With its gloriously long summers and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day, the breathtaking landscapes of Cape Town make for the perfect winter timeshare retreat.
Temperatures hover around 26C in January and February, so now is the ideal time to visit Cape Town’s pristine beaches, glittering seas and stylish bars and there is plenty to keep visitors occupied.
For the best views of the sprawling city, head to the top of Table Mountain. The craggy mountain is surrounded by lush landscapes and natural fauna and boasts some spectacular sunsets.
Meanwhile, the multi-cultural city centre is perfect for exploring on foot. There are a number of guided walks in the city including a three-hour guided tour with Footsteps to Freedom (www.footstepstofreedom.co.za) or just take a short stroll through Company Gardens. If your feet are aching after too much on-foot sightseeing then catch a taxi to the waterfront from the Convention Centre for a spot of people-watching.
If you’ve come just for the sun, there are four separate strips of sand on Clifton Beach where you can soak up the strong rays then refresh with a dip into the icy cold waters of the Atlantic.
South Africa is renowned for its delicious wines, so why not become a connoisseur during your break? Book a personalised wine tour with former chairman of the Wine Tasters Guild, Stephen Flesch (www.gourmetwinetours.co.za), who will tailor an itinerary that covers both the grand historical and the rustic off-the-beaten-track.
There are many flights to Cape Town from the UK, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offering direct flights. Flights take 12 hours, but with just a one hour time difference, you won’t even be jet lagged and you’ll return home with a guaranteed winter tan.