When winter begins knocking, most of us do our best to ignore the lure of outdoor activities and instead hibernate at home with a blanket and a few new series. Fortunately for us, one of the best parts of being South African is that wandering during winter can be a breath-taking experience, especially if you plan on visiting Cape Town.

Last March, the renowned British newspaper, The Telegraph, called South Africa’s legislative capital the third-best city in the world, ranking it above New York, Paris, Rome, London, Los Angeles, Madrid and so many more. When you think about it, it is not hard to see why. The Mother City boasts a phenomenal food culture, sumptuous scenery, wildlife, vineyards, and some of the best hotels South Africa has to offer. When you combine that with less crowding and more accessible pricing, taking a quick trip to Cape Town may be just what you need to help you recharge this winter. If you need more convincing here are more reasons why you need to head down to Cape Town this winter:

The Hotels:

One of the biggest advantages of visiting Cape Town in winter is that you get a break from the hot weather and crowds of sunburnt tourists. Without the throngs of tourists, you pay less for your accommodation and have a better chance of snagging a spot at one of the city’s gorgeous hotels. There will also be great specials. In fact, The Capital is not only extending highly discounted rates during winter they have curated cost-effective itineraries that will have you enjoying your dream vacay at a fraction of the cost. For more details on the discounts please visit: capetownonabudget

For instance, both The Capital 15 on Orange and The Capital Mirage will be running specials that ensure that your trip will be unforgettable without breaking the bank. What’s more, guests will get a taste of what life without load shedding is as both properties are fully kitted out to make sure you never have to check the electricity schedule while you are staying there.

There is something for everyone:

Whether you’re going for a staycation, escaping for a baecation, or celebrating a friend’s birthday with a weekend turn-up, Cape Town has it all. As the headquarters of South Africa’s food culture, The Mother City is ground zero for anyone wanting to slip from restaurant to restaurant on a gastronomic adventure. Una Mas Mezcaleria in Sea Point is rumoured to serve some of the best tuna ceviche and mezcal in the country while Awara is known for being the best place to visit if you want to try modern Indian cuisine.

If you are looking for something a little sultrier, The Grotto Spa Bar, Cape Town’s only underground spa, is a tranquil space where gown-clad guests can indulge in a little hydrotherapy, discover the beauty of a foot ritual, or enjoy a blissful full body deep Earth massage with warm lava stones. Located at the foot of Table Mountain guests at “The Grotto” can indulge in a little rest and relaxation by hopping into one of the venues famous sleep pods or experience a uniquely luxurious spa treatment.

When the streets start to call your name, you can find out what the fuss is about at Saint Champagne Bar and Lounge. Once done, you can keep the party going and take advantage of luxurious hotel rooms and apartments at The Capital Mirage and The Capital 15 on Orange.

Whatever you decide, Cape Town is perfect for winter staycations, romantic getaways, friends-cations and about anything else you can think of. Thanks to the cheap flights and great accommodation deals, it is also the kind of holiday that won’t bust your budget. Getting all that value and visiting the third best city in the world, is why South Africa remains alive with possibility.