All you need to know about Franschoek

Located 45 minutes outside Cape Town, at the foot of the glorious Franschhoek Mountains, this valley will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another country. Established in 1688 when French Huguenots fled their homes in France and came to the Cape of Good Hope and were given land by the Dutch Government. The area became known as Franschhoek, which translates to “French Corner”.

Today, the town’s French heritage is celebrated and acknowledged with the Huguenot monument standing proud at the top end of the village, and Bastille Day celebrations are seen as major highlights on the social calendar.

French influence is evident in the town’s reputation for serving fine wines and delicious food. The town has great art galleries, craft shops, jewellers and local clothing stores to browse.