Travel guide to Franschhoek, Winelands
A memorable experience awaits anyone visiting Franschhoek. A stunning landscape, amazing people and vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see are among the list of features that make this French connection a splendid place to visit - if not on a regular basis, then at least once in your lifetime. We brings you closer to finding suitable accommodation, as we select only the finest spots in which to spend your vacation.
Franschhoek is a beautiful town located in the Cape Winelands. If you are a wine lover, then this place should be on the top of your travel bucket list. And even if you are not a wine lover, you should still visit Franschhoek just for its stunning landscape and amazing people.
Wine tasting in Franschhoek
While at Franschhoek, you will never get bored because there are so many things to do and so many places to visit. Upon your arrival at Franschhoek, the first thing which you should do is visit the Franschhoek Cellar. It is one of the most popular destinations in Franschhoek. Established in 1945, this was initially a cooperative but later it was converted into a private winery. You will get to learn about the history of this place and why it was created. You will notice that the winemakers here are very fond of their tradition and they name their wines after iconic locations.
Another major reason why so many people visit Franschhoek is to see the magnificent La Motte. If you want to taste some internationally renowned wines, then this is the place to be. Surrounded by greeneries on all its sides, this is one of the most scenic wineries you will ever see in your life. There is a separate tasting room where you can taste all the different varieties of wine. There will also be several wine experts who will show you the entire area and inform you about the different varieties of wines.
Once you are done with the wine tasting, you should visit some of the neighboring areas. Surrounded by mountains on all its sides, Franschhoek offers amazing views of the valley.
For the adventure lovers as well, Franschhoek has a lot to offer. There are several hiking trails around the valley. You can also try out horse riding or cycling if you want.
And for the art and history lovers, there is the famous Huguenot Museum. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to get a sneak peek into the history of the Franschhoek Valley. You will get to understand how it is connected to France and why most of the streets have French names.
Festivals in Franschhoek
Bastille Festival is by far the most popular festival here. It is held every year on Bastille Day. People from all over Cape Town and other parts don their berets and come here to celebrate the French connection of this region. The most happening place is the huge ground inside the Huguenot Museum. Apart from the different varieties of wine, you should definitely taste the artisanal bread and the chocolate over here. Another star attraction of the Bastille Festival is the barrel rolling competition.
Franschhoek Literary Festival
Franschhoek Literary Festival. The main aim of this festival is to celebrate the rich history of South African Literature. Writers, publishers and book lovers from all parts of the country visit this beautiful town during this festival. Plenty of debates and informal discussions take place. Several famous authors also visit this festival. Hence, if you are lucky, you may even get the opportunity to meet your favorite author. Plenty of writers also launch their books during this festival. Apart from that, several competitions like spelling bee and classical music concerts are organized.
Grande Provence Harvest Festival
Grande Provence Harvest Festival. It is held every year at the Grande Province where the tradition of grape stomping is celebrated. The day generally starts with a ride in the tractor through the beautiful vineyards in search of grapes. After that, the Cellar Master will show you the entire area and you can taste some wine if you like. The day ends with a lavish dinner prepared by the famous chefs of Grande Province.
Accommodation in Franschhoek
Whether you are travelling to the town for a family vacation or a romantic honeymoon getaway, you won't be disappointed with Franschhoek. Franschhoek is also home to some amazing world class accommodations. If you want to live in style, then Mont Rochelle will be the best option. It will offer you a stunning view of the entire valley. There are several other luxury resorts as well like the Babylonstoren which is located in a very beautiful wine warm. There are also plenty of lodges and guesthouses around the town. We will help you select the best accommodation in order to make sure that you have a great experience here. Browse our list of accommodations and select one which suits you the best.