The name Paternoster was derived from Latin (Pater Noster) which means ‘Our Father’. Legend has it that the Meermijn, a vessel carrying slaves, came to shore in search of fresh food and water supplies. The Catholic priest on board prayed the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) on the beach to give thanks for the fresh supplies they were able to find.
Today Paternoster, about 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is a popular tourist destination with bed & breakfasts, guest houses and self-catering apartments that suit every taste or pocket. At Paternoster-Accommodation we personally meet you and ensure you are settled into your accommodation and we provide you with helpful hints to ensure that your Paternoster experience will be a memorable one.
Paternoster epitomises an authentic and traditional West Coast lifestyle. Surrounded by fynbos, wheat fields in winter and wild flowers in spring, Paternoster is also a favourite among snorkelers, experienced divers, kite surfers and flyers, hikers, bikers and kayakers.
Virtually all year there are whales and dolphins to watch, and bird enthusiasts will see the endangered Black Oystercatcher and over 250 other species. Talented local artists live and work here too. Their painting, sculpture, pottery and photography can be seen at various galleries and shops in the village.
Foodies are also spoilt for choice with excellent restaurants, some right on the beach. Make a reservation to avoid disappointment! Sunsets over the sea, walks on the 8km long, white, sandy beach of Langstrand, seal and penguin watching, evening fires and seafood braais are just some of Paternoster’s irresistible attractions.