Simon’s Town was named after Dutch explorer, Simon van der Stel, and has a fascinating history that remains one of its chief attractions. In fact, even if you do not come to Simon’s Town to enjoy the old-world architecture or the many museums, the historical charm just permeates every part of this naval seaside resort.
Since its discovery in the late 17th century, Simon’s Town has been known for its safe harbour. From that time, it has been visited by notable figures, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Lord Nelson.
It also played a major role in the World Wars. However, it was only in 1957 that the harbour was handed over to South Africa. Today, it is still known as this country’s naval epicentre. Flanked by the blue shimmer of the ocean and the jade-coloured mountains so typical of the Western Cape, Simon’s Town and its harbour truly are magnificent. Continue Reading