The third oldest town in South Africa is Paarl, located around 60km to the northwest of Cape Town. The convenient location makes it easy to access via car, bus, or train. Within the city, it is recommended to have a rental car to ensure getting around is quick and convenient. Paarl certainly offers the natural splendors of South Africa, but it also holds some historical significance.
With the Afrikaans Language Monument
, Language Museum, and the Afrikaans Language Route, it is no doubt Paarl celebrates being the place where the foundations of the Afrikaans language were laid out. The wine industry once had its headquarters here, and today, there are several wine estates offering tours, wine tasting, and opportunities for fine dining. The Paarl Rock in Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
provides a challenge for the adventure-seeking rock climber, and a hot air balloon ride over the Berg River Valley is sure to make memories.
Accommodation is mostly found along Main Road in Paarl. There are guest houses, apartments, country houses, and self-catering cottages amongst the options for travelers to choose from. There are also options to stay near the Haweqwa Nature Reserve
. Be sure to check out the interactive map of Paarl for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.