COUNTRY: South Africa
I don’t know about you, but when I’m on holiday, there are some times when I don’t feel like being stewarded around by a guide, or having to fight my way through the more popular (and therefore crowded) spots out in the sun. There are times when a long, leisurely walk looking out at the ocean is just what the doctor ordered.
If you are like me, then let me tell you one of my favorite spots in City; The Sea Point Promenade is not really marketed as a spot, so it’s generally really quiet, and what you have on offer is about 3 kilometers of walkway, meandering along the front of Sea Point. With beautiful views up toward the mountain on the one side, and the wide open ocean on the other, it’s great to get some soft serve and take a stroll, just going slowly, sitting on one of the many benches that follow the route, or taking a picnic and relaxing on one of the many grassed areas.
There are also a few things to do while you are there. There are 2 putt-putt courses, a maze, the beautiful old Mouille Point Lighthouse (still operational) and, on the other end of the walk, there is a public bathing area with three swimming pools and a diving pool, to cool off from the walk. Taxis are easy to come by as well, so you could just walk until spirits flag, and then catch a ride back. And if the weather is bad, and the seas are stormy, there are few more accessible spots to experience its might, even from the comfort of your vehicle.
It’s not for the run of the mill, this. There aren’t many obvious attractions to draw you to this area, and you aren’t going to be screaming about this as your first holiday tale, but it is an amazing place to take someone special, just unwind without anyone disturbing you, letting the sea breeze cleanse your soul while the ice cream cools it, and just feel glad you’re in Cape Town. Hats/sun cream are necessary, as is water. Walking shoes recommended, but not essential. (paths are paved) Oh, and it’s best to experience this walk before dark…
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