Hermanus is a small village 90 minutes drive from the city of Cape Town. It was founded by a teacher, Hermanus Pieters, in 1815. It was originally a place where farmers used to graze their cattle in summer as well as a fishing spot.
Doctors from Harley Street in London recommended Hermanus for its ‘champagne air’ and this led to people visiting for holidays and to recuperation from illness.
Some of the old fishermen’s cottages have been preserved.
This old cottage now houses an Art Gallery.
Visitors can wander around the local shops and markets.
There are plenty of shops and art galleries to explore.
The shop is a bookworm’s dream.
Books that are out of print can be found here.
The main street takes you back to the beach and cliffs.
Whale watching is a popular pastime from June to December. Whales come to calve in this sheltered bay.
Marine Drive has lots of restaurants where one can stop for a meal while enjoying the magnificent views of the sea and mountains.
On the day we visited there was mist hanging over the mountains behind Hermanus.
The beaches are sheltered.
The famous Grotto Beach.
We reluctantly left Hermanus and travelled back to Cape Town.
The road to Cape Town goes past olive groves and vineyards and winds along mountain passes.
After 90 minutes we saw Devil’s Peak which was covered in cloud. We were back in the Mother City.