Paarl Top Attractions
Paarl Top Attractions
South Africa has been in a state of emergency since Monday, 16 March 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented situation is evolving rapidly and its potential outcome is still unpredictable. The containment of the Corona virus is obviously a key concern at the moment and we endeavour to keep you updated on the latest developments.
Visit Paarl is constantly receiving updates and communication from the relevant bodies. We consider it the highest priority to relay this information to our visitors and members to ensure that you can make informed decisions.
We still welcome visitors to our beautiful town, but please take note of the precautions as stipulated and noted in the SA Government Gazette and those imposed on our businesses.
Social distancing forms one of the key advisories during this period and spending time in the great outdoors is one of the best solutions. With our beautiful natural surroundings Paarl is an ideal destination to discover and appreciate nature, while safeguarding your health. Average daily temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius make it the perfect time of the year to enjoy some sunshine and to discover our mountain trails for some mountain-biking, hiking, walking and trail running.
Take a day trip to Paarl where you can still savour some great wine, enjoy local cuisine (click on the LINK) and experience the joy of nature. We have compiled a list of wineries, restaurants and attractions (click on the LINK) that you are available to visit during these times of social distancing. They have put stringent measurements in place to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, visitors and guests. The situation is monitored daily and adjustments are made as required.
If you are looking for a secluded getaway (click on the LINK) that provides you with peace of mind during these challenging times, you are welcome to contact the local Visitors Centre for assistance and information. We do have a number of guest facilities that provide safe and secure accommodation, while adhering to a high standard of hygienic protocols.
We understand that the rapidly evolving situation impacts everyone. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to extend our support and assurance to you that Visit Paarl will work with you to keep the disruption and impact as minimal as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
AN INTRODUCTION TO PAARL
The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore the many cultural and historical attractions in the Drakenstein Valley, together with some of the most bountiful nature reserves in the surrounding mountains.
Paarl takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. The town which is only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town was founded in 1687 and is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. The birth of Afrikaans as the world’s youngest language is celebrated by the iconic Afrikaans Language Monument that stands prominently on the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain.
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.
Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and from which he completed his “long walk to freedom”.
Paarl boasts true country hospitality, award winning wine farms and estates, and a plethora of accommodation to suit both your requirements and budget. The town provides excellent conferencing venues and some of the most idyllic wedding venues in the Cape Winelands. Revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, cycle along superb mountain-biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the spectacular scenery, followed by a leisurely lunch and fine wines from the region.
We look forward to welcoming you to Paarl – the Pearl of The Winelands!