Paarl, Western Cape
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The natural attractions of Paarl captivated Charles Darwin when he visited the town in 1836.
Deep within the Cape Winelands is Paarl, the historic birthplace of the Afrikaans language and home to KWV, one of South Africa's most highly acclaimed wine estates. Paarl is the third-oldest town in South Africa and is located 40 minutes from Cape Town.
The town plays host to a rich, mixed cultural heritage that dates back to the arrival of Dutch settlers in 1687. A scenic drive down Main Road, the longest in the country, presents a mosaic of fine Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and art deco architecture that is sure to captivate you. The birth of the Afrikaans language is commemorated by the Afrikaans Language Monument and Museum on the slopes of the beautiful Paarl Mountain. It was also just outside Paarl - at Drakenstein Prison - that Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and started his walk to freedom.
Activities in Paarl are exciting and diverse. There are the world-famous Paarl wine route where wine-tasting expeditions beckon, scenic drives around the valley, hiking trails and wonderful restaurants to choose from. Paarl Rock has also become a popular spot for rock climbers.
The famous Co-operative Wine Growers' Association (better known by its Afrikaans initials KWV) is located in Paarl. KWV boasts an international reputation for the quality of its brandies.
Other interesting Paarl activities include a crocodile farm, snake park and glass-blowing studio.
It is best to experience what the scenic Paarl Valley has to offer during an overnight stay. Plenty of accommodation is offered in the town and on surrounding farms, including campsites, B&Bs, boutique hotels and five-star hotels.
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Who to contact
Paarl Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (0) 73 708 2835