Hermanus is situated between mountain and sea.  The mountain being within the Fernkloof Nature reserve with several routes for hiking as well as a  circular route mountain bike trail which at some places run parallel to the Cliff Path.  The sea front Cliff Path stretches from Grotto Beach to the new Harbour and is 11 kms long.  The Cliff path is laid out and in some places completely weheelchair friendly. From Voëlklip to the Village centre it is a 5km scenic walk on the cliff path with several benches on your way - to view the whales and just take in the scenery. Grotto is a Blue Flag Status beach and is a long sandy beach - popular not only for swimming but the locals like to walk early mornings and late afternoons on the beach.  Voëlklip beach is a smaller beach and is popular for surfing.  Langbaai and Kammabaai is also very popular and all these beaches are within close proximity of each other situated in Voëlklip where there are many holiday homes. It is the perfect beach holiday destination.  Hermanus is world famous as a whale watching destination but it is also very popular for Golf and some of the best wine in South Africa  is from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.  For Great White Shark Excursions visit Gansbaai and if you would like to see Penguins travel in the opposite direction and visit Betty's Bay. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants which cater for all. Shops are open on saturday afternoons as well as sundays.  When there is a big rugby match on television then the town is generally deserted - at the end of the rugby match - the people re-appear.  It is very funny to see this. If you are not a city person then head straight for Hermanus and use it as your base to visit Cape Town and the surrounding areas.  You can also travel to the most southern tip 'LAgulhas. Spend at least 3 days in Hermanus.