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33° 55' 0'' S
19° 7' 59'' E
Welcome to Franschhoek
Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley.
Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek is rated 36th in the world on the the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2011 listing.
This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine with breathtaking scenery as a backdrop.
French Huguenot refugees first settlend in the Franschhoek Valley in 1688 and Franschhoek has since become the gourmet capital of South Africa. Franschhoek restaurants will treat you to cuisine that is delectably indulgent, ranging from gourmet to rustic with something to please every palate.
Franschhoek’s wine estates encircle the village. On these award-winning wine estates acclaimed winemakers create glorious wines. Tantalise your taste buds with wine tastings overlooking the vineyards where the grapes were harvested … each one an exceptional experience heightened by the beauty of its setting in this the most beautiful wine valley in the world. So beautiful in fact that getting married in Franschhoek is extremely popular with couples from all over the world.
If at a loss for what to do in Franschhoek spend a few hours wandering the tree-lined streets. The main street, lined with shops, specialist stores and arts and crafts studios and galleries, is the heart of this vibrant village. Even better, visit during one of the numerous Franschhoek festivals, such as the Franschoek Bastille Festival, the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Franschhoek Uncorked or the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival.
If you're more prone to adventure rather than browsing, then the Franschhoek Valley and the adjacent Dwars Rivier Valley offers energetic hiking, walking, cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing and golf. Adrenaline junkies can paraglide to get the perfect aerial view of the village.
The Franschhoek Wine Valley has throughout the years been linked with the pursuit of freedom, as the destination where the French Huguenots sought refuge from persecution. Aside from the European legacy, the connection with freedom is also evident in a local context with the Drakenstein Prison (formerly Victor Verster), the prison from which the iconic Nelson Mandela was released, situated between Franschhoek and Paarl.
When it comes to accommodation in Franschhoek the options are endless, with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Decide between classic auberges, boutique hotels, lavish country lodges, cosy B&Bs, pleasant guesthouses or comfortable self-catering cottages.Come and be part of the many-splendoured tapestry that is Franschhoek.
Friday, 13 June 2014
Regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital, visitors can once again look forward to reawakening their taste sensations as the award-winning Franschhoek Wine Valley prepares for the annual Cook Franschhoek.
What to do?
Franschhoek Rond en Bont Route
Meet the residents of the local communities as they share their heritage on the Franschhoek Rond en Bont Route.