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Paternoster - West Coast Winter Escape

Paternoster - West Coast Winter Escape


This wind swept fishing village on South Africa’s West Coast is a perfect place to escape from the city and unwind. My recent long week-end visit included wandering amongst whitewashed cottages and experiencing local cuisine. This once remote and tiny hamlet has become a popular destination for weary city dwellers and I can see why.

Sitting on rough wooden benches, we savoured fresh calamari at the quaint Voorstrandt Restaurant, washed down with crisp Sauvignon Blanc. The restaurant is aptly named for its on-the-beach location –once a fisherman’s home, it is built from wood and corrugated iron. Ask about the catch of the day, so fresh you can taste the sea!

Winter is the perfect time to visit, little wind and no crowds. Southern Africa Travel can offer a range of accommodation styles to suit every taste, from value-for-money guest houses to luxury small boutique hotels.

The village offers many activities such as kayaking, walks on the beach and whale & dolphin watching. It is also home to many artists so be sure to see the pottery and art. Pick up some souvenirs from Oep ve Koep – “Die Winkel op Paternoster” (the shop at Paternoster), stockists of jams, preserves and other local treats.

Go now before everyone else does.


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