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Monday Escape: Franschhoek, South Africa


At the heart of South Africa’s wine country is the quiet, cozy town of Franschhoek. A strong wine culture and pristine natural and architectural beauty is just part of what Franschhoek offers– it’s also well known for having many of the top restaurants in the country. Move here and eat, drink and be merry!

South African wines are increasingly titillating the palette of wine-lovers around the world, and Franschhoek is certainly the food and wine capital of South Africa. These attributes have also made Franschhoek a popular tourist destination, and there are dozens of bed & breakfasts and small cottages available for accommodation at premium prices as well as a great used bookstore–the biggest in the area.

The valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek (“Elephants’ corner”), so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area.

The Huguenot Monument preserves the town’s history, and the beautiful structure stands at the top of the village. The museum nearby chronicles the history of the first settlers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own fascinating story to tell.

Franschhoek is also attractive as a place of residence due to its proximity to Cape Town, and the recently constructed English-medium private Bridge House School outside the village has also attracted many urban dwellers.

If you’re a wine lover and are looking to move to South Africa, Franschhoek is your new home. We guarantee it!


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