Cape Town named best city in Africa, West Asia
The city of Cape Town in South Africa has been ranked as the best city in the updated Top 10 Cities in Africa and the West Asia (Middle East) region list.
According to one of the world’s biggest magazines, Travel + Leisure, this year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting from January through May 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.
Although Cape Town is ranked as the 20th best city in the world – out of 25 detailed by Travel + Leisure in between Triesta in Italy and Tokyo in Japan – it shines in the regional rankings.
In the Africa rankings, Cape Town comes first, followed by Marrakesh in Morocco. Fez and Essaouira, both in Morocco, also feature in the top ten, while Cape Town represents the only city in South Africa.
Cape Town is no stranger to receiving credit. Last year it was named “Africa’s Leading Festival and Events Destination” at the World Travel Awards and dubbed the “Greatest City in the World” by the Telegraph Travel Readers Award for the seventh consecutive year.
Known for its temperate climate and prime position between mountains and sea, this city is a draw for travelers seeking a mix of urban exploration and nature experiences.