After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in France in 1685, when Prostestantism was outlawed, hundreds of so-called Huguenots fled their homelands, 277 of them arriving by shi at the Cape of Good Hope. Many were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek (Elephant’s Corner) – so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. Soon after they settled here, it became known as Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek Valley is nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands. It is known as the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine.
Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people.
Affectionately known as the ‘French Corner’, boutique wineries and large-scale vineyards provide a refreshing assortment of labels that impress the most seasoned of connoisseurs. Sample local & French cheeses before enjoying an afternoon tour of the Cat se Pad trail on horseback or bicycle.
Explore the streets lined with art galleries and quaint family stores or join the locals for a game of Parisian-style boules.
Whether its enjoying a round at the nearby Jack Nicklaus Pearl Valley Golf Estate, paragliding over the valley, or relaxing with a spot of fly-fishing, this jewel of the Western Cape caters to sportsmen and daredevils alike or history buffs retracing Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom upon his release from nearby Groot Drakenstein Prison in 1990.
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