Outdoors in Cape Town – Things you can do for free

Cape Town has something for everyone; good food and wine, beautiful beaches, great shopping, museums and beautiful nature spots.  When the weather is good most Cape Townians head outdoors to experience the best the city has to offer without spending a penny.  Here’s some of the best outdoor activities for everyone in Cape Town that you can do for free!

Hike up Lion’s Head

This moderate hike up Cape Town’s iconic Lion’s Head Mountain is one of my favorite outdoor activities in the city.  Start your hike early to avoid the heat in summer, or do the full moon hike at night.  You’ll be rewarded with the best views of the bay, for free.  For more details and tips on the hike, read my full post here.

View from the top of Lion's Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance
View from the top of Lion’s Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance

Picnic on Signal Hill
If you’re not up for a hike, you can drive past Lion’s Head on to one of Cape Town’s other landmarks, Signal Hill.  This is the perfect spot for a picnic and to watch the sun go down over Table Bay.

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Croatian Adventure: Picnic at sundown on the island of Rab

When you think about Croatia, you think about islands, sunshine, old red-roofed towns and vividly blue beaches.  A visit to one of Croatia’s smaller islands in the Northern Gulf of Kvarner, Rab, surprised me with its pine forest inlets and light spring drizzle.  What better way to celebrate the reappearance of the sun (just in time for sunset) with a quick improvised picnic?

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What about Nice? A city on its own

The first thing you’ll hear about Nice, the fifth biggest city in France, is its blue waters and famous pebble beaches.  The capital of the Côte d’Azur is unlike any of the other big French cities.  It’s glitzy but not quite like Paris, it’s a port city but not quite like Marseille, a resort town but not quite like St. Tropez…

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The Croatian Adventure: The town of Opatija

I recently enjoyed a trip to the northern part of the Croatian coast.  I went on a boat cruise to see some of the northern islands of Croatia, a bit off the normal tourist path.  Our trip started in the harbor of Opatija, a resort town of old in the Gulf of Kvarner.  Traveling in the beginning of spring provided me with beautiful fresh green nature and blooms with gloomy spring showers setting the tone. Opatija5 Continue reading “The Croatian Adventure: The town of Opatija”

Oh, for the love of Spain! Reasons to always return…or go in the first place

SUN, SEA AND PERFECT GEOGRAPHY

Spain sits comfortably between Portugal and France and looms across the Mediterranean Ocean at Northern Africa.  In the North, the Atlantic Ocean lapse at its shores.  Geographically inclined to provide dry, sunny weather, finding your own soul-satisfying corner of earth on the Spanish coastline or the interior Andalusia or Basque Country, can be rewardingly easy.  Spain provides something for everyone: mountains for the climbers and explorers, beaches for the sun worshipers, resorts for the family vacationers, ancient walking trails for the pilgrims, big city shopping for the shoppers and culture, so much culture…

CULTURAL EXPLOSION FOR THOSE WHO DARE

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