WELCOME TO FRANSCHHOEK
Valley of the Vines
Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine. Here breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.
Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history and centres on a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people.
In the village you will find wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries. The main street is lined with coffee shops and restaurants. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town Franschhoek is the ideal base while you explore the entire Cape winelands.
When travelling around the Western Cape you are going to need somewhere to call home, a place to rest your weary feet after a day of exploration. Franschhoek is such a place. Its centrality ensures that travelling distances to all areas of interest are minimal. Even with its central location it remains removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Relax and soak up the atmosphere ensuring that you are revived for the following day’s adventures.
Butterfly Farm – it’s perfect for kids (15min)
Hillcrest Berry Farm – lovely tea and scones, Helshoogte (20min)
Seidelberg – glass blowing, Paarl (20min)
Afrikaans Language Monument & Museum – Paarl (20min)
Paarl Rock Nature Reserve – mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching or picnics (20min)
Pearl Valley Golf Estate – enjoy a round of golf, course designed by Jack Niklaus
Hot Air Ballooning – Paarl (30min)
Strawberry Picking – Stellenbosch (30min)
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve – hiking, Stellenbosch (30min)
Horse Riding – La Rochelle Tours or Paradise Stables
Chocolate Experience – La Rochelle Tours or Franschhoek’s Official Tourism Site
Museum – Franschhoek Motor Museum
Spa – We can arrange an on-site appointment
Wine Tasting – There are a multitude of top wine estates in the area
Cycling – Hire, or join a club on a route
Our Franschhoek Gallery
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