Franschhoek is a major part of the world-famous Cape Winelands, despite being such a small village. It has lured millions of tourists from all over the world to be part of its wine-making history, and these vintages have earned the area and its wine farms many accolades and awards. However, for those who do not have a particular fondness for wine or who are simply looking for something a little different, there are many reasons to leave your luxurious Franschhoek accommodation with plenty to see and do in Franschhoek …
Here are just a few ideas …
Walk the Main Road
The main road through the village is not only quaint and beautiful, it is also flanked by historical buildings, book shops, antique stores, world-class restaurants, chocolatiers, speciality pancake houses, bakeries, boutiques and more. There are plenty of shopping opportunities here, offering so much in the way of curios and keepsakes, gastronomic delights and unique clothing.
Explore the beauty of Franschhoek, its valleys and its mountains on the back of a well trained, powerful horse. This relaxed pace allows you to take in all of the surrounding splendour while still getting to interact with these beautiful, insightful creatures. Paradise Stables offers this memorable tour through the forests and vineyards, along with an experienced guide. Whether it is your first time on a horse or you are an experienced rider, there will be a horse that can cater to your needs.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum
Famous for its impressive collection of vehicles, spanning more than a century, the Franschhoek Motor Museum is a fascinating find for young and old alike. It is home to an array of cars, motorbikes, bicycles and memorabilia, while examining the ways that these vehicles were invented and took shape over time. There are well over 200 different vehicles, which are displayed from the oldest to the newest.
The Franschhoek Artisan Food Route
Known as one of the primary spots for delicious food and wines, Franschhoek attracts many visitors purely for the taste sensations to which they can look forward. This route allows visitors to sample a range of fresh produce, cheeses, preserved meats, fish, coffees, herbs, bakes goods, preserves, chocolates, breads and olives. There is a vibrant atmosphere that is fabulous for groups of friends or family.
Dutoitskop Hiking Trail
Visitors that want to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Western Cape are encouraged to try the local hiking trails. Dutoitskop promises breath-taking views from the top of the 700 metre summit, and wonderful photographs. This route is in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and boasts fascinating plant and animal life, including much of the local fynbos, which is endemic to South Africa. The trail takes about five hours to complete, but is relatively easy for those that are, at least, fit walkers.