Head to the little town of Franschoek for a peaceful afternoon wander – everything feels very local, and its home to The Tasting Room, an award-winning restaurant at the Le Quartier Francais hotel that’s unbelievably imaginative.
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Just an hour's drive inland from Cape Town, at the heart of the Cape Winelands, is the historic town of Franschhoek. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots who brought with them a Gallic appreciation of all things epicurean, Franschhoek is the gastronomic capital of South Africa, its many excellent restaurants offering a world-class gourmet experience. The vineyards around Franschhoek and nearby Stellenbosch produce some of the finest New World wines, best sampled on a tour of the local wine routes which pass through picturesque landscapes punctuated with characteristic Cape Dutch architecture.
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Luxury Holidays to The Winelands & Cape: the Detail
Moving on from the Cape Winelands region, the small coastal town of Hermanus is famous for its superb whale-watching, especially between May and December when the Southern Right whales are in residence in Hermanus Bay.
Inject some action into your luxury holiday with sea-kayaking, deep-sea fishing and hiking, mountain biking or horse-riding in the local hills with their unique 'fynbos' heathland.