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an hour north of Cape Town in the Winelands, Paarl is a beautiful
old town dominated by a huge granite pluton that, after rain, gleams like
a pearl, and from which the town gets its name. (The Dutch word for pearl
is paarl.) Paarl has one of the longest main roads in the country – at
about 11km – and it’s lined with some lovely old buildings. For a
bit of a historical flashback you could visit the Afrikaans Language Museum
or even drive up to the Afrikaans Language Monument – a monstrous hilltop
structure that’s visible for miles. It’s an interesting place to visit
and, whatever you think of the motivation of its construction, there’s
a lovely view from up there. But you’d be more likely to visit Paarl
for wine. There are numerous lovely wineries, some of which also make home
made cheeses and liqueur brandy. Olive farms produce olive oil and various
varieties of bottled olives and Paarl is filled with lovely restaurants.
For the more active, there is an excellent paragliding launch site off
Paarl Rock, which also offers excellent granite climbing and some fun rambles.
You could ride up the back of Paarl Mountain, do a wine tasting horse trail,
or even trundle through the vineyards in a horse-drawn cart. In summer
there are early morning hot air balloon flights.
map of Paarl
|See Also: A
Wine Drenched Tour Along The Red Route of Paarl, South Africa by Gregory
Wines from the Paarl Valley - Cape Town by Bronwen E. Roberts
accommodation in Paarl
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Against the slope of Paarl
Mountain and close to the wine-tasting region, Belmonte Guesthouse offers
a peaceful retreat with stunning views of the surrounding landscape and
free wireless internet. Belmonte Guesthouse offers spacious rooms with
luxury en suite bathrooms. Enjoy beautiful views of Paarl and its surrounding
area from your private balcony. Relax in Belmonte’s garden and soak up
the sun or have a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool. Check your emails
using Belmonte’s free wireless internet access. Belmonte Guesthouse is
situated within large grounds, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful break away
from everyday stresses. Stroll around the estate and admire the natural
waterfall and exotic plants.
Valley Manor Guest House, PAARL
Valley Manor is a luxury 4 Star guest house situated in picturesque Paarl,
which together with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch forms part of the world
famous wine route. Our lovingly restored guest house dating back to 1853,
with its charming atmosphere, offers tranquillity, privacy, security, and
stylishly furnished en-suite accommodation. Come and rest in the
shadow of the surrounding mountains and rejuvenate your soul in our magnificent
tranquil garden. Uschi's private library and our sparkling large swimming
pool contribute the flair of Cape Valley Manor. Originally from Germany,
we speak both English and German.
Roche Hotel, Luxury Hotel & Restaurant, PAARL
Roche is situated on the site of the old De Nieuwe Plantatie in the Drakenstein
valley of Paarl, South Africa. Its heritage dates back to 1717 when a grant
of land was given to Hermanus Bosman. Over the years the homestead grew
and changed and, in 1876, it was renovated to reflect the then popular
Victorian style. The farm was bought and modernised by the Du Toit family
in 1926 and after a fire in 1953 it was rebuilt as a Victorian manor house.
It was finally restored to its original Cape Dutch splendour after careful
research in 1991 and transformed into a luxury hotel. In 1993, the fastidious
restoration was acknowledged when the Grande Roche Estate was declared
a national monument.
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