PAARL – AN INTRODUCTION
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 was founded in 1687, 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 Afrikaans Language Monument that stands astride the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain.
The town has many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch era 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 routes and estates and accommodation to suit a variety of requirements and budgets. The town provides excellent conferencing venues and some of the most idyllic wedding venues in the Cape Winelands. You can revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, superb mountain-biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the spectacular scenery and a leisurely lunch washed down with some of the region’s finest wines.
We look forward to welcoming you to Paarl!