Top Sunset Spots in Cape Town
It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing cities, and when it comes to beautiful sunsets, it’s easy to see why. Whether you’ve made Cape Town your holiday destination for a few days or you are lucky enough to call this city home, sunset hour in Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the Mother’s City’s most spectacular show-off moments! So in a city filled with epic sunset-indulging spots around every corner, we’ve made it our mission to uncover some of the best places to watch the sun go down in Cape Town:
Before we begin, ‘what time does the sunset in Cape Town?‘ I hear you ask! Of course, sunset fluctuates throughout the year. The longest days are in December & January when the sun sets around 19:55. The shortest days are in June and July when the sun sets around 17:45. You can find detailed information at My Cape.
1. Signal Hill
Signal Hill Sundowner sessions are no secret to the locals. Enjoy unbeatable views of paragliders taking off into a vibrant sunset backdrop where the ocean meets the sky in an unending array of pastel tones. While a popular spot on pleasant nights, this space remains serene and peaceful; the ideal way to wrap up your day in the Mother City. Local Tip: Perfect for a last-minute sunset picnic that ticks all the boxes when it comes to romance, ambience and views! As there is already a netted tarp covering the area, so you won’t need to bring along a blanket. The only thing you need to worry about is which bubbly you’ll be popping in celebration of uncovering this hidden sundowner hotspot!
2. Table Mountain
No Cape Town guide is ever complete without mention of the Mother City’s most loved centrepiece. Now apart of the new “7 Wonders of the World”, as voted by 100 million people. Sunsets enjoyed from the top of the rock have you understanding exactly why this natural wonder made the list! Table Mountain is an unmissable experience all on its own – from the 360° rotating cable car to the Table Top Restaurant and views of the city from every angle. Taking it all in at sunset elevates this experience to a whole new level!
Appreciate the splendor of the city and its backdrop from the other side of town when you explore the rugged setting that is Bloubergstrand. Watch the sunset over the iconic Table Mountain and if you’re lucky enough you might get a glimpse of the infamous “Table Cloth” engulfing South Africa’s best-known peak! Cape Jargon: The Table Cloth refers to the rapidly descending clouds that fall over the flat-topped mountain, giving the appearance of a tablecloth laid over a table. For first-timers, this is a truly magnificent sight, for the locals however, setting the table comes standard around dinner time!
4. Azure Restaurant at Twelve Apostles
We’re extending this spot to just about any seafront restaurant along the Camps Bay strip – that with Azure Restaurant leading the pack! Take in unending views of the Atlantic Ocean paralleled by the awe-inspiring tones displayed in the sky as the sun sets over the horizon. This is the epitome of African sunsets with few things to rival the experience!
5. Cape Town Sunset Cruise
Soak up alternate views of the city as you experience sunset at sea. Enjoying ever-changing sunset views while kicking back and savouring a glass of the good stuff on an unbeatable ocean tour of the peninsula. Rock the boat with any one of the worthwhile boat trips on offer at the V&A Waterfront commercial harbour – there’s something to fit every budget.
You’re in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – chances are you can see and enjoy any one of the many natural wonders this spectacular city has to offer just by looking around. Cape Town is known for some of the most beautiful sunsets all year round, and the best part is, you can enjoy them from pretty much every corner of this Southern tip of the world!
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