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Information on Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa

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Franschhoek is located in the Western Cape Province and is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. It has experienced much growth since the 1990’s.

Franschhoek experiences perfect summer weather with snowy peaks in the winter. It has many excellent restaurants and wine routes and has a close proximity to Cape Town. This makes Franschhoek a notable attraction in South Africa. Franschhoek has been described as the food and wine capital of South Africa.


Franschhoek History

The valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek, so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area.

The name of the area soon changed to Franschhoek, with many of the settlers naming their new farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabriere, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donne and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms,  most of which still retain their original farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries.

This heritage is preserved today with the Huguenot Monument standing at the top of the village. The museum nearby chronicles the history of the first settlers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own fascinating story to tell.

The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village is unspoilt, with restrictions having been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers to the area.

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