The Peninsula is divided into two areas; the western Atlantic side including Table Bay and Cape Town, and the eastern False Bay. Many believe that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at Cape Point – a must-see in the Cape Peninsula. The Atlantic has icy waters, between 8º and 13Cº, and beautiful beaches. False Bay is warmer, between 13º and 20º and has safer waters.
Cape Town's name originated from the term 'Cape of Good Hope' when Bartholomew Diaz and other seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain, like an inn that promised hospitality and prosperity. The presence of Table Mountain in all its splendour still invokes this kind of emotion.
Stellenbosch is a city about 50km east of Cape Town. It was founded in 1679 and is the second oldest town in South Africa. The city is situated on the banks of the Eerste River ('First River') and is the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa's prime wine region.
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