Santos Pavilion in Santos Bay, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
The Santos Pavilion is one of only two beach Pavilions still left in use today from Colonial times, the other is the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.It is considered one Mossel Bays’ must see historical buildings and earned a spot on the Mossel Bay Historical Walk Tour.
One of the towns’ local architects travelled to Brighton to get ideas for the Santos Pavilion which was then built in 1916 by WJR Swart. During the 1920’s and 1930’s the pavilion was used as a social meeting place for the local community who would gather here regularly to listen to the bands play and to exchange news and gossip while they socialize with friends and family. In 1925, the then Prince of Wales visited the Pavilion during his stay in South Africa.
Unfortunately in 1979, due to a tragic fire destroyed the roof and woodwork of the building and the remains were due to be demolished. Instead a private company took the building over and restored it to its former glory. In 1986 they were granted a thirty years lease on the building.
Today the Santos Pavilion is home to the Santos Pavilion Restaurant where the locals can still meet to socialize with friends and family and where holiday makers can experience a great meal in a beautiful setting.
Things to do and see
- Sea and mountain views
- Outside Patio Area
- Santos Beach
- Private Functions
No admission fee is charged, however, if coming to view the historic building why not enjoy a lunch, dinner or just a few drinks at the same time.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
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