The beautiful city of George is nestled in the heart of the Garden Route.
George is the sixth oldest city in South Africa and has a growing population of approximately 190 000. Centrally situated, this one-of-a-kind city lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is a mere stone’s throw away from endless stretches of beautiful and pristine beaches.
Known for its breathtaking scenery – from the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the indigenous Fynbos forests and sweeping coastline of the Indian Ocean – George is often referred to as one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. As a preferred holiday destination all year round, George offers a tantalising blend of old world charm, natural beauty and local treasures.
It is believed that this beautiful part of the world was first explored in 1688 in the hope of finding fresh water and food. The city was eventually named after King George III, England’s reigning monarch at the time, and was declared a drostdy by the Earl of Caledon in 1811. Huge preparations are currently underway for a festive celebration of the city’s 200th birthday in 2011.
George has something for everybody and visitors are always welcomed with open arms by the city’s friendly residents. A visit to the city would simply not be complete without exploring the treasures of the Montagu and Outeniqua Passes and historical landmarks such as the Pacaltsdorp Stone Church – the oldest church in George - and the ancient slave tree in York Street. Other must-see attractions include the Railway Museum, the ever-popular Hop Route, the Museum – a collection of local gems – and the beautiful greenery of the Garden Route Botanical Garden at the top of Caledon Street.
The Garden Route has a mediterrranean climate with mild to chilly winters and moderately hot summers. During the warmer months - November to March - the cool water of the Indian Ocean is the perfect ending to a long, hot day.
Temperatures generally start cooling down from April. Because of it's mild climate, George is the ideal setting for outdoor adventure. Thrill-seekers can enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, abseiling, canoeing, surfing and hang-gliding throughout the year.
Golfing is a huge attraction in George and annually over 150 000 rounds are played on our beautifully maintained fairways and greens. And with world-class golf courses such as the George Golf Club, Oubaai, Fancourt and Kingswood all within minutes of the city centre, it is not difficult to see why George is the golfing hub of the Garden Route and often referred to as ‘Golfer's Paradise’. George truly offers a golfing experience that is comparable with the very best in the world.
The city of George boasts a sophisticated infrastructure with a host of banks, conference facilites and modern, convenient shopping destinations – including leading chain stores. Top restaurants and coffee shops in and around George will ensure a dining experience like no other while visitors can relax and unwind after a long day’s exploring at one of our many local guest houses, bed & breakfasts or convenient self-catering resorts. The recently upgraded George Airport ensures that George is the ideal platform from which to explore the entire Garden Route.
George is truly the city for all reasons!
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