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Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Long Street, Heart of Cape Town Museum, Noon Gun, Lions Head, District Six Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Holocaust Centre, Two Oceans Aquarium, Koopmans-de Wet House, Rhodes Memorial, Newlands Brewery, Groot Constantia, Langa Township, Two Oceans Marathon, South African Museum and Planetarium, Greenmarket Square, The Company's Garden, South African National Gallery , Orange Kloof, Signal Hill, Blue Train, Newlands Stadium, St George's Cathedral, Whisky Live Festival
Recently revamped, the Long Street Baths in Cape Town city has attracted swimmers and lovers of a steam treatment for over a century. Inside the 1908 facility is a popular 25m heated pool overlooked by bright murals depicting old time street scenes that have been beautifully restored, and a 12m kiddie’s pool. The adjoining Turkish steam baths has a sauna, steam rooms, a hot room and showers and although the services of a masseuse is no longer, they are still as popular as when the steam baths were first introduced in 1929. Before 2007, visitors were given a full authentic hammam experience that included a soaking by a masseur using traditional black soap. The steam baths are open to women for half of the week and men for the remaining half, ask your hosts for details. Those wanting to make use of the steam baths are provided with a towel, soap and assigned a day bed for a snooze.
Visitors from all walks of life visit the Long Street Baths, some to bring their children, some to keep fit and others just to relax. Lifeguards are always present and being indoors, the pools are visited all year round. The place is also centrally located at the top of Long Street and the start of the Gardens suburb. The pool area is open between 7h00 and 19h00 every day and, but for a few hours on a Tuesday when only women are allowed (10h00 to 14h00), everyone is welcome.
The Long Street Baths is another of the interesting landmarks on a bustling street where the action never stops, and when things get too frenetic, enjoying an invigorating swim or chilled sauna in the middle of the city is a welcome respite.