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Gordons Bay - Nautical Charm

Gordons Bay - Nautical Charm

By: Stefnie Meyer

17 January 2017

Traveling from the Overberg to Gordons Bay the R44 clings to the cliff,  twists & turns, reminding me a little of the Mediterranean road on the Amalfi Coast and Harbor area around Naples, minus the ancient buildings & forts.

Gordon’s Bay is tucked up against the North-Eastern corner of False Bay and part of the Helderberg Basin that includes Strand, Somerset-West, Sir Lowry’s Pass & Macassar.  Gordons Bay has the atmosphere of a Small Harbor Village against the lower slopes of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, keeping a watchful eye over False Bay & “Mother Resting” (The back side of Table Mountain looks like a lady(CT being the Mother City) lying on her back. (feet towards the left, hands on her stomach, resting with her hair flowing towards the right).

The Old Harbour, SA Naval College, Yacht Marina & ever popular Bikini Beach (Blue Flag status) creates this ambience of old world charm that welcomes you as you leave the cliff road behind, enforcing the feeling that you are on the Mediterranean Coast.

The low-lying suburbs close to the main beach, makes up the more recent expansion of the town. Even with modern Holiday Accommodation & Apartments, other commercial space on ground level & the beach front retain that small town atmosphere that gives the impression that shop owners know their customers by name.

Gordons Bay might not have centuries of rich history as European Coastal Villages but it is colorful enough with its name sake’s dedication to the “Cape Colony”.   Not only was Maj. General Robert Jacob Gordon (1572–1782) responsible for naming the Orange River, logging maps, fauna & flora, he also introduced Merino sheep to the colony and spoke the Hottentot & Xhosa languages in addition to Dutch, English & French, making him an accomplished linguist.

With Gordons Bay so conveniently situated, one can choose to be enveloped in city life or opt for tranquility. Play tourist for a day, explore the environment further afield & savour the beauty of our country.  The world is your oyster & options are endless, making it easy to miss out on something delicious & worth exploring.  It is up to YOU the community members to add to this website your “best-kept-secret-places” and people that we all should know about.  Please share.

Neighbouring Towns:  Somerset-West; Strand; Grabouw; Rooi Els; Pringle Bay;