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Port Elizabeth is located on Algoa Bay, more precisely, at the mouth of the small Baakens River and forms the eastern end of the Garden Route. It stretches over 16 km along Algoa Bay, offering beautiful and safe beaches, an plenty cheap budget family accommodation over the December holidays.
There are a few historic buildings in the old town centre, but it is immediately apparent that it was built between the hills and the sea at a time when the city was much smaller and the present dimensions were never considered. The buildings from the Victorian period appear almost on the 60-90-meter-high plateau “The Hills” above the city centre, and the modern life undoubtedly has a great arc around this area – still known as “Central”.
Port Elizabeth has, like no other city in South Africa, oriented towards the suburbs. Suburban shopping malls, medium-sized suburban settlements, huge industrial estates in distant fringe communities (such as Uitenhage) or in the midst of the harbour facilities, structures like the 1970s in America also left their mark.
Nelson Mandela Metropole
The most striking “building” is undoubtedly the Settlers Highway approach into PE. Like a giant barrier, it makes you forget that it is a port city in the city center. The harbour is somewhere behind. The “modern” Market Square, the former shopping street Main Road is also nice, and even recently, the city with the new post office at the north end of the city centre has not really set a focal point.
Whilst Port Elizabeth take advantage of the cultural offerings (art gallery, small museums, small theatre), look at the historical buildings above the city center and bathe in the somewhat quieter waters of the Indian Ocean Beaches of Humewood and Summerstrand (south of downtown). Finally, it was also interesting to see that there are many diving schools around PE, as the sea and the lagoons are relatively safe. Unfortunately, the interesting tours are guided by large factories, The VW of Uitenhage, at present.
Beaches in Port Elizabeth
The beach areas begin about 2-3 km south of the city center with the King’s Beach. Then follow Humewood Beach. Both beaches are supervised, have facilities for children (pools etc.), but on summer weekends they are also often full. Quieter are the further south Hobie beach and Summerstrand, both of which are also suitable for a beach walk. Around the small Cape it becomes more rocky, but small beach sections still attract. Sardinia Bay impresses finally with dunes and few people.
Shopping in Port Elizabeth
In Humewood, the shopping center The Boardwalk was opened on Beach Road (at the Casino) with all well-known shops as well as some souvenir and “beach” shops. The Walmer Shopping Center (corner Heugh Rd / 10th Ave.) is relatively new and offers shops of all kinds. But little souvenir items. Further shopping centers are located in the medium-sized suburbs, for example. In Newton Park and Greenacres, with the two huge Malls Greenacres (Cape Rd) and The Bridge (Pickering St.). This is where most of the city centers have moved. The inner city is suitable at the moment. Hardly for a shopping experience.