Port Elizabeth Tourist Information and Tourism

(Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa)

Panoramic photoServing northern South Africa as a very prominent transport hub, Port Elizabeth is close to Jeffrey's Bay and is part of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. Central Port Elizabeth enjoys a relatively elevated setting upon a series of steep hills, meaning that the views of Algoa Bay are excellent.

A number of popular sandy beaches are close to central Port Elizabeth, together with a selection of pleasant parks and tourist attractions. Whilst the city does contain some notable historical architecture, there are also many more modern 20th century buildings. Of note, the tourist information offices referred to as 'Tourism Port Elizabeth' are to be found within the popular Donkin Reserve.

Picture of the Donkin Lighthouse

Port Elizabeth Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Port Elizabeth goes by a number of different names, being affectionately known by some as the 'Friendly City', the 'Windy City', or simply as 'PE'. When it comes to tourist attractions, the beaches will generally feature at the top of most itineraries - particularly Humewood Beach. However, the Bayworld complex is especially popular and features its very own Oceanarium, while others may prefer a trip to the Seaview Game and Lion Park, the Port Elizabeth Opera House or the Donkin Lighthouse. More information about Port Elizabeth Tourist Attractions.

Photograph of coastal hotelsThe landmarks of Port Elizabeth add much character to the cityscape, with its Campanile bell tower being much visited and boasting exceptional city views. Other prominent sights around the city include Fort Frederick, the Horse Memorial, the Prester John Memorial and the Port Elizabeth City Hall, where the local government resides. The Main Public Library is also of note and this historical building stands next to the Market Square, where it dates from 1902 and contrasts greatly with the adjacent modern, much less ornate buildings. More information about Port Elizabeth Landmarks and Monuments.

Picture of Shark Rock BeachCulture vultures in Port Elizabeth will find that there is a somewhat diverse selection of museums worthy of exploration, such as the No. 7 Castle Hill Museum, the St. Croix Motor Museum and also the Port Elizabeth Air Force Museum. For a taster of South African art, be sure to check out the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, the Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts (EPSAC Community Arts Centre) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. More information about Port Elizabeth Museums and Port Elizabeth Art Galleries.

Further image of Shark Rock BeachAround Port Elizabeth are many surrounding townships, with its sister city of Uitenhage being extremely close. The innumerable beaches around Port Elizabeth lend themselves to popular day trips, with surfers favouring the coastline of Jeffrey's Bay. Cape Recife offers a rather picturesque beach, while the seaside town of Port Alfred is famed for its marina and sailing possibilities, being located part-way between Port Elizabeth and East London. For history buffs, a trip to the past garrison town of Grahamstown is a must. More information about Port Elizabeth Attractions Nearby.

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