6 Romantic Small Towns in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is full of charming small towns that are perfect for romance, where you can embrace a slower pace of life, enjoy beautiful backdrops, quaint local stores and, architectural gems.

Walk hand-in-hand with your significant other and spend your days exploring secluded beaches, wineries, picnic-friendly spots, and take pleasure to the quiet ambiance away from the kids.

Read on to discover some of the 6 most romantic small towns to visit in the Western Cape.

1. Paternoster

One of the oldest fishing towns in the Western Cape, Paternoster is a little slice of paradise packed with surprises.

From whitewashed cottages, exquisite shorelines for picnics of the beach, charming restaurants to dine at and, a place to simply unwind, this entire village brings a romantic air of nostalgia. 

2. Nuy Valley

Nuy Valley is a small village between Worcester and Robertson and, it’s an ideal place to kick off your shoes, talk in a whisper and gaze at your surroundings of mountains and vineyards.

Situated in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Cape Winelands on the popular Route 62, there are a handful of romantic getaways; overlooking the majestic Langeberg Mountains, right in the heart of a farming community. 

3. Prince Albert

Having been to Prince Albert twice now, it’s a great town for a romantic getaway.

You’ll find plenty of spots for solitude and seclusion, plenty of quaint coffee shops, beautiful arid landscapes while watching the sunset above the horizon. Rent bicycles or browse its antique shops, then hike the Koppie before resting your head in one of the beautiful B&B’s that dot the area.

4. McGregor

Considered a sacred site where many artists, healers and, vibrant residents reside, the town of McGregor is a hotspot for couples and honeymooners alike.

It’s a great place for a romantic getaway, where they managed to retain the quaintness of a 19th-century with its whitewashed cottages and its old stone irrigation channels.

Relax with a glass of wine at the many wineries, dine at the few restaurants and, enjoy the apparent low key atmosphere.

5. Swellendam

A perfect escape from the big city, Swellendam boasts a romantic charm that you won’t find in nearby towns. 

Sitting along the N2, it’s rugged landscapes and charming ambiance lure in couples that are looking for a quiet outdoorsy atmosphere. Enjoy the Bontebok Nature Reserve, take long walks in the main road, and sit at the many coffee shops and restaurants Swellendam has to offer.

6. Jacobs Baai

A small seaside town located between Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay, Jacobs Baai is a great place to get away from it all. 

Well-known for its abundance of seafood and the magnificent display of wildflowers, it’s rather popular for its serene atmosphere, the slow pace of life and, its azure blue sea views.

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Until the next town.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog