Named the World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town hosts many beauties that have earned this African city the coveted title, and the spectacular architecture of the Cape Town International Airport is part of the city’s friendly welcome. On the flights to Cape Town the first thing you notice is beautiful Table Mountain as the plane approaches the airport. If it’s not the majestic mountains that will have you falling in love with its simplistic natural beauty, the vast landscape of the Cape Winelands leave much to be desired for the daring palette. Yet, it is the endless oceans that stretch beyond the Atlantic Seaboard and the West Coast beaches offering white sands to laze around on under the African sky.

Essentially, it is Cape Town’s creative flair that will pleasantly surprise you, which is one of the many reasons visitors from around the world flock here. The splendour is unparalleled. To say a melting pot of cultures embody this city would be a paradigm; it is home to anyone who lays their hat here in the Western Cape Province.

Whether you’re in visiting Cape Town for business or pleasure, there are a few things you should do before leaving.

Robben Island – Dutch for “Seal Island”, this South African National Heritage site was the home of Nelson Mandela during apartheid. The progression of South Africa’s Democracy is cemented in every nook and crack on this island.

Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens – Cushioned at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town is this magical garden where you can picnic, admire the ‘fynbos’ or enjoy a live music concert. The Garden’s new attraction is the Treetop Canopy Walkway, also referred to as ‘Boomslang’. This 130-meter-long walkway curves through trees till it peaks at about 12 metres and joins a forest floor. Here you’ll have an aerial view of the abundance of indigenous species that live there.

Table Mountain – Most likely the most famous of tourist attractions, the splendour of this world-famous attraction offers a breath-taking bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The brave and adventurous can hike up Platteklip Gorge while the not-so-adventurous can still soak in the splendour with a ride to the top in a cable car.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Restaurants and the finest selection of boutiques and shops galore, this is a must-stop [shop] for anyone wanting to soak in the ambience of the Mother City. Here you can shop till you drop, and when you do drop, there are plenty of spots for you to sip on a cocktail while taking in the ocean breeze.

Clifton Beach – Known as Cape Town’s St Tropez, the lush white sands and clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean stretches across four individual beaches. Clifton is also a short distance away from Camp’s Bay, which is set against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range where restaurants and bars route the promenade with palm-trees.

Grand Parade – This public square is surrounded by Cape Town City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope and the Cape Town railway station. On any given day, the Grand Parade serves as a marketplace where you can find almost anything from fabric to African tokens. This is also the first place where Nelson Mandela addressed South Africans when he was released from prison in 1990.