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N is for nice, and Napier

The picturesque town of Napier sits among magnificent rolling green hills of the Overberg, just two hours outside of Cape Town. Take a drive out to this sublime country village at the foot of the Soetmuisberg for good times, good food and good fun.

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Not too long ago, Napier was the ugly duckling of the Overberg, but in recent years the town has blossomed into a trendy escape for city slickers with its restaurants, art galleries and outdoor activities.

Driving down Sarel Cilliers street, one of the first things you’re likely to notice is the stunning Dutch Reformed Church at the centre of town. The landmark was built in the form of a Greek cross, and the interior is decked in teak with the most beautiful solid yellow copper pipe organ.

Visitors to Napier have the church to thank for establishment of this quaint village. In 1838, the town was founded thanks to a dispute between two farmers who couldn’t agree on where the community church should be built.


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