Port Elizabeth is also known as “the friendly city” and “the windy city”!
A short stay in Port Elizabeth is the perfect way to unwind following an activity packed holiday to Cape Town and/or the Garden Route. Whilst it doesn’t boast a huge number of attractions, PE (as it is often referred to by South Africans) does boast great beaches, a great climate and a relaxed atmosphere.
The central attraction on the PE beachfront is The Boardwalk, an entertainment complex with a casino, restaurants, cafes and a cinema, along with a recently built hotel. Hobie Beach, one of the most popular beaches, is just a walk across the road from The Boardwalk. It is possible to partake in a number of different watersports in PE.
The main site of historical interest is the Donkin Reserve. Whilst the “central” area of Port Elizabeth is fairly rundown and therefore not a recommended place for tourists to visit, an excellent selection of shops is available at Greenacres shopping centre, a few kilometres drive from the main beachfront.
One place that is well worth a visit, being approximately an hour’s drive from PE, is Addo Elephant Park, which gives you a great opportunity to get up close to elephants roaming in a natural environment.
If you are looking to travel to Port Elizabeth, find out all you need to know about Port Elizabeth accommodation. Flights to Port Elizabeth are available from the other major South African cities.Photo by Portiatn used under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA license.