What to do in Hermanus

Come winter, rain or sunshine, if you’re on holiday in Hermanus, you’ll never be bored. Here’s some of what this magical seaside gem has to offer:

Markets: From craft markets to farm and country markets, Hermanus has it all. Here you’ll find everything and anything that’s home made or crafted by hand: preserves, freshly baked goodies, gourmet cuisine, local delicacies, local fresh produce, arts and crafts, herbs, plants, wines, salad dressings – oh, the list is just never ending!

Eat, Drink and be Merry: The coastline is packed to the brim with fine dining restaurants and is famous for its many many top notch seafood eateries. This magical town is also home to a number of cute seaside cafés and bistros where you can dine in style, with a view of the ocean and the breeze in your hair.

Shop ’till you drop: Aside from the markets, Hermanus has a wide variety of gift and curio shops where you’ll find the cutest souvenirs, as well as material shops, arts and craft stores and quaint little book shops where you can pick up a good holiday read.

Country Living: The region is not all ocean air and sea sand, so be sure to hop around the fringe of Hermanus and pay a visit to the many guest farms, wine estates, nature reserves and country restaurants – you’re bound to stumble upon a few undiscovered gems.

Nature Walks and Trails: Some of Hermanus’ most magnificent sites and sights can’t be reached by vehicle and is just that much more breathtaking when experienced on foot. Along the coast you’ll find many trails that lead up, over and under coves and rock formations and through natural stretches of fynbos and Cape flora.

Whale Watching: Between July and December the whales come to  town! And when the whale crier blows his horn to announce the very first whale sighting, Hermanus becomes infused with excitement and whale watching season begins. With some of the best land-based whale watching hotspots in the country, Hermanus is the place to be.

Horse Riding: Horseback riding along the coast is a popular pastime in this holiday town. The coast is dotted with a number of small holdings and horse ranches that offer horseback tours of the town. This gives you the opportunity to really get off the beaten track and traipse along the many little trails and nature walks.

Wine Tasting: Hermanus is surrounded by a number of small wine estates where you can savour local wine makers’ finest produce. Many of these estates only produce wine for export or on small scale, making every sip that much more exquisite. Who knows, you might just find your new favourite right here in the heart of the Overberg.

Go Golfing: Hermanus boasts one of the country’s top rated golf courses, designed by renowned course architect Peter Matkovich himself. What makes this course even more spectacular is the breathtaking surroundings with panoramic views of both towering mountain and vast blue ocean sea.

Explore because there’s so much more to Hermanus than what’s on this list.