A seaside village is most often defined by stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes, and a relaxed atmosphere, and this is exactly what Melkbosstrand and Bloubergstrand offer. Many people today choose to live in one of these towns to get away form the city’s hustle and bustle, and it has also become popular tourist destinations where visitors come to unwind and reenergise.
Bloubergstrand is situated about 17km from Cape Town’s city centre and its name literally translates to “blue mountain beach,” which is derived from the breath-taking view of Table Mountain from Blouberg’s beach. Besides being a popular destination for tourists and kitesurfing enthusiasts, Blouberg is also a prestigious residential area.
The area offers numerous restaurants where visitors and residents can enjoy fresh, local seafood dishes and delicious wines from surrounding wine routes, such as the Durbanville Wine Route. Furthermore, a day at the beach is always an option, where you can watch water sport enthusiasts surf, kite surf, or paddle ski, while glancing at Robben Island in the distance.
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If you drive past Bloubergstrand, away from Cape Town, the next seaside village you will come across is Melkbosstrand. Here, you will know that you have arrived in the West Coast! The town is named after a species of plant that grow on the dunes that give off a milky substance, commonly known as Melkbos.
Melkbos is approximately 36km outside of Cape Town and has become a popular destination for holiday makers and water sport enthusiasts, especially surfers. It is also the most northern suburb of the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality. The area has been protected from mass urban development due to its insulation by the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve and Koeberg’s security zones, which has resulted in Melkbos remaining a quaint seaside village.
There are plenty of things to do in Melkbos, such as enjoying fresh seafood at popular seaside restaurants, hiking on numerous trails in and around the area, visiting the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant or the South African Air Force Museum, or just relaxing on the beach. For the adventure seeker, sandboarding, sky diving, surfing, and paintball, are also recommended activities.
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