Western Cape Tourism Region: Cape Peninsula
Cape Town Cape Peninsula Travel
The Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town consistently features in top travel destination polls around the globe. If the combination of extreme natural beauty, rich multi-cultural experiences, exceptional wines, and a loads of fashion, food and fun appeal to you, then Cape Town should top your personal list of must-visit places. Portfolio is proud to present the best of the best luxury Cape Town accommodation establishments – each of our 127 Cape Town villas, B&Bs, boutique hotels and guest houses have been personally and independently assessed. So whatever Portfolio establishment you choose you can rest assured of a wonderful nights sleep.
Use our Cape Town map to navigate your way to the best quality accommodation in Cape Town, as hand-selected and benchmarked by Portfolio Collection.
The first foreign travellers to South Africa endured voyages of many weeks in duration, during which stormy seas, ill-health, possible death, endless days and high drama on the high seas were all part of the deal. However, on his historic journey in 1652, Jan Van Riebeeck, along with his wife Maria, their infant son and crew made the 120 day trip in a mere 104 days with very little illness and a mere 2 deaths to mar the voyage. Small wonder the newcomers were well-disposed towards this beautiful if wild new world, with its flat topped mountain, mild Mediterranean climate and rich soil. Van Ribeeck and co soon set to work to create a half-way house for traders en route to the East from Europe, and the foundations of the modern city of Cape Town were laid.
Happily, today’s travellers generally enjoy a far more pleasant, quicker journey to the Fairest Cape, the most popular gateway to South Africa. And the site of Table Mountain is as welcoming and inspiring as it has always been.
Some of the most popular Cape Town destinations include:
Beautiful people, gym-built bodies and the rich and famous – you’ll find them along this stretch of designer coastline with its white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters and dozens of delis, cafes and winebars - trendy lifestyle living at its best.
From the V&A Waterfront, via buzzy Sea Point, trendy Camps Bay, the delightful beaches of Clifton and Bantry Bay and all the way to beautiful Llandudno, the Atlantic Seaboard is Cape Town’s most popular tourist destination.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Join the relaxed crowds at Cape Town’s working harbour which boasts a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Take a ferry to Robben Island.
Blouberg’s beaches are famous for kite surfing and paragliding. After you have captured your panoramic shot of Table Mountain, relax at one of the local eateries.
Cape Point & the Southern Peninsula
Drive via rural Noordhoek (stopping for a delicious breakfast at Café Roux at the Noordhoek Farm Village) through the fishing village of Kommetjie and the eco-village of Scarborough, all beautiful Cape Town tourism destinations in their own right, and spend time at the magnificent Cape Point Nature Reserve. Hike, swim, surf, explore, visit the Dias crosses and shipwreck remains and enjoy lunch at the onsite restaurant.
Head back via Simon’s Town (stopping off to visit the African Penguin colony at Boulders and Seaforth beaches), Glencairn, Fish Hoek, arty Kalk Bay, picturesque St James and the surfer’s paradise of Muizenberg for a full tour of the Peninsula. Portfolio offers quality benchmarked Cape Town accommodation in all these suburbs.
Vibey Café e Vida on Kloof Street makes classic foamy cappuccinos and yummy muffins, it’s a trendy and central spot to meet a friend. Long Street is a legend, Cape Town’s own bohemian quarter, packed with shops, bookstores cafés and clubs and famous for its night life. Visit the historic Long Street Baths for an original Turkish steam bath.
The suburbs of Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and Gardens are crammed with pretty historical houses, quaint shopping precincts, café society life style centres and quiet suburban cul de sacs. Visit museums and art galleries, grab a bite, then head up to the cable car station and take a ride to the top of Table Mountain in the revolving cable car.
De Waterkant - Fast becoming known as Cape Town’s Décor District, with shops selling everything from antiques to traditional, shabby chic, ethnic and Bauhaus. Trendy alfresco cafés and bistros. Bordering Green Point’s Somerset Road, it is the city’s welcoming gay nightlife district.
Green Point - Excellent coffee and deli delights at Giovanni’s - for a great local vibe and good food. Treat yourself to the fabulous bakes, cakes and light lunches at Miss K in Somerset Road, and nearby Manos restaurant is a must. The Sunday open-air market on Green Point Common sells everything!
The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town
Newlands (home to Portfolio’s head offices) stop in at the charming Montebello craft complex houses a variety of shops and traditional crafters. Newlands is home to the famous cricket and rugby stadia.
Nearby Claremont is a great place to shop with luxurious malls and boutique stores everywhere.
Drive through exclusive Bishopscourt to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. Stroll through the gardens, and in summer enjoy live concerts on Sundays at sunset.
Head for Constantia to explore the winelands region closest to Cape Town. Groot Constantia is filled with history and fine wines, while excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs can be found throughout rural Constantia.
Fancy a day at the races? Head for the Kenilworth Race Course.
Portfolio offers a selection of fine Cape Town and Cape Peninsula accommodation options including B&Bs, guest houses and boutique hotels in the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town CBD, Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs and Deep South. Contact us for all your Cape accommodation needs.