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Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa

From a sleepy little rural village 20 years ago, Franschhoek has developed into a trendy, international hub of tourists, chefs, wine makers and real estate agents.

One thing will never change. Franschhoek is beautiful. The combination of jaw-dropping natural beauty with a trendy buzz created by international tourists and posh real estate, creates a unique setting. Mountain slopes, so close you can almost touch them, towering over idyllic wine estates, provide the backdrop to Franschhoek’s main road, lined with award-winning restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries. Step onto the main road, and you get immersed in that jet-setter’s buzz. Step off the main road, and you will see and experience South Africa’s Cape Winelands at its best.

Originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees in a valley then called “Olifantshoek”, Franschhoek’s connection with its French heritage is still celebrated today with French names for restaurants, wine estates and streets and even an annual Bastille Festival.

Quick facts / 81km to Cape Town | Population 15,000 | Settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees

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