Port Elizabeth (more than 1,000,000 inhabitants) is a port city in South Africa situated in the Bay of Alagoa along the Indian Ocean coast in the Eastern Cape province. The area where there is Port Elizabeth was first sighted in 1488 by the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias and later by Vasco da Gama. The first European settlement was founded in 1820 by a group of British settlers.
Port Elizabeth is one of the largest ports in South Africa and an important industrial and cultural center, being the heart of South African motor industry. Another highly developed sector of the city is tourism sector.
Port Elizabeth is located at the end of the Garden Route, a famous and picturesque tourist route that runs along the Cape coast, the city is one of the most important tourist destinations of South Africa. Port Elizabeth is in fact famous for its mild climate throughout the year and for the many beautiful beaches.
Port Elizabeth is known as the water sports capital of South Africa. The Bay of Alagoa is also an ideal destination to watch the dolphins and whales. Whale watching best times are those of the months between June and August.
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