Restaurants | Golf and other sport | Wine routes | Cheese factories | Spas and wellness centres
Art galleries and shops | Festivals | Mineral water | Medical facilities | Weather
Franschhoek - the gourmet capital of South Africa - is home to eight of the country's top 100 restaurants. In fact, one in every five of the award-winning chefs in South Africa reside in Franschhoek.
The French heritage is evident in the large number of restaurants with a French flavour in either their names or menus. However, you will also find excellent seafood, classical and contemporary cuisine, and truly South African potjiekos (local slow-cooked stew), spit-roasted meat, and pap en wors (mealie-meal porridge and sausage, with tomato and onion sauce).
If you are looking for something on the lighter side, try out a deli with specialty cheeses, freshly baked bread or imported French cheeses, the quaint coffee shops and friendly pizzerias.
If you are planning a more active holiday, you have come to the right place. The Franschhoek area offers you various signature golf courses, premier fly-fishing venues with dams and rivers stocked with rainbow trout and small mouth bass, and horse-riding farms.
Play golf at the Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa, the newest Jack Nicklaus signature course in the country. Or tee up to play at the nearby Boschenmeer Golf & Country Estate. This David Frost signature golf course is the first 27-hole layout in the Western Cape.
The Franschhoek Mountains, Drakenstein Mountains and adjacent Boland Mountains offer some of South Africa's best hiking trails.
Franschhoek is certainly the most beautiful wine valley in the world. The valley of Franschhoek, with its vine-covered mountain slopes, offers 27 extraordinary wine cellars where you can taste and purchase wines, go on cellar or vineyard tours, or enjoy wonderful lunches or picnics.
Famous wine estates include Boschendal, Chamonix, Dieu Donné, Graham Beck, La Motte, L'Ormarins, the Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, and Vrede en Lust.
Franschhoek has a thriving local cheese industry with both boutique cheese producers and commercial producers creating quality cheese with true character - including Camembert, Brie, soft French cheeses and cheddar-style cheeses. Franschhoek also hosts the annual SA Cheese Festival. With 170 exhibitors from all corners of South Africa, and even one from the Netherlands, the 2006 SA Cheese Festival was by far the largest cheese festival ever held in the country.
Various spas and wellness centres in the vicinity will pamper you by offering a range of holistic health and beauty treatments. The Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa offers facilities for health and beauty treatments plus state-of-the-art support systems for exercise and fitness. The Santé Winelands Hotel & Wellness Centre offers a holistic wellness solution with innovative treatments to rejuvenate and enhance your physical and mental well-being.
Explore Franschhoek's art galleries which offer a wide range of arts, crafts, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, artefacts and ceramics by well-known and upcoming South African artists. Franschhoek has several manufacturing jewellers who design exquisite pieces of jewellery for every occasion.
The African art collector will find a big selection of authentic pieces as well as a wide variety of clothing, curios and giftware, ethnic and African jewellery.
You will also find fine original oil paintings, watercolours, pastels, drawings, sculptures in stone, wood and bronze, and collectable and functional ceramics by renowned South African artists.
For retail therapy there are ethnic, African and Eurocentric boutiques, curio shops, craft shops, gift shops, interior decorators, book shops ... the list goes on.
Franschhoek has become well-known for various major festivals:
Franschhoek has at least three bottled mineral water producers - thanks to the majestic Franschhoek Mountains surrounding the village. Well-known brands include Chamonix, L'Aubade and La Vie de Luc.
The village has medical doctors and health-care facilities. World-class private clinics and hospitals are within easy reach.
The Western Cape enjoys Mediterranean weather with rainy winters and hot summers. The following average temperatures can be expected in the Cape Town area:
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