We’ve just heard that Cape Town has been included in UK newspaper The Telegraph’s list of The World’s Most Beautiful Cities. We come in at number 12, just after Rome! First on their list is Isfahan in Iran.
Here’s an extract from their reasons for choosing Cape Town:
First, there’s the in-your-face beauty of a craggy mountain range that drops precipitously into a glittering sea, its flanks carpeted in greens and delicate florals – the Cape Floral Kingdom, smallest yet richest in the world. Then there’s the pristine white beaches lapped by – it must be said – a chilly Atlantic, their curves defined by giant granite boulders. Couple this with good food, better wine, thriving art scene and possibly one of the best ranges of accommodation in the southern hemisphere, from boutique guesthouse to luxury resort – and there is little reason not to visit.
We love keeping track of accolades won by our incredible city, so here’s a rundown of some of the awards and recognitions we’ve notched up this year:
Travel+Leisure World’s 30 Friendliest Cities (August 27, 2015)
An annual list drawn up through a survey requesting readers to weigh in on their favourite cities around the world. Cape Town comes in at number 11. The most friendly city, apparently, is Galway, Ireland.
CNN, Travel + Leisure World’s Best Cities (July 2015)
An annual list of the world’s best cities based on reader surveys. Cape Town is at number 9, with Kyoto in Japan at number 1.
“Forget everything you thought you knew about Africa. Cape Town is cutting-edge, artsy and buzzing with energy.” – CNN World’s Best Cities
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Destinations (March 2015)
The awards are based on millions of reviews by travellers. Cape Town comes in at number 10, after Paris at 9. Marrakech in Morocco is number 1.
International Garden of the Year (2015)
Cape Town’s world famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens was named International Garden of the Year in the 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards in Toronto, Canada.