Meaning French Corner in Dutch, Franschhoek is a city of relaxation, wine, and culinary delights in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. French Huguenot settlers founded the city in a fertile valley after fleeing as far as possible from Europe’s inquisition. Franschhoek is best reached by road, especially when going over the mountain route of Franschhoek Pass, utilizing taxi services from Stellenbosch or Paarl.
Travelers to Franschhoek can expect laidback, homey living here, until you get into the wines the land is famous for. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a great way to take in the city with great views, insight into the history, and wine tasting. A couple of museums can be explored, including the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Bikes can be rented as a great means of getting around and taking in the wine farms and views of the mountains. The culinary delights of Franschhoek are also very popular. There are many restaurants to choose from, especially along the main road and in the vineyards.
Finding a place to stay in Franschhoek is easy with a number of options in the city and along the highway. There are also properties located on the Franschhoek River and near the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Be sure to check out the interactive map of Franschhoek for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.