Franschhoek Area Information

Spend the month of July in this famous French Huguenot town celebrating the French heritage. Franschhoek accommodation is some of the most sumptuous in all of the Cape Winelands, but be sure to book early no matter what the season, as this wine-producing region is popular year round.

The famous French Quarter of the once-predominantly Dutch Cape Colony, Franschhoek (French Corner) is only 45 minutes from the city of Cape Town, and offers eight of the 100 top South African restaurants in this small town. 30 restaurants and 28 wine cellars are on offer for your gastronomique experiences, while the little town itself is well renowned for having one of the friendliest atmospheres in the country, if not the world!


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Who goes there?

In Franschhoek you will find a variety of different people from all over the world. The area is still predominantly French in its decedents, but a range of languages are spoken in the different Franschhoek accommodation on offer. The main attraction of this area is the wine, of course, but the Huguenot Memorial is an equally large tourist draw, as is the annual Bastille Weekend.

When to visit Franschhoek?

The best time to visit this Winelands town is in late summer or early autumn. The indigenous and imported trees, as well as the fields of vineyards, change colour and begin to fill the streets with a stunning array of leaves. The weather starts to become cooler, allowing for enjoyable hikes up the mountains or grape-picking in the historical wine estates.

Close By Attractions

    * Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve: Stretching 42 000ha from Elgin to Stellenbosch, this nature reserve is the perfect outing with your friends and family. Hike through pristine pine forests or ride your bike through the many trails.
    * Wine tours: Franschhoek is a famed area of the Cape Winelands and the best way to experience this region is on a tour with a difference: hop on the back of a horse and explore the Vignerons de Franschhoek!

Things to do near Franschhoek

If you are in the Franschhoek region in July, make your way down to the village centre or the closest weekend to the 14th of July, where the village and inhabitants celebrate the tradition of Bastille Day! With flags and frolics a plenty, the little village comes a live with the vibrancy of French, Dutch and English heritage. This is one cultural festival you shouldn’t miss!

Getting around

We recommend hiring a car for your stay in Franschhoek, as the winding roads and plethora of vineyards suggest that a personalized tour of the area is a must. Many reputable Cape Town car rental options can be recommended by your Book Cape Town agent.

Further afield

Cape Town is a mere 45-minute drive away, along the N1 freeway. Here you can find anything your heart desires, from sky diving in Cape Town to jet flights, the view from the iconic Table Mountain to a shopping mall to end all malls in Canal Walk.