The Telegraph Ranks Cape Town the Third Greatest City on Earth

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Come to Cape Town to find your freedom in the Third Greatest City on Earth! This is according to the Daily Telegraph’s survey, which assessed cities based on multiple metrics. The Mother City took a podium position primarily because of its sensational topography and geography. It was the only African city to make the list.

Cities were assessed based on the following aspects:

  • Population density in urban areas
  • Disabled accessibility
  • Homicide rates per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Annual hours of sunshine
  • Biggest park size
  • Age of oldest building
  • LGBTQ+ safety
  • Museums and galleries
  • Highest observation point – including natural vantage points
  • Five-star hotels
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Distance between city centre and closest airport
  • Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • Clean air per Carbon Disclosure Project environmental performance index

Bonus points were given to cities with a beach, a bike or scooter-sharing scheme, a metro system with more than just buses and railways, a canal system, harbour or river and a symphony orchestra.

Supplied: City of Cape Town

Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth at the City of Cape Town says: “It’s accolades like this that really bring home just how special our city is! They firmly entrench what we all know: Cape Town is a best-in-class destination that offers unparalleled beauty, culture, and creativity. We’ve seen a positive increase in visitor recovery numbers – international and domestic arrivals – over the last few months. This positive news is the result of targeted and effective campaigns and strategies implemented by the City and Cape Town Tourism that capture the variety of our destination and we will continue working hard to ensure we reach greater heights. We’re sure this will be a wonderful catalyst to continue this trajectory.”

Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism confirmed that they have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure these numbers increase.

We’ve been working hard to play our part in this as well. Our recently launched Find Your Freedom Travel Experience is a choice-driven, immersive travel experience that lets visitors virtually explore Cape Town, their way. Players choose their persona – the Fearless Foodie, Nature Warrior or Urban Adventure – and are taken down a rabbit-hole of rapid videos showcasing the best Mother City offerings linked to their interests. We’ve seen a tremendously positive response to the experience so far, with many people going on to book their bucket-list trips through Expedia, which has a host of Find Your Freedom-linked deals.

We are extremely proud of yes another global accolade. To us, it’s the greatest city on earth and the perfect place to Find Your Freedom

Cape Town’s outstanding topography and geography made it stand out from other cities, but because of a high crime rate and poor safety record, it did not place higher on the list.

Cape Town, South Africa and Marrakesh, Morocco are the only African cities on the list:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Sydney
  3. Cape Town
  4. Lisbon
  5. Venice
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Dubai
  8. London
  9. Vancouver
  10. Florence
  11. Stockholm
  12. Paris
  13. Seville
  14. San Francisco
  15. Melbourne
  16. Vienna
  17. Madrid
  18. Singapore
  19. Dubrovnik
  20. Beijing
  21. Tokyo
  22. Rome
  23. Berlin
  24. Dublin
  25. Istanbul
  26. Auckland
  27. Edinburgh
  28. Tel Aviv
  29. Havana
  30. Copenhagen
  31. New York City
  32. Rio de Janeiro
  33. Mexico City
  34. New Orleans
  35. Amsterdam
  36. Prague
  37. Bruges
  38. Toronto
  39. Buenos Aires
  40. Krakow
  41. Las Vegas
  42. Shanghai
  43. Hong Kong
  44. Budapest
  45. Chicago
  46. New Delhi
  47. Athens
  48. Bangkok
  49. Mumbai
  50. Marrakesh
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