Cape Town is the capital city of the south-west region called Western Cape province. Located on the shore of the Table Mountain, you have a wonderful view over the city once you climb up the mountain. From Lion’s Head, you can watch over Robben island, which was the island where Nelson Mandela has been imprisoned for over nineteen years.
Although tiny in size, St. Helena played an important role in world’s history as a strategic location for ships sailing to Europe from the Far East. The island Saint Helena was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova, on his voyage from India in 1502. In the 19th century the island also played a largely unrecognized role during the abolition of slavery. Thousands of captives were set free and a huge influx of liberated African slaves sought refuge on the island.
About 700 nautical miles from St. Helena, Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova Castella in 1501 and found again in 1503 by Alphonse d’Albuquerque on Ascension Day. The sandy beaches are critical nesting sites for the famous green turtles, which come ashore to lay eggs between January and April. The peak of the hatching season of green turtles will be during your visit to Ascension island, so make yourself ready for a night walk on the beach looking for green turtles.
The nine Portuguese islands, dominated by a volcanic mountain range, offer a rare and unspoiled natural beauty. There are meadows filled with the scent of wild herbs and vivid, colourful flowers line the roads. It is quite the perfect setting to relax watch whales and different species of dolphins. Horta is the capital city of the Island Faial, also called Ilha Azul (blue island). Horta’s renowned marina amongst sailors has become an open-air gallery of colourful painted murals by sailing crew before departing on their next voyage.