Due to its favourable geographical position, Cape Town is one of the most important sea ports in the world. By the end of the 19th century the existing harbour was simply not big enough so an extension was started. Over the years the harbour complex has been continuously expanded and modernised. During this construction, much of the former harbour bay was landfilled to create space for new buildings for the city centre of today. The land gained from the sea is called the Foreshore.
The oldest part of the Cape Town harbour complex was thoroughly restored in 1990 and transformed into a recreational resort with exclusive shopping centres. Hundreds of restaurants, coffeeshops and bistros, live music bars and pubs make a stroll through the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by day and by night an unforgettable experience.
Take a ferry around the harbour, go on a sailing trip to Table Bay or let a fast catamaran take you to Robben Island. Also part of the Waterfront are two museums, a cinema complex including the mega-screen Imax cinema, a theatre and the very impressive Two Oceans Aquarium. If you don't find your way home afterwards, you'll have the choice of three first-class hotels that are frequently visited by international celebrities. What makes the Waterfront one of a kind, is the fresh harbour atmosphere with its historical buildings, the cosmopolitan flair and the presence of the magic mountain in the background. Further information, travel hints and accommodation to be found on the blue INFO page.
Top left: Clock Tower. Below: A couple of times every day the twomaster starts on a sightseeing trip. Right: Restored harbour buildings of the Waterfront.