Paarl – Major City

It literally means Pearl? How can a city with such a stunning name be anything less than exquisite? It is the oldest European settlement in the entire South Africa. It is situated in the stunning Cape wine lands and is also the largest city in these wine lands.

If you go just a couple of kilometres outside of town you find the picturesque town of Franschoek. In this stunning town you will find not only stunning views but also a thing called the hop-on-hop-of wine train. Sort of like the London vibe, just add a stunning Mountain View and a tour through the best wine farms in the world. This is the most fun way to get in your wine route. There are multiple routes to choose from but all are equally good. This is definitely worth the trip.

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If you happen to be in Paarl between November and April, wait for the full moon and head down to the Taalmonument. No I’m not crazy it’s a full moon picnic. Every full moon residents gather together under the stunning moon and with a stunning view lit by nature everything is in place for a magical picnic.

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Definitely visit the world renowned Val-de-Vie polo estate. You don’t even have to be into polo to appreciate this stunning estate or the amazing food and wine they serve. Booking are essential but the service is amazing and the setting is breath-taking.

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In and around Paarl are tons of amazing wine estates and winery’s. To name but a few: Simonsvlei Winery, Klein Parys Wine Estate, Laborie Wine Estate, Lindhorst Winery, Nederburg Wine Estate, Under Oaks Wine Farm, Vendôme Wine Estate and Mooi Bly Wine Estate. There are too many to mention and too many to choose but rest assured the one is better than the other!

If you are an animal lover Wine Valley Horse Trails is the thing for you. They have a number of packages from 1 to 6 hours; some have wine tastings combined in the experience. What sound more amazing than strolling through the wine lands on a stallion with a magnificent mountain range supplying you with a breath-taking view?

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Visit the Paarl for the ultimate city of wine, style and sceneries!

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