Latin Pater Noster
, (Our father) pronounced "PUTT-err-noster") is a small fishing village
on the western coast of the Western Cape Province
of South Africa
sitting alongside Paternoster Bay
. The name comes from a type of fishing tackle, or, according to the home page of a local group, the name of a Dutch merchant vessel that was wrecked in the bay "three centuries ago". The village has an off-the-beaten-track feel to it, with great nature reserves and generally unspoilt marine ecosystems and sea life. Because Paternoster is a small fishing community, fresh fish is always on the menu and it is a must-see place for the day traveller around Cape Town
. The coastline is in part sandy and in part rocky and inland from the village the countryside is quite arid.
There is a relatively large public beach on Paternoster Bay, complete with a unique natural rock jetty. While the water is very cold most of the year, there is plenty of sun and a large expanse of sand where locals and tourists alike can catch some rays. Dolphins and whales can be seen from the beach or the surrounding hills.