Sitting in the shadow of spectacular Table Mountain, Cape Town looks much more like a European city than an African one. It was founded by the Dutch in 1652, and for a very long period of time was a British colony. Cape Town is on the edge of wine country, and has excellent beaches. Guests of hotels in Cape Town can stroll down wide, shady streets such as Long Street, and enjoy a Mediterranean type climate. Whether you are here for a vacation or a weekend, Cape Town has much to offer. You can go whale watching, or take the Cableway up Table Mountain. The Two Oceans Aquarium has 3,000 fish of over 300 species. Among the many museums are the Gold of Africa Museum and the Irma Stern Art Museum. The Slave Lodge and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are two more of the many sites awaiting visitors in Cape Town.