Visit Franschhoek, South Africa
Tucked into the end of a valley, Franschhoek is the prettiest town in the Winelands.
Surrounded on three sides by towering mountains in a setting reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands.
Franschhoek translates as ‘French corner’, commemorating the Huguenot refugees granted land here in their flight from 17th century persecution in France. It is refreshingly compact, with most of the shops, restaurants and the Huguenot Memorial located within minutes of the main street.
Thanks to the French influence, some of the country’s best vineyards are also in and around the town.
Suggested itineraries featuring Franschhoek
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Franschhoek, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Franschhoek
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Places near Franschhoek
- The Winelands 16 kilometers away
- Paarl 25 kilometers away
- Stellenbosch 25 kilometers away
- Hermanus 58 kilometers away
- The Whale Coast 60 kilometers away
- Cape Town 65 kilometers away
- Constantia 67 kilometers away
- The Cape Peninsula 76 kilometers away
- De Kelders 76 kilometers away
- The Overberg 87 kilometers away
- Montagu 94 kilometers away
- Swellendam 123 kilometers away
- Sanbona Game Reserve 134 kilometers away
- Langebaan 137 kilometers away
- De Hoop Nature Reserve 144 kilometers away
- The Cederberg Mountains 157 kilometers away
- Paternoster 168 kilometers away
- Calitzdorp 242 kilometers away
- Oudtshoorn & Surrounds 288 kilometers away
- The Cango Caves & Swartberg Pass 293 kilometers away
- Wilderness 320 kilometers away
- The Klein Karoo 353 kilometers away
- Knysna 363 kilometers away
- Plettenberg Bay 392 kilometers away
- Tsitsikamma Forest 426 kilometers away
Photos of Franschhoek
Accommodation choices for Franschhoek
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Franschhoek. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This boutique hotel is well situated in the center of Franschhoek, making it well-placed for exploring the area’s colonial history and dramatic scenery. Offering spacious and comfortable accommodation alongside an excellent service, it’s also home to one of the finest restaurants in town.
Leeu House is a boutique hotel in the Franschhoek valley and is an oasis of comfort and luxury with a country guesthouse feel. Located on the main street of Franschhoek village, the property is close to restaurants, galleries and shops.
L’Auberge Chanteclair, situated near the historical town of Franschhoek, is a tastefully converted farmhouse nestled in stunning landscaped gardens surrounded by orchards, vineyards and epic mountain scenery.
Located on the outskirts of Franschhoek with sweeping views across vineyards and the surrounding mountains, Franschhoek Country House has a selection of luxurious accommodation. Guests stay in rooms in the manor house itself, or in villas in the estate’s grounds.
La Fontaine is ideally situated just off Franschhoek’s main street. A heritage building, it retains a lot of its original features; each room is individual and well-appointed with antique furniture that's in keeping with the guesthouse's character.
Located in the beautiful Cape Winelands region of Franschhoek, the Last Word is a luxury boutique hotel situated within an historic and refurbished Franschhoek house with a backdrop of vineyards and panoramic mountains.
A tranquil retreat just on the edge of Franschhoek, this small, contemporary guesthouse offers attentive, personal service, stylish rooms and large gardens with panoramic views. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and putting green.
La Residence is tucked away in the tranquil vineyards of Franschhoek Valley. It is located on the private wine and olive estate commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
The overall feeling at Mont Rochelle is one of secluded luxury, which never threatens to feel overbearing thanks to the friendly manner of the staff and the fine balance between elegance and informality.
This award-winning guest house prides itself on a high level of service and all within a stone's throw of the center of Franschhoek.
Ideas for experiencing Franschhoek
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Franschhoek, and which use the best local guides.