The Old Harbour is seen as the main hub of Hermanus, as it clings to the cliffs in front of the town centre. You'll find three museums here: the Old Harbour Museum, Whale House Museum and Photographic Museum. There’s a permanent craft market in the square as well.
The Hermanus cliff path hugs the coastline and offers a 12km path for walkers and hikers alike. Start near the new harbour and enjoy a visual journey along the beautiful rugged coastline to Grotto beach, this path offers many benches to sit and watch the whales or to enjoy ocean views.
Hemel-en-Aarde is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and most beautiful wine areas in South Africa. It is comprised of three "Wine Wards" located behind the historic seaside resort town of Hermanus, surrounded by nature reserves, overlooking Walker Bay.
Hermanus Golf Course
Hermanus Golf Club is perfectly set on the slopes of the Overberg with breathtaking views of Walker Bay. The spectacular 27 hole course is set around a restored wetland, which provides for beautiful fynbos, abundant bird life and an opportunity to spot some springbok along the way.
The New Harbour is a 'small fishing harbour', but during the whale season boat-based whale charter companies run from the quayside, creating a lively atmosphere of people excited about coming face to face with a Southern Right Whale. The New Harbour also offers a restaurant and a bar.
Hermanus Country Market
The Hermanus Country Market is open every Saturday and offers a variety of organic produce, herbs, jams, deli-treats and home-grown goods, as well as several stalls for wines and gifts. This vibrant market is a hub of activity within a relaxed atmosphere, and has become one of the most popular weekly market venues in the country.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18 square kilometres in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842m. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve contains 18% of the plants of the Cape Floral Kingdom. There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity.
The Blue Flag Grotto Beach is well known for its massive stretch of stunning sandy beach and ocean. It is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and boasts a view of the mountainous areas behind whilst still having a seemingly unending view of the beach. This beach is perfect for swimming, suntanning, games and long, leisurely walks.