ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE ON THE COAST
Discover Hermanus’ rich cultural offering
The Marine has been a part of Hermanus’ history almost from the very beginning. The hotel was first built in 1902, with a modest 21 rooms. In its fledgling years, Hermanus was a fishing village – a heritage that is still very much in evidence today. Spend a day uncovering the history of this beautiful coastal town – museums are all within easy walking distance of The Marine, so you can explore the town on foot at the same time.
Hermanus also has a wealth of contemporary art galleries – must-visits include Abalone Art Gallery, Walker Bay Art Gallery, Rossouw Modern, Old Harbour Gallery and Lembu Studio and Gallery.
Traveller’s tip: To see unique pieces by acclaimed African ceramists Ardmore, guests and locals alike can visit The Marine’s boutique to view selected artworks.
There are many events and festivals throughout the year. Highlights include the Hermanus Fynarts Festival, the Fernkloof Wildflower & Eco Fair and the famous Hermanus Whale Festival, which is held in celebration of our annual marine visitors, the southern right whales.
Traveller’s tip: For an interactive experience, visitors should try Dave de Beer’s Whale Walk Tours, which encompass beautiful vantage points for whale watching, as well as insights about these marine creatures.