Set against the backdrop of the Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains, the quaint Franschhoek valley is both a wine lovers and a gastronomic delight and is home to a number of the top restaurants in the country. The strong French influence stems from the French Huguenots who first settled in the valley some 300-years ago and to this day many of the farms and families in the valley are of French origin. The local Huguenot Memorial Museum gives a glimpse into the lives of the early settlers.
With only one main street to speak of, Franschhoek has retained a charming country atmosphere and is an extremely popular destination amongst locals and foreigners alike. Various festivals are held throughout the year including Bastille Day celebrations and wine, cheese and olive fairs. Wandering along the main street, visitors will come across the local Chocolaterie as well as a host of coffee shops, restaurants and small boutique stores.
At least 29 wine estates can be visited within the Franschhoek Valley, many producing award winning wines, and a number of the estates are also home to restaurants and accommodation ranging from country villas to intimate hotels. A host of outdoor activities including walking, hiking, horse riding and fly-fishing can be enjoyed in the beautiful surroundings.