Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa, you have wonderful views everywhere, a lot of things to do, lovely people, good food, sports, nature… One of the most famous place in the city is The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, that attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.
Pills Of History
The V&A Waterfront derives its name from the two harbour basins around which it is developed. Construction began in 1860, when Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, tipped the first load of stone to start the building of the breakwater for Cape Town’s harbour. Alfred Basin couldn’t handle the increased shipping volumes and subsequently a larger basin, the Victoria Basin, was built.
The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and the wonderful Table Mountain that I’ve already wrote a post about it here.
In V&A Waterfront you can find a Shopping Center with over 266 shops, major retail outlets, food merchants, museums, cinemas, dining and entertainment area.
You can find every kind of restaurant you desire and the atmosphere is really suggestive. The prices are a little bit higher comparing with other places in Cape Town.
The Waterfront is also the starting point for many tours in the city, as the guided visit to Robben Island and the classics sightseeing tours in the city or along the dockside.
Walking around the waterfront you can also find the original Clock Tower (the yellow one in the pic below), it’s located in Table Bay Harbour, close to the site of the original Bertie’s Landing restaurant. The clock tower was built in 1882 for the captain’s office.
The Clock Tower Centre has the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, where you catch the main ferry boat to the island. This side of the Waterfront is connected with the other area by a swing bridge, which swings open every 10 minutes to allow boats to pass underneath.
The Clock Tower boasts an old tidal-gauge mechanism on the bottom floor, which was used to check tide levels. The second floor holds a decorative mirror room, which enabled the port captain a full view of all harbour activities. The clock mechanism can be found on the top floor and thanks to the restoration of this national monument in 1997, the original clock is still in use today.
Here’s the map of The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront
Just taking a look at the pics in my album what a homesickness… I’d love to be back there! The sun, the view, my running days one the coast, the fresh air (sometimes too windy!!!), just amazing! If you haven’t been to Cape Town you must go, I’m sure that you’ll love it!