Paternoster is the quintessential example of a West Coast fisherman’s village and although its popularity has grown over the years it has retained that small, far-flung town feel that makes you want to kick off your shoes and stay a while.
Situated only 90 minutes from Cape Town, Paternoster has become a favourite with Capetonians that want to escape the city for a weekend and yet despite this popularity it is still a slow living town without any indication that modern life has indeed seeped in here and there.
The area is known for its traditional fisherman’s architecture, endless sandy white beaches and its abundance of crayfish. Restaurants like the award-winning and world-renowned Wolfgat serve up local ingredients to visitors and residents alike. While whales and dolphins frolic in the ocean ten months of the year and the dunes transform into what can only be described as the West Coast Garden of Eden after the first spring rain when millions of indigenous flowers open and densely carpet the earth in bright bursts of colour.
As one of the last traditional fishing villages, the permanent Paternoster residents have made sure that vein of architecture has been adhered too so expect to see whitewashed cottages with shady stoeps and strings of seashells hanging from the reed dakke. Properties on the water are treated to majestic sea views with sunsets that are pure magic!