Lying approximately 20 miles to the east of the historic town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa, is the beautiful town of Franschhoek. The town is a hidden gem for travellers and those that are not in the know are missing out on one of the most peaceful yet busy towns to be found in the Western Cape area. A Franschhoek holiday rental cottage not only provides you with all of the amenities you need to have a comfortable stay, it also acts as the perfect base in which to lay your head after a busy and memorable day out.
Although the town is considered quite small there are plenty of activities to enjoy, particularly as Franschhoek sits on the edge of the Haweqwa Nature reserve. Amongst the many activities available on a Franschhoek holiday is bird watching, white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, horse riding, mountaineering, golf and water tubing.
If you have enough energy left to venture further afield than your Franschhoek holiday rental cottage, then it is worth taking the 45 minute road journey to the town of Grabouw. Situated in the Elgin Valley, Grabouw is one of the major centres of the Elgin Valley region for fruit production. Due to this, visitors can enjoy browsing round the Elgin Apple Museum which is situated in one of the town’s oldest buildings. The last weekend in the month of October also sees a large festival held in the town. The Elgin Festival attracts many visitors and is filled with displays of flowers, wine, fruit and other local products.
If a Franschhoek holiday is looking to be a very exciting option for you and your travelling companions, then you will be eager to learn about the town’s weather. Franschhoek benefits from a wonderful Mediterranean climate, allowing for warm summers and mild, wet winters. The majority of travellers book a Franschhoek holiday from the month of November through to the month of March as these months offer up temperatures of as much as 25 degrees Celsius. If you do not like too much heat, then it is recommended that you visit during the winter months when the maximum daytime temperature is 19 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall amount for Franschhoek is approximately 18 inches.
Travellers will find that it is very easy to start their Franschhoek holiday by arriving at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) which is just over an hour’s journey from the town. There are several air operators that have regular, affordable flights to Cape Town Airport including Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, British Airways, KLM and Emirates. Passengers can leave the UK from most of the major airports up and down the country such as Cardiff (CWL), Belfast (BFS), Heathrow (LHR), Edinburgh (EDI) and Liverpool (LPL).