Paternoster in Pictures.         Cape Town’s West Coast.

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Paternoster. – A couple of weeks ago I joined my friend Liesa Bissett for an overnight in Paternoster just up the Cape West Coast.

An overnight is barely enough time to do this special place justice as it is definitely one of the most beautiful and rather untouched and charming coastal spots to break away to. Among the oldest fishing villages in the country and situated about 15 km north of Vredenburg and just on 150km from Cape Town, I’m told it has a population of under 2000, although in season many holiday makers take up residence.

The origin of the name, which means Our Father in Latin, is said to refer to prayers by the Catholic Portuguese seamen who became shipwrecked here. Others believe it may be from the beads that the Khoi tribe wore, which were called Paternosters. Either works. Today a popular tourist destination best known for it’s white-washed fishermen’s cottages and freshly caught crayfish sold straight off the long white beach.

There are numerous accommodations with Abalone House and Spa trumping the list. For self-catering options do look at AirBnB and Stay in Paternoster for a variety of options to suit any budget. Food matters, and you have a rich choice of offerings with the Voorstrand Restaurant right on the beach, the Noisy Oyster, which you’ll need to book in advance and Reuben’s at Abalone among them.

Some photographs to remind why a visit here is good for you …

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Walking the long empty beach.

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Where photos and moments need to be captured.

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With Eden, my son and travel companion on this trip.

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Fishing boats on the beach, we caught them just coming in with the day’s catch.

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Some amazing shopping in an assortment of shops.

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Wildflower.

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Loved seeing you my friend, thank you for reminding me of the rich offerings of our West Coast and the importance to travel local. And to you Eden for the company. Family matters x.

For more see West Coast Way and follow them on Twitter.

Note: Pics by mostly Liesa and I.

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