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
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
Franschhoek restaurants will treat you to cuisine that is delectably
indulgent, ranging from gourmet to rustic with something to please every
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.