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Wine Country

Around 45 minutes drive from Cape Town are the winelands. Hire a car and spend a few days touring around admiring the scenery and visiting the wine estates around Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Constantia, the upmarket southern suburb of Cape Town. Stellenbosch is one of the most famous towns and the second oldest in South Africa – after Cape Town.

The sights

Stellenbosch: Just 45 miles from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and the centre of the winelands where some 100 estates are open to the public. The Spier winery is the one of the most well-known and is a real family day out.

Franschoek: Its name means French Corner and it lies around 17 miles north east of Stellenbosch. The Franschoek Valley is lined with spectacular mountain peaks with vineyards clinging to the slopes.

Paarl: The Afrikaaner meaning is “pearl” and the town is named after the granite mountain which rises up behind it. Like its neighbours, it offers a wine route and a range of excellent restaurants where you can sample the local produce with fine food.