Top Attractions
  • Cape Columbine Nature
    Reserve & Lighthouse
    tel 022 752 2718

  • Dolphin and Whale Watching
    tel 022 752 2323

  • Flowers in Season (Aug-Sept)
    tel 022 752 2323


An historic fishing village with old world charm

The oldest fishing village on the West Coast, past and present meet in Paternoster. Life here is closely connected to the sea, with fishermen heading out in colourful traditional wooden boats (bakkies) to catch snoek in winter and crayfish in summer. Visitors can buy their fish fresh off the boats as they come in to shore.

Meaning ‘our father’ in Latin, Paternoster is watched over by the stoic Cape Columbine lighthouse. It stands tall and white in the nature reserve with the same name, and which extends all the way along the rocky coastline to include quirkily named Tietiesbaai. The reserve is a favourite camping ground for summer holiday makers who want to be close to nature and the water’s edge.

About 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, Paternoster epitomizes an authentic and traditional West Coast lifestyle, and local people are well loved for their humour, generosity and hospitality. Surrounded by fynbos, wheat fields in winter, and wild flowers in spring, Paternoster is also a favourite amongst snorkelers, experienced divers, kite surfers and flyers, hikers, bikers and kayakers. Virtually all year there are whales and dolphins to watch, and birding is excellent for endangered black oystercatchers and over 200 other species.

Talented local artists live and work here too, their painting, sculpture, pottery and photography on exhibition at various galleries and shops in the village. Foodies will also be spoilt for choice with renowned chefs presiding over excellent restaurants, some right on the beach.

Sunsets over the sea, long walks on the 8km long, white, sandy beach of Langstrand, seal and penguin watching, evening fires and seafood braais are just a few of Paternoster’s enticing attractions. Or climb the lighthouse for a panoramic view over the village and beyond.

Accommodation in Paternoster is plentiful and of high standard, then so is the cuisine, natural beauty and hospitality.



Paternoster Information Centre

Telephone: 27 (0)22 752 2323
Paternoster Village Tourism, PO Box 444 Situated at the Fish Market on main beach of Paternoster, 7381
Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Weekends & Public Holidays 09:00-14:00


Gourmet Delight
The West Coast is renowned for its \"open air seafood restaurants\". Eat all the way from mussels to crayfish over 3-4 hours, to the accompaniment of live traditional guitar music. Imagine the blue skies above, sand at your feet and magnificent views of the ocean.




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