10 Reasons why to visit Hermanus in Winter

Posted by Charlise on Wed April 29, 2015 in Things to do in Hermanus.

Hermanus is truly a town for all seasons, the crisp champagne air and balmy weather gives one the opportunity to spend days exploring, enjoying and meandering and we have put together a couple of things to wet your appetite.

1. Visit the wine route.

Hermanus has 17 beautiful Wine Farms situated along the R320 in the Hemel en Aarde Valley – The perfect spots to wine away those chilly winters’ days.

2. Whale watching.

The Southern Right Whales grace our shores from June and one can see them from the cliffs in Hermanus, by boat and even by plane… Exciting.

3. FynArts Festival.

The third annual FynArts Festival is just around the corner. The festival kicks off on the 5th of June and ends on the 16th June and promises to be packed with entertainment, art exhibitions, shows and more.

4. Country Markets.

The Hermanus Country Market is a wonderful Saturday morning treat, with live music, divine food stalls, lovely crafts and fresh produce. Hermanuspietersfontein has an evening market on a Wednesday evening as well as a morning market on a Saturday where one can enjoy their fine wines, a bite to eat while enjoying the music and the company of friends. The Wine Village also has a morning market on a Saturday offering freshly made eats, fantastic wines and locally crafted goodies to buy.

5. Time to Dine.

Enjoy the cosy atmosphere at one of the many Restaurants and Eateries in Hermanus. The Restaurants offer something for everyone’s palate be it, Italian, Asian, French or Fusion one is truly spoilt for choice.

6. Amazing works of Art.

Meander through the village and discover the incredible works of art on exhibit in the Galleries in Hermanus – The village art walk ramble features well-known local artists’ finest works.

7. Diving with the Sharks.

Did you know that winter is the best time to do shark cage diving – Gansbaai is only 40 kms from Hermanus and the Shark cage diving operators offer shuttle service to their venues or you can do a self-drive trip. Definitely a “bucket list” experience to do.

8. Spend the day with wild cats.

Panthera recently opened their gates to the public – This incredible wild cat sanctuary is a must visit situated just outside Stanford and promises to leave you feeling both humbled and exhilarated.

9. Explore century old caves.

The Klipgat Caves situated at De Kelders near Gansbaai - These caverns were formed millions of years ago through the erosive action of underwater aquifers. They were then opened up along the coastal cliffs by rising sea levels and pounding waves, forming huge caves that would later become the home of Middle Stone Age people and eventually Late Stone Age people known as the Khoikhoi.

10. Fun times at our Festivals.

Food and Wine Festival which takes place from 07th to 09th August is where one can be treated with a variety of World class Red and White wines which are sourced from Elgin to Elim and Craft beers can be sampled from breweries in the Overberg Region. With loads of good food, live entertainment, a kiddie’s play area, grass slopes and wooden benches to relax on the weekend promises to be an event you will be returning to.

The “Kalfiefees” is a celebration of the birth of the Southern Right Whale Calves in Hermanus and is loads of fun for both young and old, featuring markets, shows, and music. This festival also takes place from the 07th to 09th August.