World Cup city profile: Durban

The third-largest city in South Africa, Durban will host seven World Cup matches, including one semifinal and a first-round game between Portugal and Brazil on June 25.

The third-largest city in South Africa, Durban is situated on the country's east coast near the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills.

Durban is also the country's busiest port and a major centre of tourism, due to the city's warm subtropical climate and gorgeous beaches.

Population: 3 million

Altitude: Sea level

Sightseeing: Durban's "golden mile" is a four-kilometre stretch of beaches, restaurants and promenades. Shaka Marine World offers a variety of things, including dolphin shows, water rides and an aquarium built into a sunken ship. Amanzimtoti is a popular seaside destination for the family.

Here's an interesting fact: Durban is famous for its Zulu Rickshaws, which pull tourists through the city's bus streets.

Local soccer clubs: Amazulu, Golden Arrows, Thanda Royal Zulu (Premier League); Nathi Lions (First Division).

World Cup climate: temperatures averaging 25 C during the day and 16 C at night.

World Cup stadium: The newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium is a multi-use site that seats just over 70,000 fans. It features a cable car that goes up an arch, providing a stunning view from 106 metres above the field. The stadium is named affter Moses Mabhida, a former general secretary of the South African Communist Party.

2010 World Cup matches: Germany vs. Australia on June 13; Spain vs. Switzerland on June 16; Netherlands vs. Japan on June 19; Nigeria vs. South Korea on June 22; Portugal vs. Brazil on June 25; one second-round match; and one semifinal match.