Winter in Cape Town

_DSC1649 With Cape Town located in the Western Cape, and having a mediteranean climate (meaning winter being the rainy season) it is easy to assume that winter is very gloomy, cold, and miserable. Being called the “Cape of storms” does not do Cape Town’s reputation much good either, and firmly puts Cape Town on the “to be avoided in winter”  list in most ill-informed people’s minds.It is true that winter in the Cape does have it’s gloomy and stormy days, but that does not mean that all is lost – far from it. In fact, winter is our favourite time of year and we thoroughly enjoy this time of year. The cold, rainy days are dealt with by staying indoors near a source of heat, and time is passed by enjoying a fine red wine and reading a good book.

_DSC4923 The flip-side of the coin is that when it is not rainy, then we experience some of the finest weather that one can imagine. Sure it is not hot and sweaty, but the air is clean and the sky is crystal-clear, with no trace of wind – just lovely sunshine 🙂 That is the time to get outside and to experience the joy of being in “The Fairest Cape” !

Following are only a few suggestions of things to do as experienced by ourselves in recent days – feel free to add your own ideas! :

Take a walk on the beach near Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Take a walk on the beach near Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Enjoy a cocktail in the sun.

Enjoy a cocktail in the sun.

Take a lazy outside bath, have some bubbly, and read a book!

Take a lazy outside bath, have some bubbly, and read a book!

Enoy some fine seafood such as stuffed calamari tubes, pan-fried to perfection  and drizzled with a creamy garlic sauce.

Enoy some fine seafood such as stuffed calamari tubes, pan-fried to perfection and drizzled with a creamy garlic sauce.

If seafood is not your thing, try some fries and deep-fried Camembert.

If seafood is not your thing, try some fries and deep-fried Camembert.

Enjoy some wine at one of the many fine wine estates.

Enjoy some wine at one of the many fine wine estates.

The bottom-line is this:

Winter in Cape Town is a fine time of the year to experience the very best that is on offer!

We love it 🙂

 

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