The city has recently received wide acclaim from top publications and news sites like the New York Times and Huffington Post. Now a Buzzfeed list has named it “the single most beautiful city on Earth.”
In a list of 20 cities, Cape Town trumps tourist favourites such as Paris, Barcelona, Rio and Stockholm.
Some reasons given include its distinctive landmarks like Table Mountain, its biodiversity (the Cape Peninsula is said to have more plant species than the whole of New Zealand), and more than 150 kilometers of beaches, which the article notes is more than Sydney and Rio combined.
Add to this dozens of suburban vineyards and more than 30 nature reserves, including Table Mountain National Park, which is two-and-a-half times the size of Manhattan (sorry Central Park), and you can see why this particular city offers a rather unique experience for visitors and residents alike.
Cape Town’s natural beauty is complemented by the magnificent array of British, Dutch and Malay architecture, as well as more modern examples of South Africa‘s post-Apartheid boom. Cape Town is a melting pot of Asian, African and European cultures and diverse religious influences which is evident in buildings like St. George’s Cathedral, the Habibia Soofi Mosque, the V& A Waterfront and the modern Cape Town soccer stadium. All of which makes it obvious why the city was named the World Design Capital 2014.
The marriage of stunning natural beauty and hundreds of years’ worth of diverse cultural influence has created a truly fascinating city, according to the Buzzfeed list.