PAARL TOURISM

PAARL TOURISM OFFICE

Overview

The scenic beauty of Paarl, the ‘pearl’ of the Cape Winelands, compels visitors to explore the many scenic routes in the valley and the surrounding mountains. A visit to the Cape Winelands is not complete if you do not include the third-oldest town dating back to 1687.

Paarl is a town that takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. Paarl Mountain’s 500-million-year-old domes are one of the world’s largest granite outcrops and often compared to the towering Ayers Rock in Australia.

The town is a mere 45-minutes’ drive from Cape Town.

History:

The birth of Afrikaans as the World’s youngest language is celebrated by the Afrikaans Language Monument that stands astride the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain.

The design of the Afrikaans Language Monument represents the growth and development of Afrikaans and gives recognition to the language’s roots that are spread over the three continents Africa, Europe and Asia.

Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and where he completed his long walk to freedom.

The statue erected of Madiba outside the Correctional Centre bears witness to this landmark chapter in our country’s history.

Building Style:

The town has many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings that compete for space with a wide variety of fine restaurants and coffee shops spread out along the twelve kilometre-long Main Street lined with its old oak trees. 
 
Paarl has the longest Main Road in South Africa! Some of the most beautifully restored buildings includes the Strooidak Church, which is the oldest Dutch Reformed Church building still in use in the country and the Het Gesticht Museum, the fourth oldest church building in South Africa, built as an old slave church in 1813.

Activities & Attractions:

Paarl offers endless activities for the outdoors enthusiast. Hiking in Paarl Mountain Reserve or the Limietberg Nature Reserve, trail running, rock climbing at Paarl Rock, mountain biking, hot-air balloon rides or guided horse rides in the mountains.

Active events such as The Cape Epic Cycle Race, Legend Runner and the The Nelson Mandela 27 for Freedom Run is just some of the big events that take place in our town and surrounds. Paarl is also home to Boland Cricket Park which hosts international events.

Paarl attractions such as Le Bonheur Crocodile Park, Ashia Cheetah Experience and Alpaca Loom offers visitors’ interactive experience with the wonders of the animal kingdom in beautiful outdoor surrounds.

Wineries:

There are a diverse range of wineries to choose from when visiting the Paarl Wine Route.

The first branded wine cellar in South Africa, KWV, was set up in Paarl initially to produce cooperatively and coordinate surplus wine. In the aftermath of apartheid and the opening of trade, Paarl producers together formed the Paarl Wine Route, the second such route in South Africa.

It’s larger, better known members include KWV and Nederburg Wine Estate.

Smaller boutique producers, each with their own personality, offer Paarl’s signature wine diversity, and exciting tourism opportunities such as Mellasat Wines, home to the first white Pinotage.

Pinotage is a cultivar indigenous to South Africa.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 872 4842
Email: paarlinfo@dlta.co.za
Website: www.paarlonline.com
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Opening Hours

We are open from:
Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00
Weekends: 10:00 – 13:00
Public Holidays: 10:00 – 13:00
Christmas, New Years & Good Friday: CLOSED

Address

216 Main Road
Paarl