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The Franschhoek Valley, located just over an hour from Cape Town, is one of the most picturesque places in the Western Cape and offers a plethora of things to do for visitors. Boasting a wine route with outrageously beautiful landscapes, with many of the farms sharing a French Huguenot heritage, expect to find enormous French influence here. The gorgeously quaint village of Franschhoek, meanwhile, abounds with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and boutique hotels.
So, you’ve got just one day in Franschhoek and you want to see as much as possible? Never fear, we’ve got you covered with this jam-packed one day itinerary!
FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on-hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley and with just one day to take it all in, we suggest you start your day here. Journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping off at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. The route will give you the opportunity to hop off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch, or simply a stroll through the vineyards. When you are ready to move on, simply hop back on the tram to continue the tour. Choose from one of the: Blue Line, Red Line, Yellow Line and Green Line, with each visiting eight wine estates and showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.
ADMIRE THE ART
Franschhoek is not just a celebration of wine and champagne, but it is also a haven of the arts, with world class galleries on offer. The galleries are all located in close proximity to one another, meaning that art lovers can take it all in while taking a gentle stroll through the quaint town centre. Once you have finished on the tram, make your way into town to explore the art scene. From fine art to contemporary sculpture and design, the town’s galleries showcase some of the best artists in South Africa, as well as local talents, with popular galleries including The Moor Gallery, JustRock Art Gallery, The Vineyard Gallery and Ebony Curated, just some that we recommend you stop in at while in town.
SINK YOUR TEETH INTO…
While Franschhoek is well known for its wine and art, it is also a foodie’s heaven with some of the best restaurants in the country to be found in the valley. In Franschhoek, you will be spoilt for choice and the hardest part will be settling on which world class establishment to visit. Franschhoek has not just one, but three, restaurants featured on Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa for 2016, with The Tasting Room (4), The Kitchen at Maison (8), and Foliage (9) all cracking the nod for their exquisite fare. Be sure to end your evening at any one of these fabulous restaurants – just be sure to book, because a table can be hard to come by!