|The eastern and western shores of the bay are very rocky and even mountainous; in places large cliffs plunge into deep water. The northern shore, however, is defined by a very long, curving, sandy beach. This sandy, northern perimeter of the bay is the start of the area known as the Cape Flats; one can see the large expanses of wind-blown sand in the photograph. The bay is 30 kilometres wide at its widest point.|
Some 20 kilometres across the Cape Flats one can see a smaller, C-shaped bay - Table Bay - with Robben Island guarding its entrance. The central districts of Cape Town lie around Table Bay; one can see the dark, semi-circular amphitheatre created by Devil's Peak, Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill. Suburbs of Greater Cape Town now stretch (inter alia) right across the Cape Flats to the shores of False Bay and down the eastern flank of the Cape Peninsula for many kilometres.