Gordon's Bay gives real meaning to the term 'picturesque coastal village'. Lying at the sundrenched foot of the Hottentots Holland range, which drops straight into an azure sea, its harbour is a constant buzz of holiday activity.
Home to the South African Naval College, Gordon's Bay is forty-five minutes' drive to Cape Town and 30 minutes to Cape Town International Airport. Retaining a village-like intimacy despite its popularity, it offers an inexpensive, Mediterranean-style alternative to the turbocharged city across the bay.
The Great Outdoors
Bikini is well-sheltered and Main Beach is a popular watersport venue. A footpath and road link the two beaches. It enjoys Blue Flag status, attesting to its water quality, safety and related international criteria.
Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and boats that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality. It is regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known international eco-label and gives local and foreign visitors the knowledge that their beaches are clean, environmentally sound and adhere to international safety and other tourist standards.
Read more about South Africa's Blue Flag beaches.
Enjoy excellent, rewarding fishing from the two harbour walls and along Gordon's Bay's coastline.
+27 21 8561482
Adjacent to Hendon Park Municipal Holiday Resort, the park offers full braai facilities.
+27 21 8561831
Cannon & Wagon-wheel tracks
Historic trail starting opposite the Steenbras Dam entrance on Sir Lowry's Pass. Permit needed. Easy walk for 20 min.
Danie Miller Hiking Trail (No permit)
The trail starts at the top of Aurora Drive and ends just past the Gordon's Bay anchor sign. Seven kilometres to the end and back.
Steenbras River Valley Trail
Five kilometres from Gordon's Bay on the coastal road.
For a permit +27 21 4003269.
Sir Lowry's Pass
The pass over the Hottentots Holland Mountains leading to the Overberg gives superb views from the Cape Flats to Cape Point.
Boat and rock angling, yachting, croquet, squash, tennis, rugby, bowls and jukskei. Steenbras Dam Day permits obtainable from: Helderberg Tourism, +27 21 8514022 and overnight permits from: CMT, +27 21 4872503, Mrs Gangat , 35 Wale Street.