The town of Franschhoek takes its name from the French Huguenots who settled the area in the 17th century and brought their winemaking skills with them. This heritage can be explored at the Huguenot Monument and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Franschhoek is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa with several global award-winning restaurants such as La Petite Colombe, Reubens and more.
It is a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains and verdant farmlands. There are many French-inspired wine estates to visit such as La Motte, Champagne, La Cotte, Cabrière and La Provence. Other popular activities include picnics at Boschendal, a beautiful old estate or exploring the vineyards by bike and Segway.