Dating back to 1688, the small town of Franschhoek is known for its fine restaurants and wineries, book festivals and cultural events. Located 75 kilometres from Cape Town, the town bustles with visitors on weekends, festivals and during the holidays when guests arrive from all over the country to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Franschhoek Valley and the surrounding mountains.
Rich in history, many of the wine farms retain their original French names as given by the French Huguenot refugees who settled in the valley. The Huguenot Monument and the town's museum preserves the history of these founders. Railway enthusiasts take great pleasure in riding on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which runs on tracks that were originally built in 1904. If you have an interest in motoring history, the Franschhoek Motor Museum looks back at 100 years of motoring history with a collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia.
There are also stores, speciality shops and galleries, which entice visitors with treats and delights.
Surrounded by mountains and forests, Franschhoek attracts outdoor sports people, like hikers, horse riders, cyclists, mountain bikers and runners. Events in the area are always well attended. Scootours® Franschhoek offers guided kick-scooter tours on a variety of routes for families and more daring adventurers.
The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is a popular location for its magnificent view of the Franschhoek Valley, diverse plant species and well-maintained hiking and walking trails.
Whether you're in Franschhoek for the weekend or just for the day, this charming town has something to offer every visitor.
Fun things to do in Franschhoek include hiking, mountain biking, scootours, horse riding and much more!