#CTLucky7: Fairy tale adventures for real life

Go full werewolf and howl at the moon, make like a troll and explore the city by underground tunnels and explore shipwrecks “under da sea” with these seven fairy tale adventures in Cape Town.

1. Explore an underwater wonder-world

Make like the Little Mermaid and dive through an underwater world of shipwrecks. With a whopping 500 plus wrecks off the Cape Peninsula, there’s lots to feel your way through “under da sea”. Read more here

2. Go full werewolf!

Howl at the full moon from a mountaintop as you join our town’s villagers in their monthly pilgrimage up Lion’s Head. Or get off the beaten track and take another of Cape Town’s ethereal moonlit walks. Read more here

3. Listen to ancient tales 

Thousands of years of history live in the veld at !Khwa ttu, where a San guide will share his stories of spirits and adventure and, if you ask nicely, show you how to use a bow and arrow.

4. Do a Cinderella

Travel up Cape Town designer Stefania Morland’s magic staircase to a world of luxurious silks, beaded dresses and gold-stitched gowns. Then transform yourself into a princess for a night, or longer… Read more here

5. Transport yourself to a different realm

Get lost in the rhythms, harmonies and plays of light as electro beats at Cape Town’s top dance clubs transport you into another realm. Read more here

6. Make like a troll

Make like a troll and explore Cape Town’s hidden underground tunnels. This expert guide will take you through dark, cobbled canals that opened to the streets in the early 1700s. Read more here

7. Learn a magical art

Learn the magical art of meditation and create your own paradise of calm, power and beauty at the Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre in Cape Town. Read more here

#CTLucky7: Seven ways to carbo-load for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

With the Cape Town Cycle tour just around the corner, we’ve got the best selection of places to tuck into dishes that will leave you (and your non-racing friends) drooling.

1. Get fresh – go bakery hunting!

From cult-status bacon croissants to breads made with ancient grains, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into at these top bakeries. Read more

2. Explore the noodles of the East

Before you explore the roads of the Cape, why not dig into a carby broth? It’s pork, citrus, soy and beer flavours for the win at what’s been called Africa’s top spot for ramen. Read more

3. Do carbs the Cape Town way – try a Gatsby!

Filled with slap chips, salads and meat, this legendary local dish doesn’t hold back on filling you up. Read more

4. Hit the trail and catch a market

Chow your way through the Tokai forest market on Saturday, after a fun warm-up ride along the nearby pine-covered, dappled paths. Read more

5. Taste Italian tradition.

Chef Giulio Loreggian brings memories of his mama’s kitchen to life in his famous Pollo Pesto Linguine at this fresh, modern spot in Cape Town’s bustling city centre. Read more

6. Taste (and cycle) your way through the Cape Winelands.

Called the gourmet capital of South Africa, Franschhoek holds a heritage of cuisine and some of the best off-road biking trails. Get your carb on at La Motte, one of the top estate restaurants in the valley. Read more

7. Get your coffee fix

Need a caffeine boost while browsing cycling gear or giving your beloved bike some TLC? Try one of these cycling-based coffee spots: &Bikes Cafe and Bicycle Boutique in Loop Street, The Handle Bar on Hans Strijdom Avenue, Breakaway Café on Waterkant Street or Starling and Hero Bicycle Café at The Woodstock Exchange.