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.
So whatever it is that sparks your passions, there’s a perfect weekend getaway with yours and your special someone’s name written all over it. Here are a few of our favourite romantic pursuits to get you in the mood:
For Active Duos
Rise at dawn and make your way to Mont Rochelle for an epic hike with spectacular views. The reserve is nestled within the Franschhoek Mountains, surrounded by spectacular peaks and lined with plenty of photo op spots. There are 10 hiking trails to choose from, so whether you’re up for an all-day adventure or just a quick and easy power walk, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Lace up your trainers and get ready for a walk to remember.
For Reluctant Adventurers
If you’re the type of couple who loves the outdoors but would prefer to enjoy it without breaking much of a sweat, a dreamy horseback ride could be just what the doctor ordered. Head to Paradise Stables and take in the valley’s most picturesque views from atop a purebred Arabian steed – it doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
Contact: +27 (0)21 876 2160
For Those In Search of Quality Time
Relax under the shade of soaring oak trees and take in the beautiful views of the Drakenstein Mountains over a sumptuous picnic at Allée Bleue. Sample some of the region’s finest fare and feel time stand still under the dazzling Franschhoek skies, as you wind down and re-connect with the special person in your life.
Contact: +27 (0)21 874 1021
For Added Indulgence
Sit back, let go and treat yourselves to the ultimate day of pampering. Make your way to the sumptuous Leeu Spa and choose from a wide selection of luxury treatments. Indulge your senses and end the day feeling revitalised, renewed and re-united.
Contact: +27 (0)21 492 2222
For Wine Enthusiasts
A horse and carriage might be the more traditional transport option for romance-seeking lovers, but you’ll still get a hefty helping of nostalgia aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which wends its way through the valley’s more than 50 wineries, offering you the chance to hop on and off as you please. Whether you want to linger a little longer amidst the vines, or simply take in as many wineries as you can, the day is yours to seize in whichever way you wish.
Contact: +27 (0)21 300 0338