Places to visit in Hermanus
The Blue Flag Grotto Beach is well known for its massive stretch of stunning sandy beach and ocean. It is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and boasts a view of the mountainous areas behind whilst still having a seemingly unending view of the beach. This beach is perfect for swimming, suntanning, games and long, leisurely walks and with ample parking it is the ideal holiday point for many.
The beach itself stretches for almost 18 km, making the walk an exercise but an enjoyable one. The beach starts at Grotto's Blue Flag beach and ends at the seaside hamlet of De Kelders.
Hemel & Aarde Valley
On the way towards Hermanus along the R44, a quick left turn onto the R320 at the Wine Village will find you travelling along the stunningly picturesque Hemel en Aarde Valley, which is a beautiful route and is a perfect way to experience a different side of the Overberg.
The Wine Route, along the R320, boasts more than just its vast array of wine farms. It is also famous for its uninterrupted views of the valley from any one of the superb restaurants, deli’s or stalls, all of which give you the choice of world class wines and meals.
The Valley is an escape from the norm of city life and should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The experience will leave you feeling refreshed and content. It was once said that “so high are the hills, which closely embrace the valley all around, that they seem to touch the sky and you cannot see anything but Heaven and Earth”.
Cliff path trail
The Hermanus Cliff Path is one of Hermanus's unique attractions. It is just over 12km long and stretches from the New Harbour in Westcliff all along the coastline to Grotto beach in Voelklip. The Cliff Path is accessible from many points along the route, and benches at strategic points provide a place to sit and watch the whales or enjoy the sea.
The Cliff Path has made Hermanus famous for providing the best land-based whale watching in the world, but is also alive with wondrous floral and marine life.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 1800 ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842 m. In late 1957, the Reserve was proclaimed by the Provincial Council of the Cape. It protectscoastal fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest.
There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. In Fernkloof 1474 species have thus far been collected and identified.
Old Harbour Museum
The Old Harbour Museum began in 1972, with the first official curator, Mr Guy Clark, being appointed in 1973. Once the repairs had been completed, old fishing boats were repainted and placed on display outside whilst the indoor museum was still being planned and built. Finally it was built on the slopes of the Old Harbour, where you would have once found fishing shacks from the earlier days of Hermanus.
The Old Harbour Museum includes an open-air museum, which is open 24 hours a day, that displays boats, the old sea wall, brine tanks and “bokkom” stands as well as the indoor museum.
The cottage also houses a photographic exhibition of Old Hermanus which dates back as far as the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th. These prints were created from glass negatives and were taken by the famous photographer T.D Ravenscroft, whose studio was in the Main Road.
Every now and then you find a cute shop that is just a little different from its competitors; Romantiques Bygones and Collectables is such a store. Located in 14 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, Romantiques Bygones and Collectables is full of surprises like old Africana books and military equipment,uniforms, personal accessories, a big display of Coca Cola memorabilia, fine porcelain, farming equipment, tools, toys, model trains, garden implements and so much more. Owned by a group of friends, each with a different niche in antique collectables, a visit to Romatiques is a delight for the senses.
A treasure trove for bibliophiles was opened at Hemingway’s Bookshop in July 1999. From its humble beginnings in the South African seaside town of Hermanus, this bookshop has grown into a book emporium carrying a wide array of literary genres. Its owners, Noel and Beth Hunt share a passion for fine books.
Beth is the author of HERMANUS, a coffee table book which came onto the shelves in 2008.
Penguins at Stony Point - Betty's Bay
For those who love penguins, the breeding grounds of the African (or Jackass) Penguins at Stony Point is the perfect place to watch these adorable and somewhat comical birds in their natural habitat. The wooden walkway winds its way around the edge of the breeding area, giving visitors a view of the rocky outcrops and swimming penguins on one side and the shrubbery and nests on the other.
The best time to view the penguins is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when they’re returning from their long fishing expeditions.
Harold Porter National Botanical Gardenn - Kleinmond
This lovely garden is situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.
The Garden is open 365 days a year.
Hermanus Country Market
This is a small market with a lot of soul. Where good friends meet, eat, and buy beautiful things...
There is an array of fresh organic produce, home made delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, hand made cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, wheat-free bakes, a whole variety of arts & crafts, as well as live music, plants and all things that are good for your health and happiness!
The market has been going strong since 2006, and is situated at the Hermanus Cricket Club. it is every Saturday between 08:00 and 12:00