Off to Market

The Cape Winelands are well known for their elegant wine farms, award-winning restaurants and jaw-dropping landscapes. But for the traveller looking to sample a little of everything the winelands have to offer in a single morning, there’s no better destination than one of the region’s ever-popular markets. Continue reading “Off to Market”

Franschhoek Festivities – Four reasons to visit the valley this May

You may have noticed a slight nip in the air, but don’t be fooled – things are heating up in the Franschhoek valley this autumn. Over and above the usual plethora of eateries, wine farms and art galleries available all year round, May brings with it a series of sought-after events guaranteed to delight lovers of food, literature and music.   Continue reading “Franschhoek Festivities – Four reasons to visit the valley this May”

Fall in Franschhoek: Five Autumn Activities To Add To Your List

There’s a pinch in the air and tell-tale signs of a season change on the breeze – yep, it’s becoming quite clear that summer is ready to bid us all adieu. But while you might be thinking that a holiday is a dish best served hot, think again! There’s still plenty of sunshine on offer in the Franschhoek Valley, so don’t slip into hibernation mode just yet. Continue reading “Fall in Franschhoek: Five Autumn Activities To Add To Your List”

Franschhoek Café Culture – Top caffeine spots to get a taste of the good life

 

Franschhoek might be best known for its wine, but it’s safe to say that nobody’s day should start with a crisp glass of Chardonnay, no matter how delicious it might be.

For those looking to make the most of their mornings in the valley, there are plenty of atmospheric, enchanting cafés at which to acquire your caffeine fix, many of which offer up decadent side servings of tarts, cakes and other treats guaranteed to get your morning off to a sweet start.

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Ways of Wining – Four Tips For Tasting The Franschhoek Valley

It goes without say that no visit to Franschhoek would be complete without a wine farm pilgrimage or two – after all, the valley is home to no fewer than 50 world-class wineries, all of which come complete with decidedly above-average vistas.

Of course the one downside of wine tasting, particularly for more enthusiastic participants, is getting from Point A to Point B, something that can prove fairly treacherous a few stops into the journey.

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Franschhoek A Deux – Your Ultimate Romantic Itinerary

Quaint, historic streets and sweeping mountain vistas make Franschhoek an obvious location for couples in search of a romantic break from the big city. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that ambience is all that’s on offer.

While there’s no better place to simply relax and soak up the whimsical surrounds, Franschhoek makes a great spot for a couple’s rendez-vous irrespective of your inclinations, offering up outdoor adventures, spectacular gastronomic experiences and plentiful pampering options.
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Al Fresco Franschhoek – Top Picnic Spots To While Away Summer

The summer heat might be slowly ebbing away, but there’s still plenty of balmy weather in store for the Franschhoek valley. As the mercury slips to more manageable levels, the great outdoors become even more appealing, with the spectacular surrounds of the winelands offering up the perfect setting for an al fresco picnic.

Thanks to the numerous markets, delis and farm stalls in the region, staging your own gourmet picnic is a fairly easy undertaking, but if you’re looking for an extra special day out, there are a few spectacular spots you simply shouldn’t miss.
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Exploring Huguenot History – Franschhoek’s Historic Spots Uncovered

To walk the streets of Franschhoek is to step into another world, one steeped in 329 years of rich Huguenot history. Between the quaint streets and ornate Cape Dutch architecture, it’s quite easy to feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time, to an age where life was peaceful, and the ultimate joys were derived from sipping the perfect wine or spending quality time with loved ones.

While many centuries have passed since the first Huguenots settled Franschhoek, the town’s old world charm and rich heritage remain very much intact, and there are plenty of intriguing artifacts dotted around the valley that beg to be explored.
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Franschhoek’s Finest Wine Estates

Franschhoek and wine have been synonymous ever since the French Huguenots settled in the valley back in 1688, bringing with them a flair for viticulture that has since seen the formation of one of the most accoladed wine growing regions in the world.

Thanks to its dry and sunny Mediterranean climate, Franschhoek’s grape growing conditions are near perfect, and the valley is home to vast swathes of vines, producing everything from Chenin Blanc to Shiraz.

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