Paarl- Beautiful Wine Country

Posted by AmandaTom on June 29th, 2013

Paarl was named by the Dutch settlers in the 1600s and actually means Pearl, yet the original inhabitants of the land were the Peninsular Khoikoiand the Cochoqua. They called Paarl Rock “Tortoise Mountain” which is what they associated it with. 

Thelandscapes that surround Paarl are rich in fauna and flora and are perfect for hiking. Explore the Paarl Mountain Reserve or enjoy bird watching at Limietberg and Jonkershoek Nature Reserves.

Paarl is home to numerous wine estates and present guests with the opportunity to taste some of South Africa’s award winning wines.The Paarl Golf club boasts an 18-hole course offering golfers views of the Mountains and wine estates.

Shop until you drop at the Paarl Mall, there is something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxing day of catch and release bass and trout fishing at one of the many farms in the area. Wine Valley Horse Trails is perfect for exploring the Wine lands. Enjoy the fresh air while hiking and become inspired by the beauty of the mountains and valleys and satisfy your taste buds by dining at one of the many restaurants on offer.

Paarl hosts events annually such as the Berg River Canoe Marathon and the McCarthy Toyota Paarlberg Half Marathon.The annual Cultivaria Arts Festival is an event that must be experienced by all. The festival is in association with the Drakenstein Municipality and they work closely to bring art and culture to Paarl.

This charming town has many interesting sights that are a must see. One of the most popular sites in Paarl is the Afrikaans Taal Monument, standing tall and proud alongside Paarl Rock.  . The design of the monument has a very specific meaning and is meant to honour Afrikaans as a language. Trips to the museums in town are a perfect way to learn more about the Dutch, Georgian and English influences that have helped form the beloved town of Paarl.  Wine-tasting tours are the perfect opportunity to sample some of the award winning wines in the area

The Drakenstein Correctional facility is another well-known site to visit. The correctional facility was part of a historic event in 1990 when former president Nelson Mandela was released from incarceration, and thus marked the start of new beginnings in South Africa which is celebrated with a life sized bronze statue of Nelson Mandela.  Drakenstein Lion Parkallows visitors to come face-to-face with the king of the jungle.

If you are searching for a relaxing atmosphere filled with history and culture,look no further than Paarl.Come and stay at Paarl self-catering establishments and Paarl guest house for a memorable getaway. Visit for all accommodation options. Forget about everyday life and satisfy your senses by enjoying award winning wines, delicious cuisine and the beauty on offer in this town.

People who are looking forward to having a different travelling experience and to visiting a less famous city will be pleased to learn more about Paarl Self-Catering and Paarl Guest House.


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