Yzerfontein, West Coast © Zaian
Yzerfontein, just a 70-minute drive from Cape Town on the R27, is a gloriously tranquil seaside village, and the perfect place to go for those looking for a beach holiday in South Africa filled with nothing but calmness and serenity. Boasting a population of just 1,200 permanent residents, it is fair to say that Yzerfontein probably won't appeal to travellers who like their beachfronts bedecked in neon lights and lined with bars and nightclubs; however, for those looking to spend some time in pristine natural surroundings, taking long walks on the beach and short excursions into neighbouring national parks, Yzerfontein will hit the spot just perfectly. Famed for its sunshine and mild winters, Yzerfontein's greatest natural feature is Sixteen Mile Beach. The longest uninterrupted stretch of sand in South Africa, Sixteen Mile Beach connects Yzerfontein to the Postberg conservancy area in the West Coast National Park, where - in August and September - the world-famous Namaqualand Daisies can be seen. Other activities in Yzerfontein include mountain biking, line fishing and crayfishing, skiing, hiking and dolphin and whale watching - a perfect mix for tourists looking to take it easy on one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. Visitors should note that the sea is very cold so only the brave enjoy swimming.