Franschhoek is a beautiful quaint town in the Western Cape with a strong French influence dating back centuries. Franschhoek is nestled between magnificent mountains and the Franschhoek Valley. The beauty of this valley is simply breath-taking with vineyards, rose gardens, Cape Dutch architecture and the beautiful Huguenot Monument that stands proudly at the end of the main road. This main street also boasts coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, book and antique shops and chocolate cafes of which some even offer chocolate tastings and tours. Franschhoek prides itself in being one of the country’s best gastronomic locations, with an impressive number of award-winning restaurants run by more than a few world-renowned chefs. It is of course, also the place to indulge in world class wine – and the ideal place to do tastings, especially since the famous wine tram passes through the most popular wine farms. Franschhoek also boasts an extraordinary motor museum filled with collectables and limited editions – this is something not to be missed for the young or old. We’d highly recommend you stay at least a few nights in the town, and suggest you pick Franschhoek wine farm accommodation to make your stay that much more spectacular.
Stellenbosch is often referred to as a ‘university/student town’ due to the well-known Stellenbosch University located in the centre, and also because of its scale. Stellenbosch is rather small, but it full of energy and character. Stellenbosch is rich in colour and beautiful surroundings including vineyards, nature reserves and Cape Dutch architecture and is the oldest, largest and most popular wine route in South Africa. The town is known worldwide for its outstanding wine, brewed to perfection. But while it’s a great place for wine, it’s also a great place to break away from the city chaos and just relax in the quiet. The streets are lined with oak trees – which has earned the town the name ‘city of oaks’ – and the surroundings, made of mountain ranges that include the Jonkershoek, Papegaaiberg, Groot Drakenstein, Simonsberg and Die Twee Piekeare make it all the more magnificent.
Hermanus is a very popular coastal town just a few hours drive from Cape Town. This peaceful, beautiful town is best known for whale-watching, and was even declared one of the best places on earth to spot Southern Right Whales. During the months between June and November you can view them ‘playing’, mating and rearing their calves, and this certainly is something spectacular to witness. This is, however, just one of the many reasons Hermanus is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. The seaside town is also incredibly scenic especially since the ocean meets the foot of the majestic mountain ranges surrounding the town. It’s for this reason Hermanus is one of the most photographed destinations in the Cape Peninsula.
Hermanus is, of course, also known for its many beautiful beaches which includes Kammabaai, Langbaai, Onrus and Grotto Beach, and since it’s a seaside town it’s essential you visit the Old Harbour Museum to learn about its fascinating history.
Greyton is a refreshing little town found in the Overberg of the Western Cape. It is fondly recognised as the ‘Jewel of the Overberg’ and once you have been to visit this little gem you will understand why. The people of Greyton are so friendly and welcoming that you feel as if you are one of the locals. There are quaint stores scattered throughout the town selling homemade products, organic produce, arts and crafts and many more. There are also fantastic restaurants that have some of the most delicious foods on offer, no matter your pallet or culinary preferences, they will not disappoint. While Greyton is small and quiet, there is a lot to keep you entertained. We’d recommend going horse-riding, going for a hike, visiting the markets and embracing the splendour of a place so pure and tranquil.
Paternoster is located on the West Coast of the Western Cape and is known to be one of the oldest fishing towns. It is approximately 145 km outside of Cape Town and is a must for anyone who enjoys impeccable ocean views, fresh sea air, incredible seafood, sunsets and beach walks. This is a lovely town to take families to just to soak up the sun, teach the children how to fish, and explore the unspoilt beaches that seem to stretch for miles. A short drive from Paternoster, literally a five-minute drive is the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve which is proudly known as the town with the last manned lighthouse.