Cape Town has a warm climate, gorgeous untouched beaches, and steep hills that overlook a busy bay and streets lined with Victoriana. The dazzling city is made even more dramatic with the massive flat-topped Table Mountain as a backdrop. It's the most European of African cities, although over the course of its troubled history, the Old World blended first with indigenous Khoisan and imported Malay slaves, then more recently Xhosa (pronounced ko-za) culture. It's crammed with sites of great historic and moral importance. And, as if that isn't enough, its fruitful vineyards have inspired a fledgling culinary revolution. Re-energized since democracy came to South Africa in 1994, and soaking in its newfound status as a favorite tourist destination, Cape Town is riding high.
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