Paternoster, Heart of the West Coast

Paternoster, Heart of the West Coast

Barely and hour’s drive from Cape Town on the rugged West Coastline, in a tranquil bay embroidered with scattered rocks, is the gorgeous fishing village of Paternoster.

With it can be picturesque white washed homes, inexperienced-gray veld and turquoise water, you would be forgiven for pondering you’ve ended up in a remote hamlet somewhere on the Mediterranean coastline. Then once more, you would not get anything additional authentically South African than the area delicacy of bokkoms (salted, dried fish) – the seafood variation of that other very South African treat, biltong.

Remaining close to Cape Town, this predominantly Afrikaans-talking village is a well known weekend getaway desired destination for affluent Capetonians who prefer the unspoilt West Coastline to the tourist friendlier South Coastline. In summer time the close by camping website at Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine mother nature reserve, is frequented by hardy fisherman and snorkel divers.

While the h2o is typically much too cold for bathing, vibrant boats baking in the sunlight is a typical sight on the town’s unspoilt stretch of beach front. On a great working day up to thirty boats can be found across the bay – nearly all of Paternoster’s humble everlasting inhabitants are even now only at mercy of the sea to offer them with food stuff and a implies of income.

Legend has it that the town’s identify, which is Latin for “Our Father’s prayer”, was presented by Portuguese seafarers who experienced issues in tough seas. Grateful for getting safely and securely achieved shore, they vowed to develop a church and christened the village Paternoster.

A pay a visit to to the Paternoster lodge will give you a little bit of perception into the town’s vibrant society. The hotel’s notorious “panty bar” – with it really is walls and ceiling covered in women’s underwear and soiled jokes – is where you can discover durable fishermen looking at sport on television whilst consuming copious quantities of Brandy and coke. Across the street from the hotel’s terrace, locals sell their catch of the working day – whether Snoek lawfully or Crayfish underhandedly (it is illegal to acquire or offer Crayfish or West Coastline Rock Lobster with a recreational Crayfish permit).

Down the highway is the Paternoster farm stall, where goods involves a delicious assortment of homemade seafood pickles like mussels with coriander and chili or curried calamari. Diagonally opposite is the charming Oep ve Koep (the title specifically interprets from an Afrikaans expression in usual West Coast slang as “open up for buying”) where common kitschy tourist memorabilia sit involving a substantial assortment of antique enamelware, glass containers and classic signage.

At the beach front market place indulge in the freshest fish and chips from the Seemeeu Kiosk or brave the pungent smell and get a bunch of bokkoms – genuinely a delectable substitute for anchovy.

For the excellent ending to a standard West-Coastline pay a visit to, make evening meal reservations at the quaint Die Voorstrandt restaurant. Positioned correct on the seaside in a single of the oldest properties in the village, Die Voorstrandt features a flavor of the freshest community seafood and unsurpassed sights of the most wonderful West Coastline sunset.