Paternoster, 7381, South Africa
Photo by Juan Carlos Muñoz/age fotostock
PaternosterAbout a two-hour drive north of the city lies the fishing village of Paternoster, well known for its lobster and seafood. The whitewashed fishermen's cottages, many of which have been done up beautifully and are available for short-term rental, have been drawing more and more people from the city for weekends. Besides several good restaurants, including the highly rated though small (it seats 30) Wolfgat, the town has a long beach edged on one side by huge pale boulders. The area is great for scenic drives, especially to the West Coast National Park, which comes alive with color during the wildflower season in September. A great pit stop on the way there is the town of Darling, a kind of gentlemen's farming community, with the requisite galleries and a local microbrewery that has become famous in South Africa.