FRANSCHHOEK IN SOUTH AFRICA
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 Franschhoek’s top chefs create international cuisine. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories. The Franschhoek Valley – first settled by French Huguenot refugees in 1688. Before Franschhoek acquired its French name, it was called (in Afrikaans) Olifants Hoek. Herds of elephants used to roam into the Franschhoek Valley from the mountain pass between Villiersdorp and Franschhoek, which was originally an elephant path. Franschhoek is 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. 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.
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