With its award-winning beaches and laidback lifestyle, South Africa’s ‘Friendly City’ couldn’t be friendlier. Yet Port Elizabeth – or PE as it’s known to locals – is enjoying a sustained period of urban renewal and several historic areas have become exciting new hubs. Visit the city as part of a multi-centre South Africa trip.
Evening – Make your escape
British Airways’ scheduled flight leaves Johannesburg at 18:00 and arrives in Port Elizabeth at 19:40. Hire a car and you’ll be in the beachfront areas of Humewood and Summerstrand just five minutes after leaving the airport. The Boardwalk Hotel is where you want to check in – it’s centrally located and with a host of restaurants, bars and shops, it’s a destination in its own right. Close by, Radisson Blu is another excellent base – think ocean vistas from every room.
Pollock (or ‘Pipe’ as it’s known) is a surfing hotspot – and it’s where the young and beautiful like to strut their stuff
20:00 – Seafood, sea views
The beachfront’s restaurants and bars buzz at the weekend, so be sure to book ahead to bag a table view. The Blue Waters Café is perennially popular – the menu has fresh linefish – and it can be followed up with a guilty treat (the Lindt phyllo truffles are legendary). The adjoining Barney’s Tavern has a live band on hand and rocks until the early hours. If you’re in the market for a nightcap, don’t make it a late one – there’s a busy weekend in store for you.
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