A working dock might not seem like the ideal place for holiday accommodations, but in Cape Town the Waterfront area provides an amazing amount including luxurious and relaxing options.
The historic Victoria & Albert Waterfront is a busy harbour with tug boats bringing in cruise liners and container ships stopping at the Duncan Dock. Thus it is easy to think that the Waterfront does not have appropriate accommodation to satisfy the tastes of sophisticated visitors.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is named in honor of Prince Alfred, who started the harbour construction in 1860, and his mother Queen Victoria.
Beginning in 1988 the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront was updated to add a variety of modern amenities. The update transformed the area into a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
The modernization plan also included the addition of a variety of accommodations including apartments for residents, hotels and apartments for holiday visitors.
The modern high-class Waterfront has become among the most visited tourist spots in South Africa with more than 20 million visitors per year. There are a variety of things that attract visitors to the area.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is probably popular because it provides something for everyone with its old and modern architecture, water, boats, shopping, dining, and scenery.
The apartments in the Waterfront area provide views that may make you feel like a king. From a Waterfront apartment balcony you could watch people strolling and entertainment acts perform below your eyrie. You could also look out at the surrounding scenery including Table Mountain and the Durbanville Hills vineyards on the other side of Table Bay.
A Waterfront apartment also gives you easy access to the variety of restaurants and shops in the area. This allows you to have many options for what to eat for every meal without having to venture far from your lodgings.
After enjoying a meal and before heading back up to your Waterfront apartment, you can enjoy a variety of street entertainment including music and mime performances. You can enjoy being entertained by the street performers as you experience the warm evening.
The attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are varied enough to keep you coming back. There is always something to watch including boats, people, and even seals that hang out on the tyres by the harbour walls enjoying the warmth of the sun as they rest.
Those looking for more than just watching people and street performers, might enjoy shopping in the Waterfront shops. There are a variety of shops with high quality items to suit many tastes whether you are looking for souvenirs or just some retail therapy. If you are visiting the Waterfront with kids, the Two Oceans Aquarium is a must see attraction that adults can also enjoy.