We all know that February is the month of love, the 14th being the rather commercial Valentine’s Day where flowers and chocolates fly of the shelves, unrealistic expectations abound and shopkeepers smile.
So, I am deliberately posting this on the very last day of the month of love, because why would we restrict romance to just one month or one day of the year?
But what defines romantic? It is more than flowers, chocolates and candle light surely?
Romantic “characterised by romance. evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love,”
Where do you go to feel the love? What place makes you feel good?
Finding the most romantic city in South Africa was no easy task, call me biased but I had to chose Cape Town.
We have wine, beach sunsets, mountain views and nature on our doorstep.
We can add flowers, chocolates and candles to any of these settings if you like.
Moonlight and fynbos add romance to your adrenaline rush when you book a full moon zipline experience with Cape Canopy Tours.
Thirteen slides and an extremely high suspension bridge take you on a moonlight adventure like no other, high in the mountains of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, situated about 45 km from the city centre.
If you prefer your adventure closer to home, try a tandem paraglide from the top of Signall Hill, affording views over the city, waterfront and ocean. Land on the promenade in Seapoint and calm down with cocktails and ocean views at Winchester Mansions.
A romantic table for two with a view
The iconic Ritz Hotel in Seapoint has recently been refurbished and describes itself as seductively luxurious.
What could be more romantic than dinner in the revolving restaurant on the 23rd floor where in their words ,the food is sexy and the views of the Atlantic Seaboard are simply perfect?
The award winning Silo Hotel in the V and A Waterfront must be experienced to be believed. Created from re purposed grain silos and situated above the Zeitz Moccaa Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the 360 views from the Granary Restaurant, Willaston Bar or rooftop are not to be missed.
Romantic for free
Catch a sunset on the beach. Pick a beach and make the sunset your own. Take a blanket, your costume if you think you can handle the cold Atlantic waves, a bottle of local wine, a flask of coffee, or whatever you think will add to your romantic moment, then sit back and enjoy it. Great beaches for sunset views include Lagoon , Dolphin or Blaauberg for iconic Table Mountain views, Hout Bay for drama or Muizenberg, Kalk Bay or St. James for warmer water if a moonlight dip is part of your idea of romance.
Other great spots for a picnic in nature with a view to die for are the top of Lion’s Head although this can be strenuous and crowded at times, the grassy slopes at Rhodes Memorial are a better choice for the less energetic.
These are just a few of the romantic spots in Cape Town and can be enjoyed all year round (we don’t seem to get rain here anymore)
Johannesburg, you were a strong contender, I love your exciting, fast paced creative energy, and the way the locals love you with a fierce intensity.
Your skyline at night is superb, your choice of restaurants, shows, activities and cultural experiences are endless.
If you had a mountain and a beach, I would have picked you.
When you need to slow things down and get your romance on , pack your bags, bring some water and book your flights . Cape Town is always ready to get your heart beating a little faster.
Disclosure. This post is a collaboration with TravelStart to find South Africa’s most romantic city.
Views of the V&A Waterfront from Signal Hill