Follow the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive along the mountains and discover Noordhoek (North Corner), a true country village that has become the home of many gifted artists and craftsmen. Noordhoek was originally a farming area, but has become a popular residential area with a 7-km-long, sandy beach.
Adventure And Sport
Beach: The 7-km-long, largely deserted beach is lovely and is ideal for a long peaceful ramble or canter on horseback. The north end of the beach is popular with surfers and fishermen.
Art And Crafts
Noordhoek Art Route: The route visits local artists whose work range from bronze sculptures to stained glass and ceramics. Noordhoek Farm Village on Chapman’s Peak Drive has an information kiosk with friendly staff who will provide information on the Noordhoek area and the Art Route.
Village Farm: The farm stall sells organically grown vegetables, and a wide range of unusual gifts and clothing can be found in the quaint shops. “The Enchanting Wood” and “The Stables” restaurant in the village opens its doors at eight in the evening.
Entertainment And Shopping
Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort: The resort in Mountain Road, Chapman’s Peak is set in a milkwood forest and offers comfortable accommodation with spectacular beach views. The restaurant in the resort has a warm and intimate atmosphere.
History And Architecture
Shipwreck: The wreck of a nineteenth-century ship, the Kakapo, lies at the south end of Noordhoek beach.
Chapman’s Peak: The road up the mountain offers one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives, with many picnic spots and viewing sites to choose from. Vertical sandstone cliffs that soar high into the sky, overshadow the 10-km road between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Giant granite boulders seem to hold the road suspended above the shimmering sea below, creating an awe-inspiring experience. Italian prisoners of war built the road half a century ago.