Top attractions in Franschhoek
The beautiful valley of Franschhoek, tucked away in the Cape winelands, is one of South Africa's gems. It is known as the country's 'food and wine capital' and entices visitors from across the globe. These are our top recommendations of places to see when you visit.
This striking monument in Franschhoek is dedicated to the French Huguenots, who settled here from France in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Indeed, they brought the knowledge and tools to make wine. There is a pretty park to walk around and next door is the Huguenot Memorial Museum, where you can find out more about their history.
Take a drive up the winding road known as the Franschhoek Pass and enjoy the commanding views of the valley below - you'll understand why it is known as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. There is a lovely place to stop near the top and take photos and don't forget to look out for the baboons that live in the hills around the pass.
This is an incredibly exciting place for any car enthusiast as the Franschhoek Motor Museum, on L'Ormarins wine estate, has a world-class collection of cars, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia from the last 100 years. There are 80 cars on show at any one time so it means that if you go back you are likely to see more amazing vehicles (as there are actually 320 in the collection). www.fmm.co.za
Nestled high up on the slopes of the mountain overlooking the Franschhoek Valley lies the famous guesthouse, restaurant and winery known as Le Petite Ferme. It boasts unrivalled views, delicious cuisine and top notch wines. Join one of their daily cellar tours and don’t forget to try Le Petite Ferme restaurant, which was listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the "15 best value restaurants in the world".
This fun wine tram tour is fairly new and is a big hit with visitors. It gives you the chance to go to several top wine farms in the heart of the Franschhoek valley and, of course, taste many different local wines. The longstanding tradition of winemaking in this area makes it one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful wine growing regions.
Franschhoek is a very picturesque and historic place with many notable Cape Dutch style buildings, including the church and town hall. There is a lot to see in this small town and many shopping opportunities with cute boutiques, galleries and souvenir shops. There are also plenty of fantastic cafes and restaurants to stop at and watch the world go by.
Every Saturday morning is the colourful local food and craft market, which is from 9am-2pm under the trees of the church hall. Go and sample the tasty treats on offer and purchase fresh ingredients as well. There are also plenty of gift ideas here from jewellery to paintings.