Top 5 things to do in Hermanus
From Wine to Whales … they have it all!
I have always wanted to visit Hermanus and although I knew very little about this quaint seaside village – which is a mere hour or so’s drive from the mother city of Cape Town – there is a certain allure to the name, something in the name that beckons me.
Hermanus is well known as the end point for the migration of the Southern Right Whales which occurs every year, as the whales journey from icy Antarctica to finally reach sunny South Africa around June.
The whales aren’t the only attraction with many a celebrity (including members of the British Royal Family) having been spotted in the village as well.
Alas, on our little sojourn, there were no whales for us to see, so we did the next best thing! Having family down in this beautiful part of the country meant a cousin’s wedding, which would allow us to explore this little piece of heaven and drink as much wine as we could with our clan over our short stay!
Our first stop was Spookfontein Farm, which is set in the Upper Hemel and Aarde Valley (literally heaven and earth – how fun!) a few kilometres above the town. They are an organic farm, and handle the entire wine making process themselves on site!
They also have a divine (organic) little restaurant – ELL, which means that while wine tasting one can indulge in treats! I was very easily convinced that the lamb burger simply had to be tried, and it went down surprisingly well with their in-house Rose` (not normally known for pairing brilliantly with lamb)! After our delectable lunch we waddled around inspecting the local art which is on display, and available for purchase, and knowledgeably, if inaccurately, critiqued the pieces on display.
The new month brings excitement in the form of the First Fridays Artwalk’, which is held every first Friday of the month. A plethora of the town’s art and crafts by local artisans are on display, and we have to know… is there a better way to spend a Friday evening than meandering around the twelve art galleries filled with artsy phartsy stuff whilst savoring a glass of locally produced wine? I think not! After an evening of wine testing (we were past tasting by about 7pm), we tucked ourselves into bed with a full day planned for Saturday.
The Hermanus Country Market is on every Saturday morning at the Cricket Club. If you are looking for fresh, wholesome goodies to tempt your pallet then this is the place to go. We are talking homemade bread in all its glorious forms, cheeses and other handmade goodies! They had me hook line and sinker at the cheese! It has a wonderful family vibe and a play area for the kids to romp around or even ride a pony while mom and dad mill about in the market.
Our ultimate Saturday destination was the Mosaic Private Sanctuary in Stanford; for Phil and Marilyn’s long awaited wedding. There are just no words to describe the beauty of Mosaic (which was only surpassed by that of the Bride, naturally). Surrounded by a lagoon and majestic mountains; if you blindfolded me and dropped me here – I would swear I was smack bang in the middle of Scotland, minus the highland cattle, freezing weather and mens dangly bits under open kilts! Every moment we spent here from the ceremony, to the food and the exceptional service was magical, making the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
Last but not least, and this one is certainly a bucket list item for me, The Annual Whale festival; is on from the 30th of September till the 2nd of October 2016; is a popular event for this coastal town and not to be missed.
It was with very sad hearts that we finally returned to Jozi. We will not forget you soon; fair Hermanus, and my heart is already calling for our return.
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