Since 2013, the Hermanus FynArts Festival has provided local artists and creators with a platform to showcase their talents. From sculptures on the coastal cliffs to theatre productions and poetry readings, the festival brings a new element to the town that is indelibly linked to the whales that frequent its waters. Perfect for couples and families, the Fynarts Festival provides you with the ideal opportunity to make a weekend of it in picture perfect Hermanus.
Friday 7 June
Experience: Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery
THE BREWERY @ Hemel-en-Aarde offers local and international visitors to Hermanus a brand new brewery, beer garden, taproom & wood fired grill restaurant. Be inspired by the gentle art of brewing beer that is crafted and visit this new taproom brewery and restaurant.
Experience: Hermanus Art Circle
Experience a pop up gallery exhibiting every first Friday of the month at the Whale Museum Old Harbour in Hermanus.
Eat: Biga Artisan Bakery Café
Biga Artisan Bakery Cafe specializes in Wood fired baked Sourdough, Ciabatta & Baguettes. Relax with a cheese board & wine in the garden or a homemade Beef and Guinness pie.
Saturday 8 June
Experience: Hermanus Paragliding
If you would like to try your hand at paragliding but you don’t want to go on your own just yet, then why not try a tandem paragliding flight first? Guided by experienced pilots you will get to see breathtaking views of the Hermanus oceanfront
Experience: Zwelihle Township Tour
Discover local African arts & crafts, craft markets, colourful homes and township photography in this guided township tour of Zwelihle in Hermanus, where you will have a chance to embrace a cultural experience with open arms, eyes and minds.
Eat: Pear Tree Restaurant
Pear Tree, situated on the Piazza of Hermanus offers a modern bistro feel with creative & tasteful dishes offering a scenic view with outside seating.
This intimate bistro offers a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere making you feel at home by using local produce, local beers & local wines.
Sunday 9 June
Experience: Gearing’s Point
Gearing's Point offers one of the best views for whale watching. During peak season, tourists flock to this location to try and catch a glimpse of the stunning creatures, some even braving a soaking by traversing the rocky outcrops into the ocean. It is at Gearing’s Point where you will also see some spectacular exhibitions of statues and sculptures that were part of the Hermanus FynArts Festival from previous years.
Experience: Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Walk, run or cycle on the Yellow route; birdwatch, photograph, picnic, discover fantastic flowers, enjoy great views; stay in the Galpin Mountain Hut; buy local plants; go geocaching; -- or just sit and soak up the beauty!
Eat: Origins Restaurant at The Marine
Enjoy a fun, relaxed dining experience At the vibrant Origins at The Marine restaurant, guests can expect relaxed social dining in the comfortable surrounds of a modern, kitchen-focused restaurant.
Monday 10 June
Experience: Spookfontein Wine Estate Wine-tasting
Take a break from life. Spookfontein provides the perfect backdrop for relaxing with family and friends. Nested between The Kleinriver and Babilonstoring Mountains, the farm offers wine aficionados a beautiful variety of robust wines grown from rocky soil and nurtured by Walker Bay’s timeless cold sea air, blown in by the Cape Doctor on summer evenings.
Eat: Soul Café
Soul food and live entertainment at its best. Experience a laid back music and food venue with great steaks and gourmet burgers
Tuesday 11 June
Experience: Abalone Farm Tour
Experience a tour of a working abalone farm in the heart of the South African abalone industry, in the coastal town of Hermanus. Learn more about abalone, see it, feel it, and even taste it.
Eat: Harbour Rock Seagrill and Sushi
Situated on the top of the cliff overlooking the bustling New Harbour in Hermanus, Harbour Rock restaurant (known simply as The Rock by locals) has the most spectacular view looking back towards the village across Walker Bay. From June to December there are almost daily sightings of whales close up from Harbour Rock.
Wednesday 12 June
Experience: Stanford Hills Estate Wine-tasting
Stanford Hills Winery produces award winning wines. Their current range includes Pinotage, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The charming tasting room serves delicious deli lunches and while also offering wine tastings to visitors
Eat: Picnic at Klein River Cheese
A visit to Klein River Farmstead is a celebration of Cheese, Picnics and Family.
Being proud locals and Stanfordians, you will get to enjoy the freshest ingredients and produce from Klein River Cheeses’ very own Farmstead and the Overberg region for your picnic.
Thursday 13 June
Experience: Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard Tour and Wine-tasting
Old meets new at every turn. Everything happens on site – growing, picking, aging, bottling, labeling and packing – ensuring the same high standards of quality at every level. Also at the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Cellar you will be able to view an exhibition called ‘Harmony’ where artworks are displayed on barrelheads in the unique setting of a working cellar.
Eat: Die Plaaskombuis at Hemel-en-Aarde
Farm to table. Come and enjoy all our Traditional Meals, the way it used to be prepared on the farms. True South African Home style Cooking!
Friday 14 June
Experience: Walker Bay Big 5 Sea Safari
Experience a memorable Marine Big 5 Sea Safari. The goal is to target Walker Bay’s Marine Big 5: Whales, Dolphin, Seals, Sharks and Penguins.
Eat: Great White House Restaurant
The Great White House Restaurant offers diners a mouth-watering selection of wholesome cooking. The resident chef uses only the freshest and finest produce sourced from the surrounding area, which includes the restaurant’s very own vegetable garden and delicately prepared kelp toppings.
Saturday 15 June
Experience: Hermanuspietersfontein Market
This is a relaxing way to spend your Saturday mornings - while the kids try break the Jenga world record building the tallest tower – to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch with free wine tastings and background music thrown it makes for a foot tapping happy, fun, family pastime.
Eat: Heritage Restaurant
This charming fisherman’s cottage, which forms part of Misty Waves Hotel, is one of the earliest built in Hermanus some 150 years ago. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, the understated elegance of the eatery is reflected in the menu which offers no more than half a dozen starters, mains and desserts – all carefully selected to cater for all tastes.
Sunday 16 June
Experience: Hermanus E-bike Tour
Learn about the rich heritage of Hermanus while cycling from Harbour to Harbour. The tour will take you from the historic centre of the Old harbour, along our scenic waterfront to the New Harbour, home of the abalone and whale watching industries in Hermanus. On route, we will see some new and modern landmarks as well as discover some delightful hidden gems.
Eat: Burgundy Restaurant
Delicious food, great wines, never-ending ocean views and fantastic company are all waiting for you at Burgundy Restaurant in Hermanus
Monday 17 June
Experience: Benguela Cove Vineyard Safari and Wine-tasting
Journey through the Benguela Cove vineyard as you set sight on the magnificent 200-hectare wine estate. Learn about the growing cycles, farming techniques and first-hand knowledge of what the estate is about. The estate’s wine ambassador will stop at various cultivars and allow you to taste the wines that have been produced from the vines.
Eat: Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove
The Hermanus restaurant, Moody Lagoon is set in the heart of the Benguela Cove winery complex. You can expect outstanding views, a casual and relaxed daytime eatery in the harmonious Hermanus.
Distances to Hermanus:
From Cape Town via N2 - 1hr 40 min (121 km)
From Swellendam via N2 and R326 - 1h 37 min (142 km)
From Mossel Bay via N2 - 3h 15 min (308 km)
Recommended accommodation in Hermanus:
1 on Main Drive Boutique Hotel
Pat’s Place Guesthouse
Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
78 on 5th Bed & Breakfast
Eastbury Cottage Self-catering and B&B