In the heart of the Cape Winelands, you will discover the beautiful town of Paarl.

The scenic beauty of Paarl, the ‘pearl’ of the Cape Winelands, compels visitors to explore the many scenic routes in the valley and the surrounding mountains. The town, that is a mere 45-minutes’ drive from Cape Town offers visitors the luxuries of modern day living surrounded by history and vineyards.

Paarl is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa and takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. Paarl Mountain’s 500-million-year-old domes are one of the world’s largest granite outcrops and often compared to the towering Ayers Rock in Australia.

The birth of Afrikaans as the World’s youngest language is celebrated by the Afrikaans Language Monument that stands astride the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain. The design of the Afrikaans Language Monument represents the growth and development of Afrikaans and gives recognition to the language’s roots that are spread over the three continents Africa, Europe and Asia.

Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, where Nelson Mandela spent his last months of captivity and where he completed his long walk to freedom. The statue of Madiba outside the Correctional Centre bears witness to this landmark chapter in our country’s history.

The town has many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings that compete for space with a wide variety of fine restaurants and coffee shops spread out along the twelve kilometre-long Main Street lined with its old oak trees. Paarl has the longest Main Road in South Africa!

Paarl offers endless activities for the outdoors enthusiast.

Hiking in Paarl Mountain Reserve or the Limietberg Nature Reserve, trail running, rock climbing at Paarl Rock, mountain biking, hot-air balloon rides or guided horse rides in the mountains.
Active events such as The Cape Epic Cycle Race, The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, The Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run and the Nelson Mandela 27 for Freedom Run is just some of the big events that take place in our town and surrounds.

Golfer lining up shot with iron club on golf course in fairway at sunrise

Paarl attractions such as Le Bonheur Crocodile Park, Cheetah Experience Ashia, Butterfly World and Alpaca Loom offers visitors’ interactive experience with the wonders of the animal kingdom in beautiful outdoor surrounds.
There are a diverse range of wineries to choose from when visiting the Paarl Wine Route. Some of the wineries in the area has historic significance in the SA wine industry and produce sought after wines for collectors.

The Paarl Wine route is also home to smaller boutique wine farms, each with their own personality, that offer Paarl’s signature wine diversity, and exciting tourism opportunities such as Mellasat Wines, home to the first white Pinotage. Pinotage is a cultivar indigenous to South Africa.

The Pearl Valley Golf Course and Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer Estate makes Paarl an attractive prospect for the golf lover. Paarl is also home to the Boland Cricket Park which hosts international events.
The Inter Schools between Paarl Gymnasium and Paarl Boys’ High, held every year in August, is the biggest school sporting event in South Africa.

Paarl offers visitors world class attractions and experience. Places such as Spice Route Destination, Babylonstoren, KWV’s House of Fire and Fairview Wine and Cheese is such examples.

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