Planning a Cape City itinerary means together with a bit little bit of all the things – seashore, mountains, metropolis life, and, after all, wine. This put up is all concerning the wine…the Franschhoek wine area specifically.
If you wish to expertise the perfect of the gorgeous Cape Winelands, make sure that to incorporate a go to to the Franschhoek wine district.
Why the Franschhoek wine area?
Boasting an enormous 20+ wineries, Franschhoek is famend for its ever fashionable wine tram excursions, beautiful meals and five star accommodation.
The relaxed nature of the city, gorgeous surroundings and gradual place make this the right stress-free break, metropolis escape or implausible day journey.
Franschhoek has an enormous French affect, with the identify that means the ‘French nook’ in Afrikaans.
The place is Franschhoek?
This unbelievable vacation spot is situated 60 kilometres exterior the hustle and bustle of the Cape City metropolis and 30km to the ever fashionable wine district of Stellenbosch (right here’s just a few things to do in Stellenbosch). The city lies between the Franschhoek Valley and the Wemmershoek Mountains.
Be a part of a Franschhoek wine tram tour
That is the primary attraction in Franschhoek, with trams masking 8 tram strains and eight to 10 stops on every line (you may keep aboard and skip some stops if you want). Tram instances run each hour permitting some wine tasting, meals and a go searching earlier than heading off to your subsequent vacation spot. Bear in mind although, the final tram runs at 4pm, so in case you settle in to a vineyard for just a few hours be sure you hold one eye in your watch or it may very well be a protracted stroll.
Two wine stops you could make
Set on the aspect of the hills with views of the gorgeous Franschhoek mountain vary and neighboring Stellenbosch, Dieu Donne affords a way of freedom and a world away from all the things.
Prime Tip: That is the perfect place in Franschhoek to see the sundown.
Eikehof is a smaller, extra household oriented vineyard and you actually get a way of what it would really feel wish to develop up immersed on this world. The household shared some nice tales such because the historical past of the 1940’s Ford on show – which belonged to the proprietor’s grandfather who used it to plough the fields again within the day. Such intimate tales shared by the homeowners added to the nice and cozy expertise we had right here.
Meals in Franschhoek
Franschhoek is understood unofficially because the culinary capital of South Africa. It boasts firstclass fantastic eating, whereas nonetheless making a relaxed aura and really feel that’s Franschhoek.
Our favorite restaurant in Franschhoek
For us it must be the Monneaux restaurant, a restaurant set with a relaxed but intimate atmosphere. With three rooms and the movement of a home, this actually set a scene of consolation. This actually was an atmosphere we may really feel comfy in whereas nonetheless appreciating all of the formalities and professionalism of a high finish fantastic eating restaurant.
The meals prides itself on regionally sourced suppliers and artisans, seasonal menus and ease with a view of not over complicating issues.
We loved a small plates tasting menu attempting 4 dishes and dessert. That is the best way we wish to eat getting many alternative flavours and textures. Presentation is implausible and each dish was nicely executed.
The place to remain in Franschhoek
We stayed on the Franschhoek Country House and Villas a brief 10 minute stroll from the middle of Franschhoek. 5 star lodging at it’s most interesting. With complimentary champagne on arrival and an excellent breakfast of freshly cooked dishes, fruits, pastries, meats and cheeses laid out every morning.
Get poolside and luxuriate in some solar with poolside eating and cocktails, the recent views of the mountains and the quaint passing wine tram.
The resort additionally has an onsite spa with many many choices of packages to unwind and rejuvenate.
5 Different Issues To Do In Franschhoek
Staying for just a few days? Right here is 5 different nice issues to do in Franschhoek.
1. Franschhoek Motor Museum
With over 100 years of historical past and over 200 automobiles the Franschhoek motor museum is a should for any automotive fanatic.
2. Franschhoek Cross
The Franschhoek move takes you into the mountains with gorgeous drives and views that you may solely think about exist.
3. First South African Fragrance Museum
Franshhoek was as soon as a budding fragrance district with a complete host of perfumeries. On the museum yow will discover out all concerning the historical past behind this trade on this space.
A bit truth the restaurant we ate within the, Monneaux was really residence to one of many first Perfumeries in Franschhoek.
4. Soul Barrell Brewing
In the event you’re all wined out and fancy a change, then look no additional than Soul Barrel Brewing. A choice of unbiased craft beers with taproom and excursions accessible.
5. Hike Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Mont Rochelle is a Unesco World Heritage Web site located simply exterior Franschhoek. With over 30 kms of climbing trails and can be residence additionally to Richard Branson’s gorgeous resort and winery.
If this doesn’t get you excited for some down time I’m unsure what is going to. We advise going to unwind, decelerate the tempo and take all of it in your stride.
A great three or 4 days can be an appropriate journey, sufficient time to chill out however sufficient time to tick just a few journeys off.
Putting this on a Cape City journey is simply excellent with the busy nature of Cape City and a lot to do, Franschhoek is only a excellent method to finish.