lies in its spectacular setting and the beauty of its natural environment, as well as the rich cultural diversity of its people.

It has been a long and turbelant history and the effects of Apartheid still linger in the minds and hearts of the people. Transformation however has led to a feeling of hope in this new 'Rainbow Nation', which can be experienced in the cosmopolitan city centre of Cape Town. Flower sellers, business executives, parking attendants, office workers and shoppers all rub shoulders in a setting of both historical and modern buildings, backed by the city's most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The colourful Cape Malay Quarter, the remains of District Six, St George's Cathedral, Government Avenue and the old Castle are historically significant.

Cape Town's unique settings means that it can be enjoyed from various vantage points: Table Mountain and Lion's Head provide breathtaking views over the city bowl and the Cape Peninsula with its beautiful beaches; trips to Robben Island offer a dramatic sweep of scenery across to Table Bay; and harbour tours and old buildings await exploration at the cosmopolitan Waterfront. Many scenic routes meander along magnificent stretches of coastline and inland terrain leading to special places like Cape Point, the meeting place of the cold Benguela and warm Mozambique currents, and Chapman's Peak boasts one of the most picturesque drives in the country.

It is a city with four distinct seasons, each working its particular magic on Cape Town and bringing with it a flood of associations - Summer and white sandy beaches - Autumn's crisp colours - the ferocity of stormy seas in Winter - and Spring's show of Cape 'fynbos' flowers.!

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