It comes as no surprise that Cape Town was voted as the greatest city on Earth in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018, making this the sixth year in a row that the Mother City has claimed the top spot.

The Telegraph Travel Awards performs an annual survey to find out Telegraph Travel readers’ favourite cities.

Over 45 000 readers responded to the survey and Cape Town was placed at number one, above popular cities such as New York and Tokyo.

Venice surprisingly dropped down to seventh place after having held a spot in the top three for six years in a row. Meanwhile, Seville, a small city in Spain, is slowly climbing the ranks, going from holding 13th place three years ago to holding fourth place in 2018.

Sydney, Florence and New York held their positions from last year’s awards.

From Table Mountain to wine farms to the penguins of Boulders beach, not to mention the laid-back Capetonian lifestyle, there are dozens of reasons tourists and locals flock to the Mother City’s shores.

Top 10 cities in the world as voted by the Telegraph Travel Readers (UK) 

1. Cape Town

2. Tokyo

3. Vancouver

4. Seville

5. Sydney

6. New York

7. Venice

8. Florence

9. Rome

10. San Francisco

The Telegraph/ Telegraph Travel Readers Awards

Here are several reasons why our beloved city was voted the greatest on Earth this year. 

1. The exquisite Winelands


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2. Our ideal beaches, which make up the city’s unreal natural landscape.

3. Table Mountain, the landmark of Cape Town 

4. The African penguins who waddle along the beaches

5. Delicious eating out options such as La Colombe, which ranks as the sixth-best fine-dining restaurant in the world according to TripAdvisor


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“Art stretches far beyond paintbrush to canvas at La Colombe restaurant in Constantia– and this is where head chef Scot Kirton’s flair for innovation is delivered through his detail-driven passion right onto your dinner plate. Scot’s exquisite plating skills are a precise art: balanced and perfectly harmonious. His team’s faultless techniques are awe-inspiring to say the least, and this is why we think a visit to La Colombe needs to be on your Cape Town art itinerary! It was recently voted as the seventh Best Restaurant in the World by TripAdvisor, and our advice is to go and taste for yourself. A wise word of warning, however – book as soon as possible.” – House and Leisure Magazine #plating #foodart #canvas #constantia1685 #finedining

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You can also try any one of these holiday packages and experiences:

  1. The Royal Livingstone Hotel 5 | From R10 290 per person sharing
  2. Coin de Mire Attitude Mauritius 3 | From R13 990 per person sharing
  3. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta | From R26 740 per person sharing
  4. Tarangire Treetops & Zanzibar Combo 5 | From 41 490 per person sharing
  5. Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Combo 4 | From R43 990 per person sharing


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