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Bound between a backdrop of sparkling Atlantic Ocean, sweeping stretches of golden beaches and a craggy mountainous landscape, cosmopolitan Cape Town boasts one of the most spectacular cityscapes on earth. Famous for its magnificent harbour as well as key sights including Table Mountain and Cape Point, it is the oldest city in South Africa and was the site of the first European settlement during the 1600s. Cape Town is also South Africa's cultural hub, with a number of world-class museums that trace the city's colourful and tumultuous past and its development into one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth.
Whether visitors on a trip to Cape Town wish to explore the city's rich historical heritage, hike up to the top of Table Mountain or simply kick back on the miles of pristine beaches, there's always plenty to see and do. Those seeking adventure will not be disappointed with the range of outdoor activities available, from paragliding to whale-watching and dives with great white sharks. Cape Town is also a foodie heaven and some of South Africa's finest wineries are located close to the city's limits amid picture-perfect scenery.
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Flights to Cape Town land at Cape Town Airport. It is the second largest and second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa overall. Airlines that operate in South Africa fly direct to Cape Town Airport, as well as locations around Africa and the rest of the world.
Cape Town Airport is located approximately 12 miles from the city centre, situated within the parameters of the city's metropolitan area.
A route from the airport to Cape Town is formed by the N2 highway. There are numerous car rental agencies located in the domestic and international terminals. The international and domestic terminals are linked by a central terminal. Visitors travelling by bus can take the MyCiTi shuttle bus service, which connects the airport with the Civic Centre bus station in the city centre. Taxis and private transfers are available and it is advisable to travel with an authorised company.