Thesen Harbour Town is the commercial village of Thesen Islands, a mere ten-minute stroll from the residential area. Where the residential area is only accessible by residents and their visitors through the 24/7 security gate, Thesen Harbour Town is open to all, and easily accessible via the causeway linking Thesen Islands with the mainland. The main street of this commercial village is framed by weather-protected arcades, featuring a mix of restaurants, boutiques, offices and apartments, and ending in a typical village square with a long scenic pier into the lagoon, offering beautiful views over the lagoon and towards Knysna town and its harbour.
Many of the historic buildings, such as the Sawtooth Building, the Parking Garage and the Boatshed, have been adapted and modernised for re-use, retaining an authentic sense of the past.
Here you will find interesting shops, restaurants, a tapas bar, hotels, a gym, a children’s playground, all along the main street and around the village square. Apart from eating and shopping there are a host of other activities available. You can do the Thesen historical walk route following the illustrated information panels, or you can go on an exciting whale-watching trip, do some fishing from the pier, spoil yourself with a massage or beauty treatment, or even embark on a relaxing lagoon houseboat holiday.
The Turbine Hotel (a superb conversion of the former turbine hall with the original machinery still intact and beautifully restored), and the luxury The Lofts boutique hotel offer a whole new accommodation experience.
Thesen residents can take a leisurely walk over the pedestrian bridge or even cruise by boat from their home to join the Harbour Town buzz. For your convenience, public moorings are provided at the quayside. Marina life doesn’t get much better than this!
Click here to visit the Thesen Harbour Town website : www.thesenharbourtown.co.za