Cape Town Central
Cape Town has always prided itself on its rich cultural heritage, reflected in a wide variety of arts and cultural events, diverse architecture and food and wine of internationals repute; all available right in the inner city area. The Central Business District of Cape Town is situated at the foot of iconic Table Mountain, facing north over Table Bay and the working harbour that first gave shelter to 17th century ships as they travelled the trade routes between Europe and the East. Because the CBD covers less than one square mile, a walking tour such as Footsteps to Freedom is to be recommended. All 350 years of South Africa's history is covered in less than four hours. The Castle of Good Hope, once at the water edge is now the eastern boundary of the city centre. On the western edge on the slopes of Signal Hill, is the colourful Bo-Kaap area, originally the designated living area of the Malay labourers, who were been brought to the Cape as political prisoners during the Dutch East India Company's presence in Cape Town in the 17th century. But even though Cape Town is an old City, the modern architecture of the CBD is seldom jarring and includes several award winning designs. There is accommodation in the CBD to suit all budgets, from 5star splendour to Backpackers specials.