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5 ‘small town’ holiday treasures you can visit in Western Cape

The Western Cape offers a lot more than beaches; there’s rugged mountains, hills and valleys, and so much more.

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By Bernelee Vollmer | December 31, 2021 | Travel Leisure

And the holiday season is the perfect time to explore small towns that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

Below are five hidden gems worth visiting:


McGregor is a small village with lots of history and character.

This 19th-century town is ideal to escape the frantic pace of city life.

When you drive into this town, you will marvel at the traditional, whitewashed, thatched cottages. The streets are quiet.

And it is surrounded by wine estates, wildlife and mountains.

Riebeek Kasteel

If you’re looking for a place that’s authentic with beautiful vineyards, then this is the place for you. This small town offers a unique historical charm that’s big on views.

This quaint destination offers scenic vistas, including that of Kasteelberg Mountain, vineyards and captivating olive groves, making it the best location to grab a glass of wine of your choice with a few olives and see your troubles melt away.

Rooi Els

Rooi Els is a beautiful seaside sanctuary and it’s not too far to travel to.

You will be able to spot it on your way out of Gordon’s Bay.

The seaside town is not big at all, the roads are narrow, not tarred and there are no street lights. It’s the perfect spot to truly enjoy the night sky.

Nature’s Valley

Natures Valley is a gem on the Garden Route Road that many people rave about. It’s surrounded by sparkly forests, majestic mountains and sandy beaches for you to sink your toes into.

It is the perfect getaway to enjoy natural beauty and tranquillity.


Stanford is a magical, tiny location and will sweep you off your feet. It’s a quick 30-minute drive from Hermanus and offers a peaceful experience with lagoons and colourful market scenery.

If you’re a fan of the outdoors, then you’ll love it here as there are options like kayaking, canoeing, and bird-watching.

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