Napier, Cape Overberg: The town, named after the governor of the day, Sir George Napier, was founded 12 April 1838 when the first erven were sold. The town is central to a prosperous wheat and wool producing area in addition to producing large quantities of strawberries in summer.
Napier lies beneath the Soetmuisberg surrounded by bright yellow canola fields, barley and wheat. A typical country town steeped in history with its main road lined the prominent Dutch reformed church, houses and interesting stores selling antiques and various specialities. It's not unusual to find a little shop operating from the front stoep of a home in Napier. Photographers, nurseries, artists, potters and restauranteurs all exist side by side in harmony.
There's a spirit of kinship and understanding in this country town where everyone knows everyone. Breads, croissants, jams and preserves are made locally and you'll find these delicious homemade goodies in many accommodation establishments as the locals support their own.
Restaurants, pubs and farmstalls abound in this village where you can enjoy traditional country fair, French cuisine or a delicious pizza or pasta. The choices are endless. Farmstalls offer anything from olives, olive oil, jams, preserves, farm fresh breads and cakes, fruit and vegetables to West Coast Bokkoms (dried mullet - traditional salted and dried fish).
Napier is ideally centrally situated to explore the Overberg. The towns of:
are all within easy driving distance from Napier.
Napier is proving to be an ideal wine producing area as new vineyards are planted for production. Already there is a wine tasting boutique in Napier where you can sample wines from the area.
The town is a shoppers paradise when it comes to antiques and collectables. Speak with the locals and you'll find what you're looking for.
There's much to do for the outdoor enthusiasts with hiking trails in the various reserves, horse riding, bird watching, flowers in spring and white shark cage diving a drive away in Gansbaai.
In all, Napier offers a tranquil, country environment where you're guaranteed to recharge your batteries before heading back to city life.