Visit Franschhoek, South Africa
Surrounded on three sides by towering mountains in a setting reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, Franschhoek was founded by Huguenot refugees. In fact, Franschhoek translates as 'French corner'.
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 Franschhoek itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Franschhoek, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this 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 10 miles away
- Paarl 16 miles away
- Stellenbosch 16 miles away
- Hermanus 36 miles away
- The Whale Coast 37 miles away
- Cape Town 41 miles away
- Constantia 42 miles away
- The Cape Peninsula 48 miles away
- De Kelders 48 miles away
- The Overberg 54 miles away
- Montagu 59 miles away
- Swellendam 77 miles away
- Sanbona Game Reserve 83 miles away
- Langebaan 85 miles away
- De Hoop Nature Reserve 90 miles away
- The Cederberg Mountains 98 miles away
- Paternoster 105 miles away
- Calitzdorp 150 miles away
- Oudtshoorn & Surrounds 179 miles away
- The Cango Caves & Swartberg Pass 182 miles away
- Wilderness 199 miles away
- The Klein Karoo 220 miles away
- Knysna 226 miles away
- Plettenberg Bay 244 miles away
- Tsitsikamma Forest 265 miles away
Accommodation choices for Franschhoek
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Ideas for experiencing Franschhoek
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