October 09, 2009
Hout Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day
Scenic Hout Bay is a vibey coastal town with a lovely swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy the best fish and chips in the world.
The picturesque town lies in a protected bay between Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel. Getting there is a quick and easy drive from the rest of the Peninsula. Apart from its scenic beauty, Hout Bay is well known as a fishing centre and is the epicentre of Cape Town’s crayfish industry.
Jan van Riebeeck, the first Commander of the Dutch settlement at the Cape, gave the bay its name way back in 1652, when he arrived. “Hout Bay” means “Wood Bay” – named after the dense forests in the area at the time.
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Image © Jack aka Lightscape 2009