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TThe Cape West Coast is famous as much for its rugged terrain as it is for its rustic seaside villages. Paternoster is a peaceful town lined with fishermen’s cottages, where great seafood and the local lifestyle become all-consuming pastimes. The laidback attitude is complemented by the stark but magical landscape.
As you approach Paternoster on the Cape West Coast, the sight of crashing Atlantic Ocean waves greets you first. Then you meet the informal crayfish sellers—the area is famous for West Coast rock lobsters. Next, you see the whitewashed cottages with blue shutters and thatched roofs, all built or maintained in the tradition of a Western Cape fishing village.
DDon’t let the uniform architecture dissuade you from visiting. Building restrictions were put in place to preserve the community’s way of life, and the minimalism enhances the beauty of this wild, spectacular part of South Africa.
The lack of ostentation is a welcome relief from other tourist spots along this route, which are often overrun by chain stores, mansions and nightclubs. Instead, fish markets and farm stalls serve up treats, and there’s not a shopping centre in sight. Drive slowly along the few streets of Paternoster; once you’re here, you can stroll wherever you want to go.
TThe landscape is harsh but beautiful. Vegetation grows low on the ground, while sand dunes contrast with the occasional green field where sheep and other livestock graze. Close by, you'll find the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and the popular camping spot called “Tietiesbaai”.
Take advantage of the isolation by going for walks along the beach. Keep to yourself in a nook at any of the eateries, or get rowdy at establishments like the Panty Bar at the Paternoster Hotel. Or go for a swim in the Atlantic, if only for the bragging rights—it’s cold but invigorating. You could spend a day, a weekend, a month contemplating the meaning of life, reading a book or even writing one.
Seals, dolphins and whales are regularly spotted here. Bird watchers will love the coastal birds that are found around the area and, around springtime, the West Coast’s famous wildflowers bloom. Without the distractions of urban over-development, Paternoster’s possibilities are as endless as the beach itself.
The delight and complexity of South African architecture
If calamity were to strike humanity, and archaeologists of a distant future were to enquire about how we lived, they would draw upon our architecture to paint a picture of who we were.
Must-visit places in the Cape Winelands
Must-visit places in the Cape Winelands.
The fascination of South African cave adventures
South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.
There’s so much to do in Franschhoek
Let’s be honest, you are probably here to drink wine. Whether you’re at a wedding, on a family outing, a friends’ get together or a romantic weekend away, it’s most likely that you will land up at one of the amazing wine farms in the area.
The Cango caves - this 4500-million-year-old cave of stalactites and stalagmites will astound you
Open throughout the year, take the tour into the cave to view the various formations of dripstones and learn more about the people who lived here over the millennia.
The Western Cape and its 10 most beautiful natural attractions
Ten most beautiful natural attractions that the Western Cape has to offer.
Explore the verdant dappled light of South African forests
Explore verdant dappled light of South African forests.
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With our country's 2500km coastline, in South Africa you are never too far away from the sea. From our tropical East Coast all the way to the sun-scorched West Coast, there's no shortage of beaches, sights and seaside life to craft the stories, that match that sun-kissed tan. Where else in the world will you find beaches littered with legends and caves? And how many other spots on earth have two oceans that embrace - one warm and the other an icy hug? This is how we South Africa. Come journey with us. There's always more to see.
Our culture is the expression of who we are and we are united in striving to express ourselves in a multitude of ways. We make the time to understand more about our country's traditional heritage, we know that the wise old ways of our ancestors will teach us where we have come from, and will guide us on our onward journey. This is how we South Africa! Come Journey with us.
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