Llandudno, the Surfing Capital of South Africa
Llandudno is a top surfing paradise and its beaches are surrounded by some of the most expensive, high class properties you’ll find. (In the region of Cape Town.) Yes, we’re talking Llandudno, South Africa here, not the popular, but less surf-focussed, town in North Wales, UK. Cape Town has long attracted visitors, from early Portuguese travellers searching for sea routes to the East right through to modern day surf seekers. Cape Town itself is a popular destination with both South African and international tourists and boasts a great range of beaches. It’s even popular with some wilder life in the form of a penguin colony at nearby Boulders Beach. For other travellers, Cape Town and its beaches are an absolute must.
Cape Town is situated at the southern tip of the continent and has a climate similar to the Mediterranean. Nestled beneath the world famous Table Mountain, the city is located on a coastline where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans mingle. Unlike the Mediterranean sea, the waters here are much colder, the coastline is ideal for surfing, but when it comes to swimming they are considered a touch bracing. Not that this puts of the South Africans off, who are a naturally hardy breed!
Beaches Close to Cape Town
- Clifton has four beaches and these are particularly popular with the young and trendy. Sunbathing, surfing and volleyball are all popular and although you don’t need to be cool – it certainly helps. Sun seekers will love all of Clifton’s beaches and the hot climate makes up for the cool waters.
- Camps Bay Beach, not far from Clifton, is also popular with tourists and locals alike. Excellent restaurants and bars are all close to the beach – making it a popular destination for the locals at weekends. Camps Bay Beach is busy throughout the summer season and the surrounding eateries are at the busiest at this time of year.
- Boulders Beach was chosen by the rare South African penguins for its sheltered location. The Cape is well known for its wild seas and as the wind blows in, both penguins and people head for Boulders, which is aptly named. The rounded boulders shelter the beach from the worst of the winds making it a favourite get away for both species.
- Simon’s Town close to Cape Town is one of the oldest settlements in the area and, in addition, to its attractive beaches the town hosts several museums dedicated to the its naval history. The weather during the summer means its unlikely you’ll be looking for shelter but during the winter when things are a little colder, and wetter, the museums may provide a welcome break!
Cape Town and Surrounding Attractions
Cape Town itself is an ideal place to stay and sample some of the best of South African hospitality. The range and variety of accommodation is excellent and prices are competitive. Served by a major international airport, it makes a good starting point to any South African adventure. Local transport is excellent and must sees, while in the area, include Table Mountain above the city with its fantastic panoramic views over the city to the Atlantic and the distant Indian Ocean. Also close to Cape Town is Robben Island of Nelson Mandela fame; regular tours are available to visit the island. The Cape is also known for its wine production, producing some of the finest wine of the New World variety. Cape Town makes an excellent base from which to explore the wider region and many tourists enjoy the opportunity to spend a day or so in the famous vineyards of the region, sampling both the incredible South African cuisine washed pleasantly down in the most civilised of manners.
Cape Town is an excellent location to sample the relaxed South African lifestyle, with a host of eateries serving everything from high class cuisine to local beef biltong dishes. The city and region offer an ideal place to start a South African adventure.