Many people drive all the way to Franschhoek and stick to the main drag of the main road. Here are eight things to do that might help to make the best of a visit to this splendid stopover.
1. Beer and pub fare fair enough!
The Franschhoek Station Pub and Grill is a local favourite. Situated in a rustic stone train station makes for a memorable visit. Weekends bring live music and country cheer.
Website: www.franschhoekstationpub.co.za
Email: manager@franschhoekstationpub.co.za
Tel: 021-876-3938
2. Watch orchids grow
The Exotic Plant Company's orchid nursery is at Môreson wine farm on the Happy Valley Road. Here you can see how to cultivate the perfect orchid in a series of individually heated green houses.
Website: www.exoticplantcompany.co.za
Email: info@exoticplantcompany.co.za
Tel: 021-876-3399
3. All about cars
The Franschhoek Motor Museum will wow anyone with the slightest interest in cars. Browse through over 100 years of motor history and see cars from the early 1900s to the latest sports cars. You'll find it at L'Ormarins and see 80 from about 300 name-making cars displayed. Entrance is R60 for adults, R30 for children between 3 and 12. R50 for senior citizens.
Website: www.fmm.co.za
Email: fmm@fmm.co.za
Tel: 021-874-9000
4. Road-trip on two wheels
Hire a bike from Manic Cycles and go with the flow of Franschoek in slow-mo. Make a morning of it, to cater for a wine and picnic outing.
Website: www.maniccycles.co.za
Tel: 021-876-4956
5. Take a hike!
The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is part of the Boland Biosphere Reserve and is just what you need to build up an appetite or walk off lunch. This is Franschhoek's most beautiful spot for hiking and you'll find yourself high up on along Franschhoek Pass – the ideal location for many photo stops. Permits are available through the Tourism Office, Huguenot Museum and Protea Hotel.
Tel: 021-876-2861.
6. Be a culture vulture!
The Huguenot Monument is impossible to miss, perched at the end of the Main Road. The statue is dedicated to the influences of the French Huguenots in the Cape Colony and you can learn about their reasons for settling in this valley. Entrance is R10.
Website: www.museum.co.za
Tel: 021-876-2532
7. Go arty-farty
Franschhoek's art galleries are conveniently close to each other. Kickstart with coffee at Café de Arts on the main road, then move on to Is Art, The Holden Manz Collection or Franschhoek Art House in the same street.
8. Horse around!
Paradise Stables offer both wine tasting and non-wine tasting on horseback. Take a scenic ride through the beautiful countryside surrounding Franschhoek. The trails last for one hour and cost R200 a person.
Website: www.paradisestables.co.za
Tel: 021-876-2160

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