Surrounding by the Helderberg Mountains and stunning wine farms, Somerset West is one of the best places to experience all that the Cape has to offer.
Somerset West is a beautiful small town just 50km (a thirty-minute drive) from Cape Town that attracts visitors from around the world. Funnily enough, it is known fondly as ‘little Germany’ because it is so popular with German tourists. Away from the busy Cape Town city centre, yet easily within reach of popular Cape Town attractions, Somerset West enjoys a lovely location at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains, and is surrounded by some of the oldest and best-known wine farms in the Western Cape.
One can say that Somerset West is on the opposite side of False Bay to Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek, and just to the north of Strand and Gordon’s Bay, two areas with stunning beaches.
A stay of a good few days is worthwhile in Somerset West as there are plenty of lovely places to visit and things to do. You will definitely want to try out some of the top-notch restaurants available, many with lovely views of the picturesque surroundings. The town is also well-equipped with interesting shops and the twice a month Country Craft Market has traders selling fashion, African souvenirs, fabrics, ornaments, furniture and garden ware, crafts, books, beadwork and much more. The market is held outdoors in the beautiful Southey’s Vines Park.
If you happen to be visiting Somerset West in December, be sure to participate in the town’s popular Christmas traditions. The Vergelegen Wine Farm hosts the event ‘Candles By Candlelight’ and invites everyone to picnic with family and friends at their gorgeous estate. Somerset West is also well known for their Christmas lights display along Main Road and the Helderberg Lights Festival usually sees the closure of Main Road for an evening filled with floats, parades and stalls.
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Somerset West is an extraordinarily beautiful town nearby the Mother City of Cape Town, a city that has, and continues to, attract millions of people from around the world. Somerset West puts you in the ideal location to explore all the local attractions and to easily venture into Cape Town itself for further entertainment. The natural beauty that surrounds Somerset West is just phenomenal and we know that you will fall in love with its gorgeous wine farms, friendly atmosphere and excellent places of accommodation.