Places of interest and things to do in Hermanus
Bientang’s Cave Seafood Restaurant & Destination is, as its name suggests, located inside a cave once inhabited by a Koi strandloper of the same name. The restaurant spills out onto the rocks of Walker Bay, where whale watching is the preferred local pastime. 028 312 3454.
2 Wine Estate
Benguela Cove is a 200 hectare farm (70ha under vine) in the cool climate region of Walker Bay, on the Hermanus Wine Route. A modern winery that focuses on producing fine estate-grown wines of finesse, elegance and complexity, Benguela Cove’s vineyards benefit from the unique conditions of the estate’s location at the ocean’s edge and is the largest wine and olive oil producer in Walker Bay. 087 357 0637.
Walker Bay is where the Southern Right Whale can be seen from June to September. It is known as the whale capital of South Africa and ranks as one of the best land-based whale-watching destinations in the world. Misty Waves Boutique Hotel is based just above the cliff path, and its restaurant is housed in one of the town’s oldest fisherman’s cottages. 21 Marine Drive, Hermanus. 028 313 8460.
A blend of visual, intellectual and creative stimulation with a vibrant social buzz, the annual Hermanus Fynarts Festival takes place from June 8 to 17 this year with a programme of events in intimate venues – cosy coffee shops, small art galleries, restaurants, wine cellars and tasting rooms. More than 20 art exhibitions – sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, quilting and glass – will be complemented by music concerts and recitals, workshops and master classes, tutored wine tastings, pairings and plenty of fine dining. 084 600 7058.
The Old Harbour was declared a national monument in 1970 and is now a provincial heritage site. This site was proclaimed a province-aided museum two years later and the board of trustees endeavoured to conserve the area and develop displays in rebuilt old fishing shacks that depict the history of fishing and marine life in Hermanus. 028 313 0418.