Towns of the Cape West Coast Peninsula


Hopefield
Surrounded by delicate fynbos and waving green wheat in winter, Hopefield is an historic town on the West Coast. Just 120km from Cape Town and inland from Saldanha, it lies at the heart of the arid Sandveld, with the Zoute River running through it.
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Jacobsbaai
A rugged, rocky coastline with small, sandy bays tucked in between make the landscape of Jacobsbaai both picturesque and unique. This hamlet is just 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town up the R27 and hugs the coast between Saldanha and Paternoster.
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Langebaan
Almost year round sunshine, safe waters and reliable winds make Langebaan paradise for watersports lovers – particularly kite surfers, wind surfers, kayakers, yachtsmen, water skiers and fishermen. The world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers also occurs in the area.
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Paternoster
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.
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Saldanha
Set on the north side of a massive bay, the town of Saldanha is a holiday hotspot for watersport lovers to sail and waterski all summer. The big bay is a favoured venue for regattas and sailors to test their skills, and provides a scenic backdrop to the town.
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St Helena Bay
With its 18 bays and amazing sea views, St Helena Bay is renowned as a jewel on the West Coast. When Vasco da Gama discovered the bay in 1497, he claimed it to be one of the calmest bays on earth – and then named it after St Helena, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
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Vredenburg
Vredenburg was established around a spring of fresh drinking water. It was named Twisfontein (‘Quarrel Spring’) and later Prosesfontein (‘Lawsuit Spring’) because the rights to it caused so many disputes between two neighbouring farmers. Water is a scarce commodity on the West Coast, so water rights were highly coveted.
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Outdoor Active
Activities and sports in and around the West Coast are plentiful. The Lagoon has so many possibilities to offer, wind driven, motor- and man-powered alike. The crystal clear water and the sandy beaches are truly inviting, so spend your recreational time right here.
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Mykonos Festival 2015
Competisions, events and entertainment for all ages. 18 December 2015 Nic Stevens, Andries Vermeulen, Black Byrd, Snotknop, Emo Adams and Band 19 December 2015 Francios van Coke, Ray Dylan, Cheree Strydom, Kurt Darren and Karen Zoid Tickets available at www.webtickets.co.za, Club Mykonos Reception or festival gate.

 

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