Although Franschhoek now falls under the Stellies district, it was originally established as a fully-functioning little town, independent of outside rule. It is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and, as such, still boasts much of the old-fashioned architecture of the late 17th century. This gives the entire area an intriguing quality of old-world class and elegance, with just a smattering of pure magic.
Franschhoek is nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains bedecked with emerald foliage. The clear African skies, lush vegetation, gorges, mountains and wine farms combine to lend Franschhoek an idyllic setting that is difficult to rival. It is, then, difficult to imagine that, a mere 75 kilometres away, lies the every-buzzing city of Cape Town. This is extremely convenient, as visitors are able to immerse themselves in the serenity of this food-and-wine hotspot, while still being less than an hour’s drive from the Mother City and its international airport.