Paarl is an indescribably beautiful piece of the Cape, nestled between mountains and surrounded by stunning wine farms. It boasts many popular restaurants, fine attractions and elegant places to stay.
Paarl, which is also fondly known as ‘the Pearl of Cape Town’ is approximately 60 kilometres (an hour’s drive) from the heart of the Mother City and is famous for several attributes. Firstly, it is the largest town in the Cape Winelands area, and secondly, it is the third oldest settlement in the Republic of South Africa. It dates back to 1657. In addition, the prison where Nelson Mandela spent his last few years in confinement is nearby, and the town has the unique cultural attraction of the Language Museum, or Taalmuseum, mainly dedicated to the language of Afrikaans. The ‘Afrikaanse Taalmonument’ proudly sits atop the slopes of Paarl Mountain.
The Paarl Wine Route is one of the most famous wine routes in the Cape, and one that attracts many wine enthusiasts every year. Gorgeous scenery of mountains and natural areas of rich fauna and flora surround Paarl and all of its wine producing estates. The valley is formed between the Drakenstein Mountains and Paarl Mountain (or Paarl rock), well known for its giant granite rocks that were once deemed to be impossible to climb. Originally, it was referred to as the Diamond and Pearl Mountain.
With such beauty at its fingertips, it’s no wonder that Paarl has become such a beloved place in the Western Cape. The lovely town has a famous 11 kilometre long main street with some beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Georgina and Victorian homes and buildings. The Strooidak Church is one of them and is the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the country. The Paarl Museum is here as well, in one of the attractive Cape Dutch houses, and is the best place to learn all about the history of the town.
Paarl has the unique cultural attraction of the Afrikaans Language Museum, as it was here that the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (association of true Afrikaners) put the foundations of the language into place. The museum, on the banks of the Berg River and in a Georgian-style home, has some wonderful exhibitions regarding the language’s roots, variants and expressions. It has a new multimedia exhibition as well as texts and commentary on sound systems. The very impressive Taal Monument perched on Paarl Rock overlooks the farms of Paarl and was built in 1975, and commemorates the language. Afrikaans is one of the youngest languages of the world and is one of the official languages of South Africa.
When in Paarl you will feel as if you have the world at your feet, and your days will be filled with wonderful experiences, adventures and discoveries. Paarl is the sort of town that deserves to be thoroughly explored – leave no stone unturned and you will come across all the secret pleasures that have so many returning repeatedly for their holidays!
East Cape Tours will take care of all your accommodation needs whilst you concentrate on making the most of your time in ‘the Paarl’. Book your stay now from our website or contact us for any further information required.