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Donkin Lighthouse for city views

There are awesome views of the city from the top of Donkin lighthouse, which now serves as a tourist office. Built in 1861, it’s over a 150 years old. Visit between 8am and 4:30pm weekdays and Saturdays 9:30am to 3:30pm. Belmont Terrace, Donkin Street. Call 041 582 2575.

Hobie Beach

Blue flag status belongs to the Kings and Humewood beaches, however Hobie Beach is a great spot to launch a boat, play an invigorating game of volleyball, wind surf, swim or bask in some sun. The small rock pools are also interesting to explore especially for kids. Hobie Beach, Marine Drive.

Hip Stanley Street

The undisputed king of street cool, Stanley Street is Port Elizabeth’s answer to Jozi’s Maboneng, Durban’s Rivertown Precinct and Cape Town’s Bree Street. Choose from over 15 excellent restaurants. Set in Richmond, one of Port Elizabeth’s oldest suburbs, there is a friendly atmosphere with restaurant tables spilling out on to the sidewalk and fairylights in the trees.\

Free tour of the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion

Car lovers will be in heaven on a pre-booked tour at the Volkswagen Factory in Uitenhage. You’ll encounter the oldest kombi in South Africa, meet Herbie and see a car sliced in half by a laser.

Take a Horse Ride in the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve

Kick up some of P.E.’s golden sand and surf and go for a saunter along the beach. Heavenly Stables offers a one hour free horse ride through the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve with your NMB pass. Bookings essential at least two days prior. The rides are weather dependent. Open 7 days a week, from 09:00 – 17:00. Plot 431, Sardinia bay Road, Lovemore Park, Port Elizabeth. 081 890 7080.

Visit the original Vovo Telo

South Africans all over the country have fallen in love with the fresh bread and pastries at Vovo Telo. It all started in Raleigh Street, Richmond Hill with wafts of freshly baked artisan bread drawing hungry customers. Inspired by an experience in Vovo Telo, a village in Madagascar, this bakery has become a series of popular slow-food restaurants. Choose from fresh ciabatta, sour dough, coconut loaf, brioche, rustic and rye to take away or eat breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner sitting down. The coffee comes highly recommended. 16 Raleigh Street, central Port Elizabeth. Call 041 585 5606.

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