Saturday, 14 April 2012

Beach day rides from Cape Town - Paternoster

Google map location: Paternoster beach on the map
How to get there: Route to the beach from central Cape Town 
Type of beach: Long stretches of sand with rocky outcrops separating them into bays
Natural or commercial: Natural with some light local commercial fishing
Access by car: There is a beach car park and then you are on the beach, but you can access the beach from many places in the village.
Free or paid: Free.
Access: Easy access to walk onto the sand.
Surroundings: A few restaurants spread out in the village that walk out on the beach. Other than that just white fisherman's homes and holiday accommodation. Many colourful small fishing boats scattered along the beach.

Paternoster is South Africa's nearest answer to a Greek island look and feel. This beautiful beach is exactly 150km due north from Cape Town central and will take you around two hours or so to get there. Once there, you can appreciate the architecture of the little village, where all houses are to be painted white, with the exception of the red restaurant! You will appreciate the beauty and views, the sun and sea.

Make sure you time your visit over lunch-time and get there early to reserve a place, because there are quite a few great seafood restaurants to choose from, some right on the beach others set back on the high street. There are also some other types of restaurants. It should be mentioned that the whole place is a fishing village so you get only the freshest and best seafood at really reasonable prices.

This is a blog from A short series on great beach destinations in South Africa based upon motorcycle rides to get there. Some are short day rides from Cape Town, others are much longer rides but if in Southern Africa and you are somewhere on the coast then are really good beaches to visit if you can find the time and are in the general area.

Bike parked up overlooking the beach
View as you ride into town
Bek bay beach on the left in Paternoster
Lovely clean sandy beach
White houses in the background show the typical architecture
Good for nice long walks
Waves spewing spray in the wind
Some of the typical little fishing boats
Colourful and add atmosphere to the beach
Waves, a few people and fishing boats
On of the restaurants on the beach
Always popular for its excellent seafood
View from the restaurant over the beach
View from inside the restaurant
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