Somerset West Travel Guide

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Somerset West Overview

A town encircled by exquisite mountains and hills covered in vineyards, with views of the nearby ocean, sandy beaches, this is Somerset West. It is a veritable paradise for all who appreciate scenic beauty, wine and fruit, decadent cuisine, hospitality, good taste and sense of history.

Somerset West was named after the British Governor, Lord Charles Somerset, in 1819. In 1817, four farmers who owned different parts of Vergelegen (meaning roughly “remote”) in Somerset West, asked the governor’s permission to build a church around which a village would be established. Permission was granted and the Somerset village was born. It later became Somerset West (1850), to prevent confusion with another town South African town Somerset East.

Winter can be unpredictable since its rainy periods are often interjected with many sunny days. Somerset West summers are dry and hot tempered by soothing sea breezes. Spring and Autumn are idyllic, with mild days and warm evenings.

Somerset West has expanded greatly over the past decade, yet its splendour remains intact. The town is more industrious than ever and has become the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin.

Quaint buildings in side streets are delightful features of our historic town filled with delightful boutiques offering wine, flowers, chocolates, books, fabrics, jewellery, antiques - anything you find essential and everything you require for afternoon’s diversion. There are historic buildings and monuments (the first church built is still in use and so does its now “pastorie” or parsonage, now Die Ou Pastorie guest house).

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