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Franschhoek

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... is a beautiful village set at the end of a gorgeous sweeping valley, surrounded by scenic vineyards and backed by impressive granite mountains. It is without doubt the most attractive location in the Cape Winelands.

The settlement was established by French Huguenots in 1672, with the intention of producing fine quality foods and wines to provision the ships passing through the increasingly busy harbour Cape Town. Back then this was a truly wild frontier territory, where elephants and lions roamed free. These days there are still leopards in the mountains, but the valley floor has long since been manicured into a beautiful patchwork of fields and farms.

The modern day village is a very pleasant place to explore on foot. The main street may get a little busy during high season, especially when the residents of Cape Town come out for lunch on the weekends, but generally the place has a relaxed, comfortable and rather upmarket atmosphere.

The tradition for fine foods and wines is therefore long-established and is very much continued today, with the village being the undisputed culinary capital of southern Africa.


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