Discover one of Cape Town’s favorite places to cycle, walk and play. The Seapoint Promenade runs the length of Sea Point’s beachfront, from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point where it connects to Green Point Urban Park. This scenic route is completely traffic free and is suitable for kids and riders of every fitness level. With mesmerizing vistas of city, sea and mountains it is the perfect place to watch the sunset or stop off for an ice-cream and watch the people go by.
DISTANCE | up to 7 km
TERRAIN | Traffic-free shared pedestrian + cycle path. Paved + tarmac.
GRADIENT | Flat
ACCESS | MyCiti Bus Stop: Sea Point Pool. Vehicle parking at Queen’s Beach + along Beach Rd.
The route starts at the Up Cycles bicycle rental station, located at the Sea Point Pavilion. Up Cycles is Cape Town’s first drop and go bicycle rental company and have a selection of bikes for adults and kids, as well as child seats for toddlers. From here the route meander along the coast on the paved Sea Point Promenade. In the early mornings and evenings this area is bustling with activity – so it’s best to go slow and absorb the sights and sounds of life on the seaboard.
Cruising along the Sea Point Promenade – photograph ©Nicola Katie
Whether you choose to cycle this route during the day or at sunset there is always something fun to explore – from interesting public art installations to an outdoor gym and miniature golf course. A number of children’s parks run alongside the Promenade where you can stop off for some old-fashioned seaside entertainment and ride a train or get lost in a maze (see the map above).
At Three Anchor Bay the route leaves the paved promenade and follows a tarred pavement to the red and white Green Point Lighthouse. Turn right here and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing into Mouille Point. This area is filled with cafes and restaurants like the bicycle friendly Café Neo, which make for a great pit stop before heading off to explore the fynbos wonderland of Green Point Urban Park.
Enter the Park via the West Entrance on Bay Roads. Green Point Park is filled with beautiful indigenous gardens, water ways and play areas for both children and adults. Entry is free and it is worth spending time exploring some of its features like the Labyrinth and biodiversity garden (download map of Greenpoint Park).
Green Point Urban Park by bike – photograph ©Nicola Katie
For the return journey, you can either cycle back on the 3km Promenade route or continue on the loop – a 4km traffic-free route that exists the Park at the East entrance and follows a paved cycleway past the Green Point Stadium and underneath Green Point Circle, connecting up to the Green Point Cycleway which runs back towards Sea Point.
Once your reach the Sea Point Library turn right and follow the cycleway, down and across Beach Road. Turn left and follow a tarred cycle path/sidewalk that runs parallel to the Promenade and will take you back to Sea Point Pavilion. On hot days finish of your adventure with a dip in the Sea Point Pool or in the evening you can watch the sun slip beneath the ocean.
Up Cycles at the Sea Point Pavilion
- Catch a sunset: If you choose to cycle in the evening, you won’t be disappointed. The promenade has to be one of the most romantic spots to watch the sunset over the Atlantic.
- Go slow: This route can get quite busy on the weekends and in the evenings. When cycling on shared paths and walkways respect other users ( e.g. pedestrians, runner and kids), don’t speed, keep left and give way to others.
- Use your bell to let others know you’re approaching, but don’t assume they can hear or see you. (Find out more Cycle Safety Tips)
- Get your culture fix: The Promenade provides the perfect exhibition space for a public art. Things to look out for are the controversial giant sunglasses which face Robben Island as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and Sea Change – an inspiring series of large format photographs by Craig and Damon Foster that tells the story of the birth of humanity, and our the ancient relationship with the ocean.
- Go Whale Spotting: The Atlantic Ocean is home to a varitey of wildlife from cormorants, to oystercatchers, seagulls, Cape fur seals, dolphins. And if you’re especially lucky, you may catch a glimpse of humpback whales, southern rights, Bryde’s whales and sometimes even orcas.
- Lock and Load: Make a pit stop at one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the Promenade route. Remember to take a lock to secure your bike. You can find bicycle parking outside Cafe Neo in Mouille Point.