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Port Elizabeth, also known as PE, is not particularly known for its cosmopolitan lifestyles and urban attractions. What makes it one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa is that it actually offers quite the opposite – it allows tourists to get back in time and enjoy the sights and activities that truly define travel – things like mesmerizing landscapes, beautiful beaches, exotic bays, a rich wildlife and equally beautiful birds are all second nature to the city.

Port Elizabeth also offers its visitors with a host of attractions and manages to look and feel like a small village despite being a popular coastal city of South Africa. Diving, mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, safaris, kite surfing, surfing and wind surfing are some of the best things to do in the city and there are a number of historical sights and breathtaking architectural landmarks to explore as well. The city itself might have been industrialized, but tourists can still manage to see beautiful rows of Victorian terraces in its suburbs.

The abundance of bars and pubs, the hundreds of restaurants and hotels, a laid back lifestyle and friendly locals are a few other factors that help in drawing tourists from all over the world to this small coastal city.


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1. Bayworld
Beach Road, Humewood
www.bayworld.co.za
What is it? Port Elizabeth's most popular attraction consists of a complex on the beachfront that includes the Oceanarium, a museum, and a snake park. The Bayworld Oceanarium is famed for its performing Bottlenose dolphin shows, enjoyed by thousands every year. Besides the large dolphin pool with its underwater viewing area, the oceanarium also features an aquarium tank where visitors can watch a vast array of marine life through glass portholes as they glide by, including sharks, turtles and rays. The snake park contains an impressive variety of indigenous reptiles in natural-looking enclosures. The PE Museum focuses on cultural and natural history with a wide variety of exhibits, from models of sailing ships and period costumes to giant replicas of dinosaurs that roamed the area in prehistoric times; it is the third-oldest museum in the country. Hours of Operation: Museum, Oceanarium and snake park: daily 9am to 4.30pm (Oceanarium closed between 12.45pm and 1.45pm); dolphin and seal shows are twice daily at 11am and 3pm; reptile presentations at 12pm Monday to Friday Phone:041 584 0650

 

 

2. Market Square

What is it? Port Elizabeth's architectural heritage can be traced by taking a walk around the central city Market Square, which features several historic buildings. The centrepiece of the square is the aesthetically pleasing City Hall, dating from 1858, topped with an attractive clock tower. Also in the square is a replica of the Diaz Cross that commemorates the first European to set foot in Algoa Bay in 1488, when Dutch explorer Bartholomew Diaz stopped over on his way east. Alongside the city hall is the Prester John Memorial, dedicated to the Portuguese explorers who landed in South Africa. On the northwest flank of the square is the city's public library, built in 1835 and originally used as a courthouse. The beautiful building is regarded as an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture and is interesting in that its façade was manufactured in England and shipped to Port Elizabeth to be recreated piece by piece. In front of the library stands a marble statue of Queen Victoria, which was unveiled in 1903. Slightly downhill from the square, at the entrance to the harbour, stands the Campanile, containing the biggest carillon of bells in the country. Visitors can climb 204 steps to enjoy the view from the top of this monument, which commemorates the landing of the 1820 settlers. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

3. Donkin Reserve

What is it? On a hill above the centre of the city stands a stone pyramid monument with an adjacent lighthouse. The open public space was proclaimed in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin, acting British Governor of the Cape, when the 1820 Settlers arrived in Algoa Bay. Donkin named the new settlement after his wife, Elizabeth, who had died in India two years' previously, and erected the pyramid in her memory. The lighthouse was built in 1861, and today houses the city's Tourist Information Centre. Maps are available from the centre describing a three-mile (five km) discovery trail through the hill area and central city, taking in 47 historic sites and architectural delights. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 


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