Pool with views of mountains at la Residence South Africa

Franschhoek

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About an hour inland from Cape Town, between marching rows of massive granite mountains, the pretty town of Franschhoek nestles in a verdant valley.  For many, the awesome scenery is even more beautiful than Cape Town.

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With the Cape summer usually extending from Nov until March and 11 hours of sunshine to be enjoyed in mid-summer, this is the most popular season in Cape Town. But, it can be windy too – with the prevailing “South-Easter” as it’s affectionately known, it can mean less beach time but perfect for hitting the waters on a hobie-cat, or wind-surfer! With plenty of beautiful beaches lining the coastline, the waters of the Atlantic sea offer a cool respite on those hot summer days. Surfing, diving, cycling, hiking, walking, or just lazing on the beach are top of the agenda.

The “secret season” though, in our opinion, is either spring or autumn. With milder temperatures, less wind, and not too much rain, the crowds have left and you can still enjoy most outdoor activities. Nature is also at its best at these times; the West Coast wild flowers are a dazzling display in spring and in autumn, the spectacular colours of the vineyards are a sight to behold.

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Itineraries

View across Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak for the Biking in Cape Town
10 days of relaxation, pampering, rejuvenation for parents around Cape Town, while children are kept entertained and staying at some of the best Spa hotels in South Africa.
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Where to stay

One of the finest guesthouses in Franschhoek, La Fontaine is a pair of late 19th century houses excellently located near the centre of the village....

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Hillside Cottage deckchairs and view across mountains

A cosy, hillside 2 bedroom French styled cottage with panoramic views of Franschhoek valley and the surrounding mountains. The perfect romantic hideaway; also ideal for...

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Front of Akademie Street South Africa

Akademie Street is luxurious and unique, offering a small collection of guesthouses and suites - rich in atmosphere, luxury, peace and privacy. It is the...

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Loft Suite Terrace at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards offers the best of the Cape Winelands, combining luxury accommodation, fine dining, vineyards, horse riding and some of the...

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Luxury Cottage exterior view with mountain backdrop

Close to the action in Franschhoek but delightfully secluded too, with views of the vineyards and mountains. This exceptionally luxurious 5 bedroom cottage frequently plays...

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Villa from: £9818

Experiences in franschhoek

Vineyards at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

We think this is one of the best places on earth for mountain biking.  Choose from tough mountainous routes through to gentle, flatter trails, and...

Pool at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

If you're looking for a spa in Franschhoek then you'll enjoy the small wellness spa at the beautiful Mont Rochelle or you can enjoy relaxing...

Vineyards at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

Like neighbouring Cape Town, Franschhoek is a great area to explore by bike.  The beautiful valleys are flanked by towering mountains so you can be...

Vineyards at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

We think this is one of the best places on earth for mountain biking.  Choose from tough mountainous routes through to gentle, flatter trails, and...

Loft Suite Terrace at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek South Africa

Whatever your age or fitness level, our expert team of guides can tailor-make the perfect walking or hiking trips for you.  Half a day, a...

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