Paarl is a bustling town which lies cradled in the picturesque Berg River Valley, between the second largest granite outcrop in the world, known as Paarl Rock, and the towering Du Toitskloof Mountains.
We pride ourselves on our magnificent natural scenic beauty - mountains, rivers, a rich floral kingdom, views and open spaces. This is enhanced by a unique architectural heritage, which fascinates architects and tourists from around the world.
With our wonderful warm summers and cool mild winters, producing internationally renowned wines, export fruit and fresh produce, Paarl is a unique "tasting experience". Should visitors wish to taste wine, buy fresh farm produce at one of the many farm stalls, enjoy a light meal under the leafy oaks, sip a delicious glass of wine as the sun turns the mountain into a soft purple, sample traditional Cape Cuisine or dine at a superb restaurant - we offer true Cape hospitality.
Even though Paarl has a country feel about it, it is a mere 40 minute drive to Cape Town and is within easy reach of all the other major attractions in the Western Cape.Easy access to beautiful beaches of the Strand and Gordon'sbay is an added bonus (about 45 minutes' drive to the Indian Ocean Seaboard)
An Architectural Treasure
Paarl is considered a treasure chest of South African architecture, with buildings reflecting a rich wealth of design styles from Cape Dutch, through Victorian, Art Deco, 70's nationalist style to modern tower blocks. Travel back in time, meander down the Main Street within a 2 km area reflect on the superb examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Start at the Strooidak Church with its thatch roof and gabled tombs, make your way towards Zeederberg Square. Admire the town's oldest school, the Paarl Gymnasium that was founded in 1858. Guided walking tours of historic Paarl can be arranged. Historic sites include the famous Language Monument on Paarl Mountain, various museums such as the Wagon MMuseum (view by appointment), the Paarl Town Museum, the Taal Museum, to mention a few of the better known venues.
Culture and Festivities
The renowned Paarl Cultivaria cultural festival is hosted in Paarl annually in September, around Heritage Day usually the long weekend from 23 to 27 September. The event includes a psectacular line-up of entertainment and culture from theater and ballet performances, music from rock to classic, live comedy and much more. Food and wine play an important role in the event, and local winemakers and restaurateurs will pamper visitor's palates with unforgettable pleasures.
Arboretum & Birdwatching
Some 4,000 trees representing 700 species both indigenous and exotic line the paths of this rambling park on the banks of the Berg River. The tranquility and scenery of the surrounding mountains add to its beauty. The Paarl Bird Sanctuary features 136 species and is a must for birdwatchers from all over the world.
Wines of Paarl
The wine areas of South Africa are said to be the most beautiful in the world. Paarl is no exception; mountains tower over vineyards that change colour with the seasons. All the noble cultivars and the classic styles are produced - from delicate whites to full-bodied reds, fortified wines, brandies and kosher wines. Winemakers from the Paarl area are amongst the most acclaimed in South Africa with their products winning international awards. Members of the Paarl Vinters are open for wine tasting, tours or light meals served under shady trees or in cellars. A wine industry information office is located along the Main St.
Take the road less travelled and follow the route from the valley of Franschoek, wending your way past the slopes of Stellenbosch until you reach the true pearl of the Winelands, the beautiful town of Paarl! Surrounded by mountains and vineyards, the long Main road leads you through town and around the Rock and beyond to renowned vineyards such as Fairview, Seidelberg, Nelson's Creek, Avondale and many more. Fine wines and escellent tasting and dining facilities for day visitorsawait you at these estates.
Enjoy a round of Golf on the renowned Paarl Golf Course along the Berg River with its magnificent tree lined fairways. Course Details: 27 Holes, par-74, rating 72, 6,268 meters. It is a parkland course, which has been on the present site since 1954. It has well-maintained kikuyu fairways and bent grass greens.
Officially opened at the beginning of November, 2003 by Nicklaus and South African great, Gary Player, Pearl Valley Golf Estates offers uncompromising standards of golf course design and aesthetic beauty. A combination of the deep, lush green on the fairways and greens, together with the brilliant white river sand lining the bunkers was carefully planned to make Pearl Valley Golf Estates the most visually spectacular golf course in the country. The total length of course is 6,801 metres from the Championship tees, whereas the members’ length ranges from 4685 to 5876 metres.
Within a 1 hour radius, approximately 30 more excellent golf courses await the avid golfer!
Visit one of the loveliest and best laid out and prepared polo courses in Africa at Valle de Vie, nestled in the valley just outside Paarl, on the way to Franschoek. Visitors are welcome to call and arrange a few chukkas any time!
See up to a 1,000 Crocodiles from 1m to a monstrous 5meters in length and touch a baby crocodile. Purchase Crocodile Leather Products in the Curio Shop.
Bring the kids to see reptiles, exotic birds and farm animals. Ride a go-kart or the super-tube.
The largest Butterfly Park in Africa where live butterflies fly freely in a beautiful covered tropical garden.
Embark upon a guided outride in the foothills of the Paarl Mountains and experience the fynbos, orchards and vineyards on horseback. Valley Horse Trails, Agter Paarl.
The nature reserve with the second largest granite outcrop in the world and a unique selection of fynbos is a paradise for hiking and mountain biking. Visit the Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of Protea can be seen. Private guided hikes can be arranged with local Fauna & Flora experts.
A 'thrilling' experience - offering 36 types of snakes, tortoise, lizards and leguans.
A picturesque drive ending at a lookout commanding an incredible 360° view of the Winelands. Free-range game and cheetah best viewed during feeding.