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If you’ve ever been to Hermanus, you’ll know that this special seaside village has a certain charismatic charm to it that not only entices you at first glance, but keeps you coming back for more.

Whether it is the whales, the beautiful beaches or the quirky markets, art galleries, curio shops or restaurants that draw you in, there is absolutely no denying that Hermanus marches to the beat of its own drum.

There are the obvious allures of Hermanus: the whales, the culinary offerings, the slew of stunning Hermanus hotels, but, for those not so familiar, there are certain hidden gems in and around this seaside oasis that are definitely worth checking out!

So, for those planning weekend getaways to Hermanus, make sure you make a turn at some of our favourite hidden gems in the area!

The Magic of Stanford 

Stanford is a quaint little village about 25 kilometres outside of Hermanus. The village itself is absolutely dripping in natural beauty and exudes a serene, soft and downright magical atmosphere. It’s here where you can enjoy a day simply walking through the village, popping by the various shops and restaurants without a worry in the world.

However, there are a few stand out spots in Stanford that we would most certainly recommend you make a turn at.

Klein River Cheese Farm is a stunning farmstead in the heart of Stanford, making some of the most delicious cheeses the Overberg. Their speciality is picnics, where you can choose from an array of different picnic baskets, and enjoy an afternoon on their beautiful farmstead.

Klein River Cheese

Klein River is ideal for a family day out, or to spend a romantic afternoon with your loved one.

Another fun activity (especially for those who like to savour exceptional craft beer) is a visit to the Birkenhead Brewery. This local brewery offers beer tastings of all of their delicious craft beer and indulge in a proper pub lunch. You’ll learn more about the brewing process and enjoy a pint with a view – it’s a win-win!

Birkenhead Brewery

Hermanus Country Market 

The Hermanus Country Market is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach. Open every Saturday, the market is central on the Hermanus cricket grounds.

Expect farm-fresh, organic produce from the locals in the surrounding areas, wine stalls, gin and other beverage stalls from the wine farms and breweries in the area, stunning flowers and other fynbos plants and a whole bunch of beautiful, hand-made products.

The market is child-friendly and the perfect place to spend a Saturday morning when visiting Hermanus for a weekend getaway.

The Wine Glass 

The Wine Glass is a stunning wine bar in the heart of old town Hermanus. The beautiful restaurant and bar prides themselves on the fact that they have over 100 wines to taste, most of them from the Overberg area.

With the famed Hemel-en-Aarde valley just outside of Hermanus town centre, you can expect a slew of fabulous wines from the valley, including the area’s exceptional Pinot Noir. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley is famed for their cultivation of Pinot Noir.

the wine glass

The Wine Glass

Besides the wine, craft beer and bubbly offering that is, simply put, out of this world, the food at The Wine Glass is just as lovely. Expect fresh dishes and tapas inspired by the local produce.

You can read more about the wine glass on our blog here.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve Hike 

You may have heard of Fernkloof Nature Reserve before, but did you know that the reserve offers a variety of hiking trails for those looking to get out and enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings of the Overberg area.

Stretching over 1800 hectares, there are several routes you can follow, some more challenging than others.

However, whichever route you choose to take, you won’t regret it. Fernkloof is home to more than 1000 different fynbos species and the views from every trail is breathtaking.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

First Fridays Art Walk 

This one if for the art lovers (or really anyone who would like to appreciate the beauty of Hermanus and it’s local artists’ amazing work!).

Every first Friday of the month, the Hermanus First Friday Art Walk takes place. An international initiative, and much like the First Thursdays concept in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the First Fridays Art Walk has seen steady growth since it first started.

Art galleries in Hermanus will stay open later than usual, allowing visitors to casually stroll from one art gallery to the next, taking their time to fully appreciate the amazing art.

hermanus arts culture

Art gallery in Hermanus

Enjoy a glass of wine as you explore the different galleries and who knows, you might pick up a masterpiece or two!

Of course, if you’re looking for accommodation in Hermanus, you need look no further than Harbour House Hotel. Check out some of the amazing specials were running and book your weekend getaway in Hermanus!