Just getting to Noordhoek makes the trip worthwhile. When leaving Hout Bay, take the nine-kilometer Chapman's Peak Drive for views of the ocean and Chapman's Peak, stopping along the way to take photos. Approaching from the other side of the peninsula? The drive through Silvermine Nature Reserve is every bit as beautiful.
Noordhoek itself is a pretty village that’s found favor with Cape Town’s artistic community. Farm animals roam the streets, which are home to independent cafes and working studios, but look back and you’ll see the same mountain and sea views that are typical of the Atlantic seaboard. Stop at Noordhoek Farm Village for tasty locally sourced food and a spot of craft shopping or go inland to Cape Point Vineyards for award-winning wines and the sea-view restaurant.
However, the biggest draw is the rugged six-kilometer white-sand beach stretching south to Kommetjie. Walkers and joggers love it here; as do horse-riders, owing to the many opportunities to gallop across the sands. Thanks to the surrounding wetlands, Noordhoek is also a birdwatching haven – perfect for the twitchers!